I understand as well as anyone, that the health care finance reform
process has been dispiriting so far. Congressman Joe Wilson of
South Carolina has brought
the process to a new low. So low, in fact, that his website is down for
maintenance (at the moment, anyway), and the WIkipedia page
about him has been locked, due to vandalism.
When the debate got started, I expected to be posting regularly on the
topic. But the debate did not last very long. Instead, all
we’ve gotten has been a zoological garden of logical fallacies,
rhetorical tricks, and propaganda.
So the one really good idea I have to offer, at this point, is this:
Barack Obama should invite Joe Wilson to the White House for a
beer. (Perhaps offering the Son of a Peach from RJ Rockers
brewery; it’d be a nice touch, it being a South Carolina product.)
If Wilson accepts, then Obama gets to salvage his desired image
as a bipartisan peacemaker. If Wilson refuses, then, well, Wilson
looks like an even bigger jerk.