10.01.2009

Rep. Alan Grayson Made Me Proud To Be A Democrat Today

UPDATE I:

Speaker Pelosi doesn't believe Rep. Grayson needs to apologize (via Think Progress):

Apparently Republicans hold Democrats to a higher standard than they hold members of their own party. … There’s no reason for Mr. Grayson to apologize. If anyone should apologize, everyone should apologize.

Like I said down below, there won't be a vote on the GOPer silly resolution.

UPDATE II:

This is what happens to raving GOPer when Dems with actual spines stand up to them (via NBC's Mike Viqueira):

Yesterday Rep. Tom Price, the leader of the House conservative caucus, prepared a resolution demanding that Grasyon apologize to the House. The resolution was never formally taken up by the House, and there was the possibility that Price would try and bring it up today on the floor.

He will not, and here's why, according to an e-mail from his spokesman, Brendan Buck:

"No resolution will be introduced today. Mr. Grayson's actions on the floor were an embarrassment to this Congress and warrant an apology both to his colleagues and, more importantly, to the people of his district who he insulted on the House floor. It is the job of the Speaker to ensure the House runs with proper decorum, and we would hope that she would not tolerate such behavior. As Mr. Grayson has shown no remorse for his antics, we have called on the Speaker to take the appropriate action to resolve this matter. Any future decision on a resolution will rest on the ability of the Speaker to control her members."

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ORIGINAL POST:

Yesterday was a day I was proud to call myself a Democrat. Rep. Alan Grayson not only called Rethugs out, but he didn't back down one iota after they got the vapors....

Rep. Alan Grayson took to the Senate floor to explain how the Republican's only health care plans was for people to "not get sick" and "die quickly.'
Republican's were outraged, I tell ya! Outraged! (via Howie Klein):
Yesterday he was up on the floor of Congress calling out the GOP on their health care obstructionism. (See video above.) And did they flip out! GOP morning shill, Joe Scarborough, had reactionary sidekicks Pat Buchanan and Mika Brzezinski, comparing Grayson's well-reasoned and factual assault on Republican Party well-coordinated anti-working family obstructionism with the disgraceful outburst from secessionist lunatic Joe Wilson (R-SC). Some of the most extremist partisans among the obstructionist caucus took Grayson's criticism personally -- which makes sense. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), whose ProgressivePunch voting score since President Obama was elected is a big fat zero-- extreme even for the fringe Republicans -- demanded an apology. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), another goose-egg extremist-- with unanswered questions about a gay Republican triple homicide in Orlando involving one of his now dead "associates" -- was up early this morning tweeting away, demanding Speaker Pelosi call a vote to reprimand him.


Here's GOPer Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) came to the House floor right after Grayson and said this:
"I can't believe what I just saw. I can't believe it," said Burton on the floor. "First of all, it's totally wrong. And secondly, it's making fun of a very important issue for the American people. We do have health care problems in this country and we need to solve those health care problems, but coming down here and making light of the issue by coming up with a lot of silly talk is just ridiculous. The Republicans have a bill, H.R. 3400, which deals with the problem in a way that does not get the government in between the patient and their doctor."
Here's GOPer Rep. Jimmy Duncan (R-TN) declaring:

"That is about the most mean-spirited partisan statement that I've ever heard made on this floor, and I, for one, don't appreciate it."

Then, GOPer Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) filed a resolution censuring Grayson for the comments:
Whereas on September 29, 2009, during proceedings on the floor of the House of Representatives, Rep. Alan Grayson from Florida described the Republican health care plan as “die quickly”;

Whereas on September 29, 2009, during Rep. Grayson’s speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, he presented a sign for display, which read, “The Republican Health Care Plan: Die Quickly”;

Whereas on September 29, 2009, Rep. Grayson repeatedly stated that “Republicans’ health care plan” was for Americans to “die quickly”;

Whereas on September 29, 2009, Rep. Grayson concluded his speech by saying, “Remember, the Republican plan: Don’t get sick. And if you do get sick, die quickly.”

Whereas the conduct of the Representative from Florida was a breach of decorum and degraded the integrity and proceedings of the House;

Now, therefore be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives disapproves of the behavior of the Representative from Florida, Mr. Grayson, during proceedings on the floor of the House of Representatives on September 29, 2009.
Yeah, that'll get a vote. LOL! Remember, these are the same neanderthals who voted down a resolution aimed at Joe You Like! Wilson, who actually did break House rules and 225 years of history why screaming at the President during a joint seesion of congress!

Faux outrage aside, several House Republicans had no problem saying that the Democrats health care would kill people (via Ryan Grim):

Take Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla.), who said in July: "Last week, Democrats released a health care bill which essentially said to America's seniors: drop dead."

Or Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), a doctor, who reviewed the public health insurance option in July and diagnosed that it is "gonna kill people."

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), not one to pull punches, suggested on the House floor that Congress "make sure we bring down the cost of health care for all Americans and that ensures affordable access for all Americans and is pro-life because it will not put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government."

July was a busy time for House floor death sentences. Also that month, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), noted: "One in five people have to die because they went to socialized medicine...I would hate to think that among five women, one of 'em is gonna die because we go to socialized care."

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) had a similar assessment. "They're going to save money by rationing care, getting you in a long line. Places like Canada, United Kingdom, and Europe. People die when they're in line," he said on the House floor in July.

Here are some of them on video (h/t Digby):
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.):



Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla.):

Rep. Alan Grayson, feeling like maybe he should apologize, took to the floor again. Only he didn't apologize to Republican's. Oh, no. That would be what many of his wimpy Democratic colleagues would have him do (see Rep. Whimp John Larson).

No, he apologized to the families of the dead! To those who died becuase they had no insurance!





From CBS: Alan Grayson Apologizes to the Dead, not Republicans

Rep. Alan Grayson also took to DailyKos to say this:

My speech has been replayed on CNN, Redstate, Huffington Post, etc, and mainstream media pundits are saying that I'm the Democratic Joe Wilson. Of course, unlike Joe Wilson, I wasn't rude to the President. Unlike Joe Wilson, I didn't break a rule of the House. And unlike Joe Wilson, I actually told the truth. Every single year, over forty-four thousand people in America die because they don't have health insurance. Read this Harvard study. That is the plain truth.

And now the Republicans claim they are going to introduce a resolution "disapproving" of my behavior.

What is this, junior high school? Do they think my feelings are hurt? Just what do these people think health care means? It's not some abstract "issue", we're talking about life and death! And the Republicans, who ran the government in full or in part from 2001-2009, chose to let those 44,000 people die, every single year when they were in power. And George W. Bush, whom the Republicans somehow pretend was not President for the last eight years, just let them die. He even vetoed health care for poor children.

So apologize? I don't think so.

[snip]

Help me speak truth. You've already set up a bunch of fundraising pages and I can't thank you enough for getting my back. If you haven't already, I hope you'll go to one of these pages and help out today. I'm at $20,956 $28,449 $41,141 $50,799 $61,012 $50,799 $70,420 $91,775 so far. Let's see where we can go from here.

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Getting Grayson's Back
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He then took to the cable news networks to show the blithering cowwards he calls collegue, how you repsond to the thuggery known as the GOP:

From CNN:

"What I mean is they have got no plan," Grayson told Wolf Blitzer. "It's been 24 hours since I said that. Where is the Republican plan? We're all waiting to see something that will take care of the pre-existing conditions, to take care of the 40 million Americans who have no coverage at all.

"That's what I meant when I said that the Republican plan is don't get sick. And if you do get sick, die quickly."

Here's video from his CNN smack down of Wolf Rona Barrett Blitzer and Rethug douche-bag, Alex Castellanos. Republicans are "knuckle-dragging neanderthals." "You don't back down from bullies.":

Here's Greg Sargent's report on the CNN piece: Alan Grayson: Time For Democrats To Grow A Pair:

This must-watch video of Dem Rep. Alan Grayson on CNN last night gets at the real reason why outbursts like his — he claimed that Republicans want people to “die quickly” — have so much appeal to the Dem base.

Grayson — aggressively unapologetic and clearly relishing his newfound notoriety — seemed to turn the guns on his own party a bit, calling on Democrats to show some “guts.” The whole thing is worth watching...

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What’s really going on is that the Dem rank and file, radicalized by years of watching Dems cowed by Republican rhetoric on patriotism, national security, and many other issues, just want to see Dems show some fight and some fearlessness, and not back down every time Republicans say “boo.” It’s really that simple. The specifics of what he initially said are almost incidental.

Indeed, Grayson’s refusal to apologize for his outburst despite Republican demands that he do so, and his demand that members of his own party grow a pair, are likely to garner him even more support from the base than his initial claim did.

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Alan Grayson joined Rachel Maddow on last night's show:
Grayson discusses health care views

Sept. 30: Rep. Alan Grayson, D-FL, joins Rachel Maddow to talk about his criticism of Congressional Republicans for failing to produce a health care reform plan.

Keith Olbermann & Arianna Huffington discussed it on last night Countdown:
The GOP’s “no” show health care plan

Sept. 30: Online publisher Arianna Huffington discusses the GOP’s constant criticism of health care politics yet they continue to develop one of their own.

Mike Stark wanted to remind us about how quickly Republicans were to denounce Rush Limbaugh:

Of course, today Republicans are running about like headless Chicken Littles, telling anyone that will listen how mean and nasty Representative Grayson's comments were.

Funny, when I asked scores of Republicans what they thought about Rush Limbaugh's comments regarding Nazism -- specifically that Nancy Pelosi had a lot in common with Adolph Hitler and that ObamaCare -- nationalized medicine -- is akin to Nazi policy, well, the very same folks so upset today had very little to say:

Here's an interesting tidbit from alpolitics. Grayson is from a very red district and yet he is able to fight for progressives and progressive causes while Blue Dogs & Conservadems from safe, blue districts cower in corners choosing to do rethugs and their corp masters bidding (as opposed to their constituents):
While plenty of Blue Dogs and ConservaDems and DINO's are sitting on the sidelines, Alan Grayson is standing up for all of us right now. And this is not something new.

But we gotta remember Grayson represents a conservative district. Bush won Fl-08 in 2000 and 2004. While this district has become more Democratic, the Republicans are going to make this one of their top targets. We are not talking about a PVI + 15 or Even plus +8.

Remember Not only is Grayson standing up for us on health care, but he stood up for us and against the corporate crooks when the right produced a bill to defund Acorn.

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All in all it was a good day for real Democrats.

Contact Rep Grayson to thank him:

Washington, DC Office
Congressman Alan Grayson 1605 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2176
Fax: (202) 225-0999

Orlando Office
Congressman Alan Grayson 455 N. Garland Ave, Ste. 402
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 841-1757
Fax: (407) 841-1754

Better yet, donate to his campaign through one of these ActBlue links:
Kossacks for Grayson
Getting Grayson's Back
Stand By Alan Grayson
Better Democrats 2010


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