Finally...Obama got his mojo back last night.
Like so many others, I was energized by his health care speech. I even sent $50 off to the Organizing for America folks whose email pitches I've been ignoring, because I've been irritated about how Obama was letting Republicans get away with so many lies.
It was amazing, but not particularly surprising, to hear a Republican congressman yell out "You lie!" when Obama said that health reform wouldn't insure illegal immigrants.
It takes one to know one, as the saying goes.
The Republican party is notorious for harboring gay-bashers who turn out to be homosexuals themselves, moralistic fundamentalists who turn out to be having affairs, and liars who are fond of accusing other people of lying.
It's a fact: Rep. Joe Wilson said that Obama lied, but this itself was a lie.
Along with most of the other crap that opponents of health reform have been throwing around, hoping some would stick to the inside of the brains of gullible Americans.
PolitiFact does say there is some truth to the claim that the reform bills currently don't have a 100% sure-fire mechanism to make sure that verification of citizenship would be required before someone could apply for benefits.
But this is a long ways from Wilson's "you lie!"
Obama's health reform plans make so much sense, the Republicans have to resort to lies and half truths in order to get any traction at all in their efforts to defeat the legislation.
It was interesting that the Republican side of Congress stood and applauded mentions of key reform goals: doing away from pre-existing condition exclusions, stopping insurance companies from denying coverage after someone becomes seriously ill, and so on.
And how can anyone be against helping low- and middle-income people obtain affordable health insurance coverage?
Two-thirds of those who watched Obama's speech favor his reform plans. Last night wasn't a game-changer, but Obama's impressive clear-headed performance went a long way toward shoving the right-wing lying machine out of the public spotlight.
Now, it's time for Congress to get going and pass a reform bill. Do your part. It just takes a minute or two.