Last nights speech could not have gone better for Obama. His salesmanship, as usual, was spot on. It was his most substantive communication on health care. And Joe Wilson literally handed him a victory by his outrageous, petty and crude behaviour.
Wilson's behaviour couldn't have been better if it was scripted. The White House was looking for a foil, and I'm sure they are happy to see Wilson step up and volunteer.
To be sure, Wilson's comments themselves really don't matter. But of course, the wackiness of it, the conflict within it, and his "I'm sorry but the Republican leadership made me apologize, apology," is great theater.
The momentum has totally shifted towards Obama according to some polls taken after the speech. Now, I do not know if it will last, because as we all know per the Wilson comment, one small outburst, event, or comment can turn an entire effort into compost.