I think what you’re looking at is folks on my side anxious to see what the president has to say tomorrow night. I think he’s going to have to express some humility based on what we’ve seen around the country during August, and that’s not his inclination.Jim Galloway of the Atlanta Journal Constitution added:
Please note that Chambliss did not use the “U” word.I had to look this one up. For those who don't know, the "U word" is "Uppity."
But let's not assume the Southern Republican Senator was calling for the President to Yassuh and Nossuh his way through his health care speech last night. For the sake of simplicity, let's just assume he was calling for a respectful level of political decorum and respectful level of tolerance for opposing views.
So how did the Republicans do last night?
Well first there was South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson:
In an extraordinary breach of congressional decorum, a Republican lawmaker shouted "You lie" atAfter the inevitable backlash, the "gentleman" from South Carolina apologized: during his speech to Congress Wednesday.
"This evening I let my emotions get the best of me," Wilson said in a statement. "While I disagree with the president's statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the president for this lack of civility."Then there was this stuff from the Huffingtonpost:
Wilson's wasn't the only disruption, though it was the most extreme. Throughout the speech, Republican members of Congress repeatedly held up stacks of papers that appeared to represent ideas they had for the bill.And Van Jones got into trouble for calling Republicans "assholes."
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) held signs that read "What Bill?" and "What Plan?"
When Obama told the chamber that the "death panel" lie was, in fact, a lie, a Republican member said loudly enough to be heard in the press gallery, "Read the bill" -- a common refrain at August's angry town hall meetings.
When Obama told the chamber that he had "no interest in putting insurance companies out of business," a Republican member responded with a loud, "Ha!"
"Nineteen years, never, never have I seen anything like this," said a furious Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) after the speech.
"I thought it was very inappropriate behavior, to hold up signs. None of us ever would have done that," said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.). "I don't think in the Congress of the United States there ought to be catcalls, or people standing up and yelling comments or holding up signs."
Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the longest serving member in House history, said he was not impressed by the GOP antics. "Well, you've got to understand: They're Republicans. They're just doing what comes natural," he told HuffPost.