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