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Forget Congress, Alan Grayson Should Pull a Palin

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Posted on Jul 12, 2011
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Every progressive’s favorite loudmouth is running to reclaim his seat in the House of Representatives, where he wants to fight Democratic “appeasement” of Republicans. Alan Grayson told Talking Points Memo, “It’s exactly like I said, the Republican health care plan: Don’t get sick. ... The Republican unemployment plan: Go find a job. The Republican homelessness plan: Move in with your relatives. They have no answers to anything.”

With lines like that, you can see how Grayson became a national figure and raised almost $6 million the last time he ran. He lost that race, but hopes redistricting will help swing Orlando, Fla., back to the Democrats.

Grayson tells TPM he’s “appalled” that Democrats are even discussing cuts to Social Security and Medicare, adding this: “Let’s face it, [Republicans] led the country to the brink of ruin in eight years of power and now they’re trying to finish the job. I think appeasement doesn’t work and we need to be tough.”

As much as the Democrats could use a thorn in their side, wouldn’t Grayson be much more effective on a bus tour than C-SPAN?

Sarah Palin’s inexplicable rise to power may be bizarre, but she is the de facto leader of a horde that terrifies her party. Palin wields much more influence over the Republicans from her Twitter account than she did sitting in the governor’s office in Alaska.

The Democrats desperately need a hell-raiser on the left flank and Grayson would be too easily controlled within the caucus. He should skip the election and apply his rhetorical talents to the work of building a movement to counter the tea party and those Democrats who so often yield to them.  —PZS

TPM via Political Wire:

Grayson said he’d be running on an anti-war platform, calling for a US withdrawal from conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. His top domestic priority would be protecting Democrats from themselves by trying to block any deal that cut Social Security and Medicare benefits.

“I am appalled that this is even being discussed,” he said. “Let’s face it, [Republicans] led the country to the brink of ruin in eight years of power and now they’re trying to finish the job. I think appeasement doesn’t work and we need to be tough.”

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By pacrat, July 13, 2011 at 10:52 am Link to this comment
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Why are the democrats such wimps that they allow the republicans to get away with ameri-cide? I think I know - both parties accept financial support from the same corporate sources! Does anyone remember when democrats were still democrats - and when republicans weren’t right wing nuts?

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By Hulk2008, July 13, 2011 at 8:33 am Link to this comment

I would donate money to get Grayson and maybe Sanders to at least do a speaking tour of some kind.  I couldn’t give much ‘cause W took most of what I had.

Progressives need a counterbalance to Faux Snooze - someone willing to be just as strident as Hannity or O’Reilly or Beck or Cavuto or Varney - and as wealthy as Limbaugh.

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By sharonsj, July 13, 2011 at 7:12 am Link to this comment

I’ve decided to write in Bernie Sanders for Prez during the next Dem primary.  Maybe Grayson should join him as V.P.

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By RickinSF, July 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm Link to this comment
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Rudolfo, you sound as if you think Grayson is somehow unique among Democrats.

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By bobi6, July 12, 2011 at 5:06 pm Link to this comment
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Although I would love it if Grayson could do such a thing. Actually he
could do it but today’s Democrats are so passive and easily fooled I
don’t think it would work. Even reading the comments of somewhat
liberal commenters in the NY TIMES can be demoralizing. Most of still
believe the system is intact. It’s not. Even Russ Feingold’s website is not
that different and seems to be poorly visited. It seems Bernie Sanders,
an independent, is what we need more of. Get out of the Democratic
Party - they are useless. I am constantly shocked at how poorly
informed Americans are. No wonder the Republicans could take over
without their knowledge. A few seem to be waking up but not enough
or soon enough. Too little, too late. I hear people saying ‘what a good
job Obama is doing’ and I know we are hopeless.

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By Rudolfo, July 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment

Grayson is another Zionist mole.  Google Alan Grayson Israel for the rundown on his 100% support for Aipac, the bombing of Gaza, etc.

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By Potent_Placebo, July 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm Link to this comment
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He needs his own show on CurrentTV.

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By Billy Pilgrim, July 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment

Grayson should start a third party and run for
President. He will get nowhere in today’s Democratic
Party of phony liberals and war mongering centrist

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