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Chris Bowers has a somewhat different, but equally positive, take from mine on Alan Grayson kicking the Republicans’ ass:

Usually when Republicans and conservative media join together to throw a coordinated hissy fit against something “outrageous” a Democrat has said, it resulted in apologies (John Kerry in 2006), resignations (Van Jones) and public condemnations in Congress ( Yesterday, however, Republicans actually backed down from their hissy fit when Rep. Alan Grayson stood up to them. Even as Grayson intensified his rhetoric, Republicans withdrew their resolution to condemn him on the House floor.

That just does not happen often enough.  Grayson laughed in their faces instead of cringing and begging for forgiveness, and it worked out pretty well.  Bowers goes on to point out Grayson’s specific tactics, which are very shrewd and, in fact, rather similar to those used very effectively by the Republicans themselves, i.e., use the firestorm of attention to your advantage, and rely on your outside messaging help in the media and the blogosphere.

It is a landmark moment for a freshman Democrat from a marginal, R+2 district to win a rhetorical fight with the Republican smear machine like this. Hopefully, it will become a teachable moment for other Democrats in Congress.

God, I hope so.  Imagine a world where all Democrats understand that the only way to make Republicans stop beating them up is to stand their ground and hit back.  I wonder if it’s too late to train Harry Reid…

2 comments October 1st, 2009 at 06:42pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Democrats,Politics,Republicans

More La Jolla Beach Photoblogging

Rock formations! Exciting!

Don’t worry, the surfers are just a couple of posts away…

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October 1st, 2009 at 11:19am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Thursday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

Because this was just too awesome to wait till next week:

Rep. Trent Franks called President Obama “an enemy of humanity” this weekend.  Franks declared that he feels Obama is an evil cyborg from the future.

“We shouldn’t be shocked at what he has done.  He is, after all, an evil robot sent from the future to destroy humanity.”  These were the words of Trent Franks this Saturday at a “How to Take Back America” conference.  The crowd applauded wildly as he continued “I’m not speaking in metaphor, this is not a simile.  It is my belief that President Obama is an evil robot.”

Franks went on to describe his vision, where President Obama is a cybernetic organism sent from the future to undermine humanity.  It is Franks’ belief that in the distant future ACORN, a liberal fascist corporation, sends back Obama to ready the world for their takeover. Their strategy is to undermine the highest pinnacle of civilization and God-fearing people, America.  “That’s why he doesn’t have a birth certificate!  He was never born!”

“His first act as President of any consequence, in the middle of a financial meltdown, was to send taxpayers’ money to pay for the killing of unborn children in other countries!  What they didn’t tell you was that he did the killing himself!  Obama killed babies!  How could anyone not see the image of God in these little human beings? Because he is an evil robot bent on world domination!”

Trent Franks described how he is working with his minister and a private contractor to create an underground compound in Arizona. “This will be a safe place for the last True Believers, when the liberals have had their way.  There will be food, fresh water, and no gay marriage.”

The assembled crowd clapped hysterically at the Arizona Congressman’s words.  When leaving guests and supporters said things like “It’s the only answer that makes sense.”  “That explains how he came to power so quickly.”  “At first I thought his financial policies were insane. But he’s Trying to destroy America, that’s just evil.”

A petition was being passed around, already with thousands of signatures, asking for a law that would require the President to prove that he is not an evil robot before taking office.  “Why wouldn’t he pass the law,” one woman said “unless he has something to hide.”

Sure, we’re laughing now….

October 1st, 2009 at 07:03am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Obama,Republicans,Weekly World News

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