Not that tu quoque is ever really a valid defense, but as the Democrats get up on their pedestals for 10 minutes hate of Rep. Joe Wilson today it’s worth noting some of the history Democrats have with President Bush. For instance:
In 2004, Democrats delivered a “Chorus Of Boos” during Bush’s Bush’s State Of The Union when he called for renewal of the Patriot Act., according to the Washington Times.
In 2005, Dems howled, hissed and shouted “No!” when Bush pushed for Social Security reform in the SOU: “Foreshadowing the contentiousness of the coming debate, Democrats broke decorum and booed twice,” according to the National Journal.
At the time, CNN’s Bill Schneider remarked, “It was unusual. I had never heard it at least at that level before. The Democrats clearly were booing, heckling, saying no when the president talked about the crisis in Social Security.”
MR. RUSSERT: When the president talked about Yucca Mountain and moving the nation’s nuclear waste there, you were very, very, very strong in your words. You said, “President Bush is a liar. He betrayed Nevada and he betrayed the country.”
Is that rhetoric appropriate?
SEN. REID: I don’t know if that rhetoric is appropriate. That’s how I feel, and that’s how I felt. I think to take that issue, Tim, to take the most poisonous substance known to man, plutonium, and haul 70,000 tons of it across the highways and railways of this country, past schools and churches and people’s businesses is wrong. It’s something that is being forced upon this country by the utilities, and it’s wrong. And we have to stop it. And people may not like what I said, but I said it, and I don’t back off one bit.
And, as the topper, remember when Democrats used to give tickets to groups like Code Pink so that they could go in and disrupt events like Bush’s inauguration and his state of the union addresses? People like Cindy Sheehan and Medea Benjamin have been given access to events by Democrats for the express purpose of disrupting them.
But Rep. Wilson speaking a little truth to power and calling Obama a liar. That’s unacceptable. That’s beyond the pale.
Nope, no hypocrisy here. Move along.