U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson continued his slow march out of Congress by apologizing a second time to President Barack Obama with a mea culpa as lame as the first one.
A disruption by an out-of-order, childish, dumb taunt from GOP Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina, who shouted, "You lie," when Obama said that illegal immigrants would not be covered under his health care measure. The errant congressman later apologized, of course, but his infamous heckling would not be forgotten.
The angry outburst reminded us that this defining domestic debate has, at times, descended into a churlish display of acrimony. Hard to escape, it seems. But after Obama's speech, maybe a tad easier to ignore.
. . .the president remained committed -- at least for now -- to the public option for those who don't have insurance. Yet the wiggle room was there: "It is only one part of my plan," the president told us, "and should not be used as a handy excuse for the usual Washington ideological battles." In other words, there are ways to get around this. Take that, Democratic left.