Gail Collins opens her column with this observation:
Let me go out on a limb and say that it is not a good plan to heckle the president of the United States when heâ€™s making a speech about replacing acrimony with civility.
Maybe. But I have this feeling that Rep. Wilson is about to join the ranks of Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber as the newest wingnut hero. You’d think that an elected representative heckling the President of the United States during a speech to Congress would be considered inappropriate, but as the summer’s town hall disruptions made clear, the right wing is operating under an entirely different set of assumptions than most, you know, sane people. Honestly, I think Wilson could have walked up to the front of the room, pulled down his pants, and taken a dump right on the podium, and he’d still be applauded by the wingnut media. Wilson may have just put himself on the short list of Republican presidential contenders for 2012.
(Saturday morning update: as I expected.)