11/10/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Game On

"You lie!" An economy of words, but a liberality of message.

Thank you Joseph Wilson. Last evening, your socially inappropriate phonic tic put
a fine point on the bare knuckle brawl that has been raging in the public square.
The representative from South Carolina acquitted himself in a style that would have
given neurologist Gilles de la Tourette pause. This morning, when I attempted to
access Representative Wilson's site , it was over-whelmed and unavailable. No doubt
the crush of e-traffic was from other well-wishers hoping to send Joe a nice virtual
fruit basket.

Conservative contempt for our president was palpable in the house Wednesday night.
The Republican gallery sulked and slouched in their highly polished mahogany benches,
their body language spoke volumes. Secret BlackBerry-originated screes swirled in the
ethers. Joseph Wilson's rude outburst was merely the steam valve on his party's common
pressure cooker. While the petulant Republicans bristled and squirmed like ill-mannered
school boys, President Obama rallied his troops. He was, in a word, breathtaking.
There may have been only a few converts last evening, but the faithful were born again.

During the summer recess, bad behavior at town hall meetings was couched simply as
unbridled patriotism. It has been my experience, that on any given Tuesday, the tea bag
crowd was one epithet shy of a fist fight. Depending on the slant of the local media
coverage, public opinion was previously up for grabs.

That was so last August. Representative Wilson's spontaneous episode of coprolalia
crystallized the mean-spirited conservative position for all the world to see. I say,
bravo to you, sir! It's out in the open now ... game on.