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

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…

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Democrats,Politics,Republicans


  • 1. Cujo359  |  October 1st, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I hope so, too. I doubt we’ve heard the last from the GOP on this issue, but it’s pretty clear that in this case Grayson’s gotten the upper hand. I read about at least one House Democrat demanding that he apologize, but so far there hasn’t been that much.

    Hopefully, what the Democrats will learn from this is if they are saying something that’s true, and is supported by a large part of the electorate, it really doesn’t matter that the pundits and the GOP clutch their pearls.

  • 2. joel hanes  |  October 2nd, 2009 at 3:32 am

    Harry Reid is a conservative.

    He does not desire progressive policies, and does his best to prevent their enactment.

    Dianne Feinstein’s the same way.

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