Many are quickly becoming acquainted with Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) for his snarky quips and his multiple media appearances. Here is a Democrat who is bringing some game to the table. When Democrats continue to sacrifice all of their principles in pursuit of this magical utopia called bipartisanship, Grayson is hitting hard and not settling for less.
Gosh, it’s refreshing isn’t it?
So how do opponents respond? Demonize him! Introducing mycongressmanisnuts.com.
We decided that we were not going to sit back and continue to let his outrageous and embarrassing behavior continue without holding him accountable.
They’re not in support of any candidate, they just want to unseat him. Sure. And playing into the Boston Tea Party thing for their upcoming Money Bomb just means they’re patriots, right? I’m suspicious.
Also, the New York Times today addressed the “controversy” of Alan Grayson today in an article called Alan Grayson, the Liberals’ Problem Child:
Mr. Grayson could be the latest incarnation of what in the American political idiom is known as a wing nut — a loud darling of cable television and talk radio whose remarks are outrageous but often serious enough not to be dismissed entirely. Mr. Grayson is the more notable because he hurls his nuts from the left in a winger world long associated with the right.
That might just be the point. House Democratic leaders publicly frown on his behavior and have urged him to tone it down, saying he contributes to an atmosphere of incivility. But the incivility is no accident; nor is the bluster. Such antics are often quickly rewarded in the media-crazed wrestling pit of American politics. One talked-about TV appearance leads to three more; every quotable outburst is a potential pitch, spread instantly by YouTube and blogs to an eager audience that can cheer by way of campaign donations made with the click of a mouse.
Why do I support Grayson? Because it’s about expectations. Expectations for Democrats are low. Democrats pander, Democrats compromise, and Democrats don’t see results. The bar is low for a Democrat to get some attention by really speaking and speaking up for something, and that’s what Grayson does. (I don’t think calling someone a “whore” is appropriate, but I think the intent of even that comment had fair reason; it just didn’t come out in an acceptable way.)
I think this speaks not just to Congressional politics but to society as a whole. There almost seems to be an expectation that to be liberal and progressive you also have to be polite. I don’t think that’s always the case. I think sometimes you have to put people in their place. Sometimes you have to not back down or even go to extra lengths to get your point across. I also think you can do that without compromising your integrity. That’s why I like Grayson. He’s still figuring out exactly what tone to take, but he’s going for it. He’s not apologetic, nor should he be.
I look forward to seeing a lot more of him and I’m sure his political career is only just beginning.
In case you need a reminder of how par-for-the-course such rhetoric is in Congress, here’s a reminder from Rachel Maddow: