Sort of. I agree with Mark that Wilson is a scum, but I think it’s not because he yelled out something at the President.
If, when George W. Bush said “The British have learned that Saddam is pursuing enriched uranium from Africa,” someone had stood up and said “That’s a lie!”, and called him on it, then that might have actually been a good thing for the Republic. Somehow Winston Churchill got through World War II and David Lloyd George got through (the second half) of World War I having to face Prime Minister’s questions (although Churchill was working in a unity government). Put another way:
1) Lese-majeste is not a crime or a tort, and shouldn’t be;
2) The reason why Wilson is a scum is that he himself is a liar, not because he dissented; and
3) Overall, we could use a little less deference to the exalted King President of the United States.
This past month has made political raucousness look pretty bad, as it often does. But it’s better that Congresscritters do it themselves than hide behind their minions. The Senate often hides behind its elaborate decorum to disguise the viciousness of its members, and I’m not sure that that makes things better.
If anything, the problem over the last several years is that we have given too much respect to the Presidency, while Congress has just sat there.
And I think in general that this redounds to the Democrats advantage: I’d rather have someone be able to call something a “lie” when it is. The Republicans will be on the receiving end more of this in any event.
My preferred solution is to have Obama get the same supine deference for the next 7 years that Bush got from the assorted press corps, and have everyone wonder whether Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck are traitors for disagreeing with the President of the United States. Every time any Republican wants to know anything about Obama, he should be told that it is covered under the inherent powers of the Commander-in-Chief. And after that, all bets are off.