Rep. Joe Wilson shouted the axiom heard around the world: you lie, during Obama’s speech while mid-lie. Since then, Wilson has apologized for the outburst, but not the content, which he should not, since he was only being honest.
What has been the fallout of Joe Wilson’s outburst? $17,000 per hour in campaign contributions, give or take a thousand or so. He has raised $750,000 in less than 48 hours according to a national Republican fundraising committee.
Republican fence-sitters and moderate wannabes should take note of Wilson’s political capital windfall from his Kinsley Gaffe. We have all experienced an amusing situation when someone says exactly what we are thinking, but haven’t the gall to utter. Painful and uncomfortable to witness, yet still amusing and strangely satisfying.
David Axlerod, Obama’s presidential campaign czar, was overheard at a Washington D.C. diner discussing the Joe Wilson effect: “$750,000 in less than 48 hours. Hmmm, it would be an outrage if Obama couldn’t capitalize on his own lies. It would be outrageous not to. According to the Joe Wilson algorithm, we could, yes, definitely could, raise $68 billion for Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign based just on his lies during his first eight months.”