The US House of Representatives voted for a motion to disapprove of the behavior of Joe Wilson, 240-179 with five voting present.
I’m not happy with Giffords’s vote, although it does give her a chance to blunt the inevitable argument from the other side that she’s a Pelosi-clone. Of course, as we’ve seen, such arguments are made by the Republicans regardless of her actual record.
I know that this might give some of my readers another excuse to pile on Giffords, but it is a waste of energy on a symbolic measure like this. It looks like this might not be much of a “liberal litmus test” anyhow; “nays” were also registered by Jim McDermott and Dennis Kucinich.
UPDATE: Giffords has released a statement on the vote:
It is unfortunate that Congressman Wilson has not apologized to our colleagues for his rude outburst. He should. Heckling the President of the United States while he is addressing a joint session of Congress is totally unacceptable for a member of this body. The American people know this and Rep. Wilson knows this – that is why he apologized to President Obama. We should not waste any more time on this matter. We need to stay focused on health insurance reform and improving our economy.