Democrats want to punish Wilson for a breach of congressional decorum. Their options range from verbal censure to expulsion.
Since then, both liberals and conservatives have turned the incident into a , with the former calling for more apologies, and the latter saying no more are needed. Both Wilson and his likely Democratic opponent next fall, Rob Miller, have capitalized on their moment in the media sun by raising lots of money – over $1 million apiece.
So, the quick answer to the "who benefits" question might be "everybody, to some extent."
The Wilson flap may have become a sort of mini-wedge issue, something that motivates partisans on both sides by its ability to connect with their emotions.