Dems Hit Paydirt on Heckle?

By Jacqueline Klingebiel

Sep 10, 2009 7:42am

President Obama’s clarity last night probably helped him with the public.

His passion likely energized Democrats. But no evidence yet that he changed the fundamental legislative dynamic: Democrats are going to have to pass reform on their own.

And they claim at least one immediate political benefit from Congressman Joe Wilson’s outburst: overnight Wilson’s opponent, former Marine Joe Miller, received 3000 individual contributions totaling about $100,000.

UPDATE: My colleague David Chalian just heard from the DCCC that Miller’s take since the "you lie" moment is more than $400,000 from 11,000 contributors. That means he's raised two-thirds of his
total take from the 2008 congressional cycle in less than 24 hours.

Of course Wilson did trounce Miller in 2008: 54- 46

Here's the rest of my conversation with Diane on GMA.

- George Stephanopoulos

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