Recently Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida has been seen and heard in national media far more often than is normal for freshmen representatives. His most famous saying concerned Republican attitudes toward the health reform measures moving thru the House and Senate
“If you get sick, America, the Republicans’ health care plan is this: Die quickly.”
As always, some on the left side of the political spectrum have tried to shut the man down because they feel his tactics are counterproductive – just stirring up too much shit and not showing ‘understanding’ of his opponents point of view.
Acceptance of the other side’s thinking is a basic attribute of liberals – an open minded approach to opposing viewpoints, arguing against them but at the same time saying, “Yes, we understand what you are saying but we think you are wrong. I hope that doesn’t offend you.” Alan Grayson has apparently decided such niceties haven’t worked in the past, aren’t working today, and he has begun to call out the Republicans when they lie and when they do nothing more than obstruct Democratic efforts to move forward.
In Sunday’s NYTimes, an op ed piece by David M. Herszenhorn exemplifies the ‘either or’ side of the argument, starting off with the headline:
WASHINGTON — On paper, Representative Alan Grayson, a freshman Democrat from Florida, seems a bit stiff: degrees from Harvard and Harvard Law; a résumé that includes clerking for the United States Court of Appeals under Judges Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Robert Bork; an advocate for the aging.
But in recent weeks, Mr. Grayson has catapulted himself to national renown for outlandish rhetoric and a pugilistic political style that makes him seem less staid lawmaker than a character on the lam from one of his Orlando district’s theme parks.
Mr Herszenhorn doesn’t put a question mark in his headline and thruout the piece provides a fine example of ‘fair and balanced’ media in denigrating Mr Grayson, even naming him “wing nut”. Obviously, David doesn’t keep up with the appropriate vernacular – wing nuts are on the right, moonbats are on the left. Herszenhorn gives us the tried and true (except it’s seldom true) either/or dichotomy we all too often see on TV and in print with his comments about the Democratic leaders in Congress attempting to rein in Mr Grayson while admitting “Some Democrats also say that Mr. Grayson fills a void”.
Hey, some people have a clue!
The present Republican Party in America is proudly the Party of NO, they see their quickest return to power is thru total obstructionism of Democratic efforts while simultaneously shouting loudly, aided and abetted by the media noise machine, “See, we told you the Dems can’t do anything!”
James Carville, after meeting with Congressman Grayson recently, is quoted in the Times as saying
“There is always a feeling among liberals, a psychology that we are too apologetic; we see six sides to the Pentagon, “He was smart; he’s not just a crank,” Mr. Carville said. “He wanted to be anything but an apologetic, ‘if I said anything that offended anybody’ kind of liberal.” Mr. Carville added that party leaders will view Mr. Grayson as a “torpedo” they can deploy, especially if Democrats lose important governors’ races this week.
“We need guys like that out there,” he said.
The next sentence in the Times piece provides a perfect example of the media’s attempted atonement for its sycophancy during the Bush years.
“Not everyone thinks so.”
Well, duh. Of course, the Blue Dogs who are really moderate Republicans in their thinking and the various talking heads from the various Washington think tanks, are going to say the gentleman shouldn’t be so strident in his criticisms but I’m on the side of Carville and that other bomb thrower, Barney Frank who said
“I welcome Grayson’s taking the fight to them. I think he has got to be a little more careful about his punches, but I am glad he’s throwing them.”
Herszenhorn also attempts to imply that Mr Grayson’s recent visibility could be an impediment to his re-election next year. “Mr. Grayson was elected narrowly in 2008 in a district that typically tilts Republican, and some analysts think Orlando voters will end his political career next year.” Well played David, that use of “some analysts” looks like you made an effort to find “other analysts” who disagree with “some’s” opinions – Why didn’t you mention the fact the Florida Republican who ran against him last time has bailed out or that three other potential opponents refused to run against Grayson and the only Repub the state party could find to run against him is a South Florida Cuban, who has never lived in Grayson’s district. That would have perhaps shown your readers that maybe, just maybe, Mr Grayson is making a bigger impact than “an obscure Bronx-born, oddball first-termer” was expected to make by those blinded by their membership in the Beltway Boys Club.