The Associated Press reports today, although it’s all the way at the end of the news story:
In the first 24 hours after Wilson’s outburst, Miller’s campaign coffers swelled by $200,000, according to Jessica Santillo of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The contribution, she said, came in from 5,000 individual contributions.
And according to Wikipedia, “In the 2008 general election, [Wilson] won 54 percent of the vote to Rob Miller’s 46 percent, the closest race in the district in 20 years.”
Congressional races take money, so if you can give Rob Miller a donation, please do so! You can do so by clicking here.
I think that Miller can take Wilson down this time, so that your donation wouldn’t be a waste of your money.
(Miller needs to get his campaign website up and running ASAP, though; robmillerforcongress.com is not working…)
Finally, the news media are reporting that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi isn’t seeking Wilson’s head on a silver platter for his unprecedented-at-least-in-modern-times outburst, and President Barack Obama has said that he has accepted Wilson’s apology, noting that “we all make mistakes.”
Um, sure, we all make mistakes, but how many of us heckle the president of the United States of America while he (or she — one day…) is delivering a nationally televised address to Congress?
I’m not sure whether the Democratic leadership is doing the politically smartest thing by not appearing to be too vengeful or whether they’re shooting themselves in the feet yet once again by appearing to be too wussified.
Anyone who cares to chime in on that question, please leave a comment below.
Update (7:40 p.m.):
The Associated Press now puts Democrat Rob Miller’s post-“Joe”-Wilson-outburst take at $500,000 thus far. Talk about your unintended consequences!
While Wilson’s bullshit might play well in his own congressional district — that the people of his district would elect him repeatedly says a lot about the people of his district, I surmise — he has further harmed his party, which is a national party no more.
And that’s priceless.