I started off as one of those wanting to move on after the entertainment value of Confederate Joe Wilson’s outburst ended. But his colleague from South Carolina, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, is advancing a theory that’s not unlike putting a dog’s nose in its mess as a proper punishment:
Clyburn also said that cracking down on Wilson is a matter surviving in
the cut-throat politics of South Carolina. “In South Carolina politics,
I learned that the olive branch works very seldom,” said Clyburn. “You
have to come at these things from a position of strength. My father
used to say, ‘Son, always remember that silence gives consent.'”
Wilson is, of course, not going to learn from his mistake (he probably loves the smell of dog shit) but Clyburn’s argument resonates with me since I live in a blue pocket of the red state of Louisiana. Besides, if a House Democrat had called President Beavis a liar, the Goopers would have wanted him boiled alive, shelled and drowned in Tabasco sauce. Uh oh, I must be hungry, sounds like a crawfish boil to me…
My conclusion: Clyburn may be right in wanting to serve up a little redneck on the half shell. It won’t taste very good but watching a wingnut squirm is *always* entertaining.