By now you’ve no doubt heard about Republican Congressman Joe Wilson’s classless heckling of President Barack Obama during President Obama’s health care address to the nation, as well as the condemnation of Rep. Wilson’s heckling from elected officials from both parties, but have you heard the comments from Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dave Westlake in the wake of Rep. Wilson’s classless heckling?
In a Twitter update at 7:06 a.m. this morning, Westlake made it clear he supports Rep. Wilson’s heckling of President Obama:
dbwestlake: O said: “If you misrepresent what’s in the plan, we will call you out.” That’s what Joe Wilson did. http://is.gd/36C4b (via @michellemalkin)
Curiously enough, shortly after posting the update on Twitter, Westlake removed it, presumably because he realized how stupid it made him look to agree with a classless Congressman from South Carolina who’s been roundly condemned by officials from both parties. However, despite Westlake’s removal of the Tweet in question, he’s receiving Tweets giving him kudos for supporting Rep. Wilson:
He sure does! The GOP needs to lead! @dbwestlake Great to hear you’re standing behind @congjoewilson ! He deserves it! (via @wickedpoptart)about 2 hours ago from Twitterrific
Here’s what I’m wondering: If Dave Westlake is the REAL leader he seems to think Wisconsin deserves from their Senator, then why is he afraid to stand behind his own words, whether they’re popular or not? After all, real leadership means standing behind your words, no matter how unpopular those words may be. Further, if Congressman Joe Wilson is Dave Westlake’s idea of a “real leader,” then that speaks volumes about what kind of “leader” Dave Westlake would be in the unlikely event he were elected to the U.S. Senate.
However, there’s one thing Dave Westlake is absolutely right about: Wisconsinites do deserve REAL leadership in the United States Senate, and that’s what they’re getting – and will continue to get – from Senator Russ Feingold.