Joe Gandelman puts it perfectly:
The real issue is what was shouted out last night, the setting and how it fit within a context of an ugly summer when American political demonization and rudeness plunged to depths so low that you could film a new version of “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” 300 feet above it and still be at the bottom of the sea.
All the rest is an attempt to use an old and now tiresome tactic: the best defense is a good offense. Deflect. Try to confuse the issue.
GOPers did the right thing in reportedly insisting that Wilson apologize, which he did and Obama accepted it.
Now some are trying to pretend that the issue was something else. It wasn’t: the furor was over an incredibly rude act that has not been seen during a joint session of Congress that violated the way that body has acted for some 200 years. P-e-r-i-o-d.
What matters is that Joe Wilson is not a hero, he’s a buffon who behaved like an ass.