“I Said It, I Meant It, I Stand Behind It.”

1 comment September 30th, 2009at 08:02pm Posted by Eli

I have been waiting two and a half years for a Democratic politician to adopt the Paul Hackett mantra, but it’s finally happened.

Alan Grayson refused to apologize Wednesday for saying on the House floor Tuesday night that the GOP health care plan amounts to “don’t get sick” – and if you do, “die quickly.”

“I’m not taking any of it back. I stand by what I said,” Grayson, a freshman Democrat who represents Orlando, Florida, told reporters.

(…)

“I don’t think that the Democrats have to be on the defensive for a bill that reduces health care costs, makes health care premiums affordable, makes people’s health care coverage comprehensive in the sense that they can’t be excluded for breaching lifetime caps or by preexisting conditions and helps all of the Americans who cannot afford health insurance today. I think we should be on the offense not the defense and that’s where I plan to stay.”

That is just beautiful.  Here’s (most of) what I wrote way back in February 2006, right after the Democratic party forced Hackett out of the Ohio senate race:

The core problem with the Democrats, individually and collectively, is their reluctance to say, “I said it. I meant it. I stand behind it.” By apologizing, “clarifying,” or backpedaling away from their statements every time the Republicans and their creatures raise a fake uproar, the Democrats marginalize themselves and their message.

By apologizing, they are saying, “Yes, you’re right, that was not a valid point I was making.” By backpedaling, they are saying, “I routinely say things that I don’t really mean, and I just hope that no-one calls me on it.”

On the other hand, by standing firm and repeating “I said it. I meant it. I stand behind it,” or better yet, “We said it. We meant it. We stand behind it,” every time they are challenged, the Democrats would send the message that their positions are valid and deserving of respect, that they never say anything they don’t mean, and that they will not back down in the face of intimidation.

Of course, the Republican noise machine would howl about how angry and unreasonable the Democrats are. Let them. I believe the Democrats would regain the respect of their base, and the admiration of those undecideds who are disgusted with the Republicans but don’t see a viable alternative.

If Hackett is through with seeking public office, maybe the Democrats could hire him as a speech coach.

31 months later, and I wouldn’t change a single word.

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Healthcare,Politics,Republicans

1 Comment

  • 1. Multi Medium » Refr&hellip  |  October 1st, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    […] Bowers has a somewhat different, but equally positive, take from mine on Alan Grayson kicking the Republicans’ ass: Usually when Republicans and conservative media […]


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