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War of Words Continues Over Grayson

By Ben Pershing
Congressional leaders weighed in Thursday on a Florida Democrat's assertion from the floor of the House that Republicans' health-care plan is for Americans to "die quickly." Republicans continued to call for an apology from Rep. Alan Grayson, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that was a hypocritical demand.

Grayson's statement Tuesday night has ricocheted around the blogosphere and the halls of Congress. Republicans are demanding an apology, just as Democrats did with Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) in September.

Grayson has not only refused to apologize, but further drew the GOP's ire by referring Wednesday night on the House floor to the deaths of those lacking health insurance as a "holocaust." (He later acknowledged that wasn't "the best choice of words.) Then he said on CNN that Republicans were "knuckle-dragging Neanderthals."

Nor is this Grayson's first time in the spotlight; he has a long history of inflammatory remarks.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said at a news conference Thursday, "I think it's time for the Democrat leaders and the speaker of the House herself to rein in some of the rhetoric that she decried several weeks ago."

Democrats' primary response so far has been to blast around a list of examples where GOP lawmakers made their own intemperate remarks about Democrats' health care plans.

Pelosi's response at her own news conference? "Apparently Republicans are holding Democrats to a higher level than their own members, because you've seen the statements that are regularly made by Republicans on the floor about issues that relate to death."

Pelosi (D-Calif.) declined to call for Grayson to apologize for his remarks.

"If anybody's going to apologize, everybody should apologize," Pelosi said. "It's time for us to talk about health care. Typically, the Republicans would like to use this as a distraction from the fact that they have no plan to take us forward."

But Republicans have argued that Grayson's comments were much worse than anything their members have said.

"His despicable remarks were not an impassioned speech gone awry. They were part of a premeditated effort that was followed up with another insulting barrage of insults and attacks on the floor of the United States Congress," said National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Ken Spain. "He is unfit to hold public office, and if he is unwilling to apologize for his appalling behavior, Speaker Pelosi should call him out on it."

On Wednesday, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) prepared a privileged resolution declaring that the House disapproves of Grayson's remarks, but he declined to introduce it, saying instead that he wanted to give Grayson time to apologize on his own. A Price spokesman said the resolution would not be introduced Thursday, either.

In addition to calling for an apology, Republicans are also hoping to capitalize on Grayson's remarks at the ballot box. The NRCC has created a Web site called ... wait for it ... that seeks to solicit campaign contributions for whomever emerges as the GOP nominee against Grayson in Florida's 8th district in 2010. No big-name Republican candidate has emerged yet, though several are mulling the contest.

Grayson took the seat in 2008 by defeating Rep. Ric Keller (R), 52 percent to 48 percent, and President Obama won the narrowly divided district with the same 52 percent of the vote.

Just as many Republican activists rallied around Wilson following his outburst, so too have some Democrats raced to back up Grayson. He has taken in nearly $100,000 so far this cycle on the Democratic fundraising site ActBlue, including well over 1,000 donations in response to his remarks this week.

"They're going to come after him," American Progressive Caucus Policy Foundation head Darcy Burner wrote on ActBlue. "Let's show him we have his back for speaking the truth."

By Ben Pershing  |  October 1, 2009; 2:24 PM ET
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The Congressman's comments were wrong. The GOP simply wants Americans to die so that insurance industry profits can continue to skyrocket.

Posted by: SODDI | October 1, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

This is all thats wrong with politics. Truth and facts mean nothing to the Washington elite. When are the people going to be considered before the party.
Both party's are responsible for the hate and miss trust citizens have. The problems start and end in the capitol.You wonder why we are all disillusioned. God help us.

Glad I'm old and almost done with this nonsense.

Posted by: fjjk49 | October 1, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Republicans can dish it out (especially through surrogates like Rush and Beck and Faux News), but they can't take it. They have set the tone, and now they don't like it when somebody shows some spine and talks back to them.

Posted by: mesite | October 1, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Grayson has given large sums of his personal fortune to help the uninsured... right?

Let's check on his charitable giving and see what we find.

It's always the same with the Democrats, isn't it?

Everything they touch rots.

Posted by: MichaelATX | October 1, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I think the Representative's comments have been very refreshing... I would hope that Mr. Grayson will soon be in the Senate, or have the Dems decided Charlie is "OK", no credible statewide Democrat has yet emerged, or has he???


Posted by: Dallas112263 | October 1, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Grayson and Pelosi have a lot in common, they are both stupid and I hope they are enjoying their 29% approval rating by the American public.

Posted by: buzzychief | October 1, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I have to admit that I have reservations about this topic. It seems the only way to be heard on the national scene is to do something so outrageous, or offensive, that you become an "instant celebrity". What this tells us about ourselves and the news media is not very flattering.

Having said that, what Rep. Grayson tried to do was legitimate. Most of the arguments I see are over money. It is becoming all too obvious that we as a country are more concerned about money then we are about our fellow citizens. No matter what the topic, it always comes down to money. I wonder what the millionaires who have made their fortunes profiting by the suffering of the sick and injured think about just before they die. (wishful thinking on my part I fear)

Posted by: averal | October 1, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: edtroyhampton | October 1, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Before long, the words hypocrit, liar, and bigot will be accompanied by a picture of the GOP elephant right next to those words in the dictionary. Boehner doesn't say a word when Trash Limpbaugh spouts his hate, or Glenn Beck loses his mind. Why the double standard? He's a hypocrit.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | October 1, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Grayson makes Joe Wilson like a choir boy!! First, it’s the Dems who have to decide whether they (as party) want to push the public option or have a bill without. To all you public option lovers, please read the nytimes article about the Swiss healthcare, and how the Swiss have universal health care, without the public option. So, GRAYSON, your party, which controls the Congress and White House needs to craft a bill.

What makes this guy so bad, is his use of the word HOLOCAUST to depict the US health care system. When asked on Maddow’s show last night to retract that statement, he wouldn’t, thus he should be censured by the Dems. I wonder if Chucky Shumer and Pelosi think that term HOLOCAUST is the correct language to describe health care in the US. The term HOLOCAUST should only be used to describe the holocaust, NOT by some moron Dem for cheap political pts.

Posted by: johnnyapplewhite123 | October 1, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

There are both economic and ethical reasons for health care. I am a young adult who has already accumulated medical debt due to an emergency situation where my employer's benefits had very poor coverage for such things. This makes me unable to spend my income on other things and is very discouraging.

To not medically assist those who are involuntarily sick or injured due to their socioeconomic status is wrong. It also means that those who will go into debt to necessarily save their own lives become indentured to the current INFLATED system, not allowing their income to spread evenly. Anybody who has had to pay for a doctor visit out of pocket knows.

It also means that those who are involuntarily sick with contagious diseases and have no insurance may be less prone to visit the doctor, and in the process spreading disease.

And finally, small businesses that stimulate local economies are often not able to offer the incentive of benefits for skilled workers who could work for them, contributing to a monopoly on labor by large transnational companies.

Grayson's statements are entirely correct. The GOP's plan is to let the poor or helpless suffer. It is wrong.

Public health care will be good for America's health, economy, and morale.

Now, if we could also start protecting our water, our food, and our air so that we could actually live healthy lifestyles. We should do that too.

Posted by: briskattivo | October 1, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Republican Congressional leaders: 'Hypocrites are us.'

Posted by: Diogenes | October 1, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Under the Republican plan, every American family will be paying $30,000 a year for health insurance in ten years. Every American better PRAY that the Democrats pass their bill with a public option.

Posted by: wilder5121 | October 1, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Grayson spoke truth to the G(reedy)OP in bed with insurance and pharma.

Posted by: jama452 | October 1, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I think there are some facts that need to be addressed here. First, Wilson's argument at least seemed to be in the heat of the moment. Grayson had signs made up as if the house floor is a place where people run around protesting.

Second, even Wilson thought his actions were uncalled for, and if you remember correctly, he apologized. Obama accepted said apology. Pelosi was the one that went nuts afterwards.

Third, Limbau, Beck, etc are commentators. Their job is to do exactly what they are doing. Commenting. If you actually watched Glen Beck, you'd also find that all his "lies" happen to be true. Politicians on the other hand are there to represent those who elected them, and given such a high disapproval for the current plan, they're not doing that.

Thank you.

Posted by: linuxjin | October 1, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Grayson is a joke. 2010 will see the last of him and many of these other idiots roosting in Washington.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | October 1, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Americans seem to want their Constitution back and no taxation forwarded to the backs of the unborn. These Kingdom builders , who believe their 2009 FED signatures are leading ANYONE, clearly have no one following any of them anymore.
NO Confidence Petitions are being signed in every County to clearly show those not willing to be such bad Stewards of the Constitution that their parents and Grandparents protected for them.

Posted by: dottydo | October 1, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Save the unborn, but abort them via no healthcare in their, 20's, 30's, 40's....

Save the unborn, but start wars everywhere and kill thousands or millions!

Save the unborn and the national deficit!; but spend trillions on useless wars (Vietnam) or phony wars (Iraq).

Save the unborn, use scare tactics and violence to stop abortion, and to kill healthcare for every American!

booo hooo Congressman Greyson is doing the same thing now to the Republican Right Wing nuts - waaaaaaaa, it's so wrong waaaaa - call Fox News.

Sounds like the Radical Right logic.

Posted by: GOPNAZI1 | October 1, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Republican comments on the floor in reference to health care:

Joe Wilson's (R-S.C.) "You lie!"

Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla.) "Democrats released a health care bill which essentially said to America's seniors: drop dead."

Paul Broun (R-Ga.) "Gonna Kill People"

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) "One in five will die"

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) "Seniors in a position of being put to death by their government."

So far, none of the rightwing members of Congress who made such charges have apologized.
Just goes to show how shallow and cowardly the
republican's mind set is engulfed
in hypocrisy.

Posted by: psychobeck | October 1, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Republicans don't care if Americans die quickly or slowly, as long as it doesn't end up costing them anything.

Posted by: hamishdad | October 1, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Republicans claimed that Dems want to set up Government run Death panels.

They then spent weeks lined up to apologize for being liars.

Posted by: thebobbob | October 1, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Grayson is not only lying but he is naming the wrong party for wanting people to die. Under Obamacare the Medicare and Medicaid for the seniors will be greatly reduced, forcing them to rely on their own resources, or, do without. Many will die under this program that is sponsored by the party in power. The Republicans are not the Abortion Party, the Democrats are. Grayson is a hypocrite.

Posted by: DL13 | October 1, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Grayson has it exactly right. And as for the Republicans and other conservatives: People in glass houses should not throw stones. Or maybe: You can give it but you can't take it. What a bunch of weenies. The repubs and conservs are really what what my football coach used to call CS. Grayson is right and hopefully this controversy will help intensify the spotlight on the need for reform. The GOP and other right wingers are really devoid of compassion and humanity.

Posted by: Jimdandy2 | October 1, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Pull the tail of the tiger and eventually you are going to get bit. Way to go, Grayson!! I hope more Dems start fighting back. Yes, perhaps the use of the word Holocaust was not the most appropriate, but, really, is that somehow worse than all these fanatics calling President Obama, Hitler? I think not. And FYI... Wilson, along with everyone else, received a copy of the Prez's speech prior to the session. It was not in the 'heat of the moment'.

Posted by: tampagrl1971 | October 1, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans do not want people to die too soon. They want you to die after you no longer have insurance. They know that the most expensive part of healthcare comes in the last six months of a person's life. Usually, people are on the government option by then - Medicare. Now they would like to force everyone to buy expensive healthcare insurance, or face a heavy fine and possibly other action if you don't pay the fine, so that they can pay back the insurance companies for all the "donations." Then, if you die while on Medicare, the insurance companies don't take the loss.

Posted by: mangograss | October 1, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

The truth really hurts, if people dying whether it is 1, 2, 12, or 44,000, and the GOP is not doing anything to change it. It is tantamount of killing the people, and they want it quick to save money for their pocket at the expense of uninsured dying people. IMO. THE TRUTH REALLY HURTS.

Posted by: alvin1435 | October 1, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

It is immoral and evil if you know already that people are dying because they can not afford health insurance premium. And GOP did not do anything to change it and help the people. Now what is immoral if Rep. Grayson is just telling the truth about the GOP. Health care reform supposed to be bipartisan, why is it GOP ignoring it, i think their action is tantamount of what Rep Grayson is saying. And it is true, NO NEED TO APOLIZE IF ITS TRUE. TRUTH REALLY HURTS.

Posted by: alvin1435 | October 1, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: merf-1 | October 1, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Grayson's correct comments are well within the tenor set by the minority, both during the period when they were the majority party, and continuing since that time.

Democrats have exercised restraint for so long that it is no surprise to hear Grayson "tell it like it is."

Under the false label of "conservative" the extremists are the registered Republicans who have shown callous disregard for the health of the poor, for the welfare of the poor, for the quality of life for the poor. They clearly see "Privilege" as not only their God-given right, but as a right they have "earned" through individual effort.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The privileged in America were given it on a silver platter. They are egotistical, self-centered, self-righteous, delusional people. They never "give" unless they expect to "receive" many times over. Their "love" is misguided self-love, and by hurting the poor, it hurts us all.

The doctors received their education through publicly financed institutions, grants, and training. Part of Medicare pays for doctor education. Doctors have for generations made sure their children got in to medical school, to the exclusion of others more qualified. Doctors have prevented general access to medical education to keep their little monopoly on health care. Now we hear there is a shortage of doctors. We hear that the government has guaranteed that health reform will protect drug makers from inroads on their outrageous profits. Deals have been made.

TRUTH: Uninsured are turned away from health care daily because of a lack of funds, and die prematurely. This is a result of the callous calculation of Republican ideologues who worship their phoney theories of "American" economics above the suffering of fellow humans and citizens.

Health care access is a fundamental right, if there ever was one.

Republicans protect their own, and rationanalize their morality a dozen different ways. Facts defeat rationalizations, right-think, and double talk.

Thank you Grayson, for telling it like it is.

75% of the people support health reform, and we cannot get a single Republican vote in Congress for it. Duh!!?

Single payer health care would massively cut costs as it has in Europe, and save trillions of dollars, and help everyone to get healthy and reduce emergency care. That is not even a consideration because of the selfish attitudes of the Republicans!!

They prey of fear, and despise compassion.

Posted by: JohnSKaufman | October 1, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Republicans? What a pathetic bunch of coniving hypocrites. The dems might rein in puppy dogs like Grayson just as soon as the whackjobs vieing to "lead" the repubes stop distorting, obstructing and outright lieing. Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Coulter, Palin, Pawlenty, Romney, Gingrich- the sorriest group of otherwise unemployable wingnuts ever to exist. The party of Nixon, big business, rednecks and the ultra-wealthy is sooo very out of touch.

Posted by: rsampson02 | October 1, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Third, Limbau, Beck, etc are commentators. Their job is to do exactly what they are doing. Commenting. If you actually watched Glen Beck, you'd also find that all his "lies" happen to be true. Politicians on the other hand are there to represent those who elected them, and given such a high disapproval for the current plan, they're not doing that.

Thank you.

Posted by: linuxjin | October 1, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse


linuxjin, I am sorry to be the one to
inform you that Limbaugh, Beck, etc. are circus freaks, not professional journalists, who are putting on a show to further line their pockets and the pockets of Corporate CEO'S. Neither of the above mentioned have completed a post high school education and both have organic brain syndrome from all of the drugs and alcohol they do and have done. That is like our former president who was an alcoholic cocaine abuser who's mind was mush and spent most of his presidency, 8-years, on VACATION!

Posted by: merf-1 | October 1, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Grayson fits right in with the other liberals on the hill. Grayson sure looked like a fool, manically spouting off propaganda accusations containing absolutely NO substance and objective data. Could care less if this lying loony tunes ever apologizes to Republicans. However, Grayson absolutely owes every Jewish human being - living and/or dead, ones that were slaughtered and suffered during the holocaust a huge, huge apology. What a despicable, poor excuse for a human being, jerk.

Posted by: annlawler26 | October 1, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi wouldn't know integrity if it bit her hard on the buttt. Pelosi is a pro at one thing and one thing only - COVETING. Yes Pelosi, you heard correctly, coveting every single hard working, tax paying American. Remember your Catholic Catholicism? Pelosi - stop stealing from us, stop coveting, stop lying, stop taking advantage of us, especially our elderly, and pleeeeezz, try your hardest to leave us civilized Americans, alone. Go pick on your own. We have had it with you and your slimeball libs. Even some of your dems are seeing the light.

Posted by: annlawler26 | October 1, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

For 50 years, Republicans have prevented numerous efforts to create universal healthcare for American people.

During this period of time, some twenty thousands American died each year due to lack of healthcare. Thus the deed of Republicans has killed 1 million American.

Is this a fact or a delusion?

Posted by: jimbaron | October 2, 2009 12:25 AM | Report abuse

""Just as many Republican activists rallied around Wilson following his outburst, so too have some Democrats raced to back up Grayson.""
Major difference is - Joe Wilson was truth telling, Grayson was flat out lying. Note, Grayson gave NO objective data, not even subjective data, to back up his propaganda claims and accusations. NADA! Furthermore, if Dems in FL vote him back in - they deserve what they get. Old Grayson is one loose cannon ball.

Pelosi, stop lying. Republicans have submitted many plans. One such bill, The Patient’s Choice Act - was recently submitted by Rep. Paul Ryan from WI along with a fellow representative from CA. This HC bill is outstanding!! Pelosi, turned her nose up at it. Why? Could the reason have anything to do with special interest groups, lobbyists and CORRUPTION? Rep. Paul Ryan’s Patient’s Choice Act:

When leaders on the hill make statements, they owe it to every American, to back up these statements with true facts. Do not waste our time anymore with fairy tales. We are not blind.

Posted by: annlawler26 | October 2, 2009 12:29 AM | Report abuse

The tiny Party of NO seems to be made up of the nations old angry intolerant white guy’s like Beck, Joe Wilson, and Limbaugh, the ignorant like Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Joe the Plumber, the liars like the death panel whacko’s, and the just plain looney like the Birther’s and Tenther’s. But this crowd does provide some sophomoric whimsical and entertaining comic relief from the serious and complex issues of the nation and the world

Posted by: JRussell42 | October 2, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

I found Representative Grayson's actions inspiring. That is the kind of "accountability" standard to which all of Congress should be held. Oh, it is important to point out that he did exactly what I would have done - the reason I could never have been elected to Congress.

Regarding the "holocaust" uproar:

Holocaust is a legitimate word and the Nazi reference is the THIRD definition in Webster's Dictionary. Even in that definition is; b : a mass slaughter of people; especially : genocide.

We sure don't like that word describing anything the American government would do. The genocide of the native population of this continent is something we like to ignore. The 122 deaths per day from lack of insurance is surely not "mass slaughter". It's just too expensive.

I am going to donate money to this guy and I live in Ohio. If he runs for Senator, I'll be in Florida helping - as long as he isn't in the same cycle as Sherrod Brown.

Posted by: elzoid | October 2, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Alan Grayson is a true hero. Using the word Holocast was appropriate in this instance. The American people and the middle class in paticular have been raped by the system that we pay to protect our given rights.

Of course the Republicans want to shut him up because he is threating their pay offs from big pharma and the insurance companies.

Mr Grayson was just using the same words and tactics the repubs use constantly the only difference being he was telling the truth, how refreshing for a change.

Posted by: sdawnb2 | October 2, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I want Grayson to be on TV everyday. Carter, Obama, Reid, & Pelosi too. It's no coincidence that the more they talk, the further the drop in registered Dems.

Posted by: MaDr | October 2, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

John Boehner (R-Ohio) is the new " Tommy " of the Republican party. He uses his constituents like a pin ball machine.

Posted by: rhinosandy | October 2, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: WINSHIPMETAL | October 2, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Alan Grayson is a TRUTH FIGHTER. We have just lost ALL chances for the USA to be the site of the summer Olypics because of what the Republican Party under Bush/Cheny and the current negative neo-cons have done to this country. It is time that everyone band together and be heard that "WE THE PEOPLE" here in the USA are SICK and TIRED of the neo-con taliban rhetoric, lies, greed, corruption, illegal wars, hatred and destruction of the American ECONOMY and REPUTATION and DEMAND that the liars who destryed our country be HELD ACCOUNTABLE in a court of law. That includes the CURRENT and FORMER neo-con members of Government like Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC), Dick Army, Sarah Palin, John McCain, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT),– Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS), Rep. John Fleming (R-LA),Sen. David Vitter (R-LA),Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH), Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ),Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC),Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), etc. as well as Limbaugh, Beck, Dobbs, Coultier, O'Reilly, Hannity, Jason Lewis ETC. These criminals ALL need to be held accountable for making the world hate the USA and for inciting civil unrest, murder, domestic terrorism and corruption.

Posted by: merf-1 | October 2, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Give 'em hell Alan!

Posted by: nwsjnky1 | October 2, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I am looking forward to the State of the Union speech this January. With Joe Wilson shouting out "you lie!" at the President and Alan Grayson yelling "Shut up!" in response perhaps the event should go PPV with proceeds used to fund the public option.

Posted by: harmil2 | October 2, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I applaud Mr. Grayson for calling the republicans out with a whole boatload of truth. He nailed exactly what the republican plan is - now the irrelevant goppers are squawking because Grayson used their tactics on them. The light has been turned on and the cockroaches are scurrying. I just wish more Democrats would develop a spine like Mr. Grayson.

Posted by: NotFooledTX | October 2, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"Grayson and Pelosi have a lot in common, they are both stupid and I hope they are enjoying their 29% approval rating by the American public. "

Posted by: buzzychief | October 1, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Buzzychief - looks like you also share the stupid gene. Although you get points for your witty (albeit juvenile) commentary, you fall short in the fact department - you do know that talking points and facts are different, right?

It appears you've confused the approval ratings for Pelosi and the Dems with the republicans. (Actually, if the gop got to 20% approval they'd be doing good, but they can't even muster that much.) According to the latest Research 2000 poll...

Pelosi - 35
Reid - 32

McConnell - 19
Boehner - 13

Congressional Democrats - 39
Congressional GOP - 18

Democratic party - 41
Republican party - 23

So, Buzzy, who's stupid?

Posted by: NotFooledTX | October 2, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Grayson's comments are clumsy and rude. But those of Republicans, like Grassley's "death panels" nonsense, are even worse. Grayson shouldn't apologize until Republicans do: they started it with their intemperate distortions of health reform issues.

Posted by: ejmurphy414 | October 2, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are such incredible whiners it may soon be necessary to come up with a new word to describe them. Personally I think the traditional word beginning with "P" that is an affectionate term for a cat (among other things) fits perfectly, but unless you're talking about Goldfinger's pilot you usually don't hear it much in proper company these days.

Maybe we should start calling McConnell and Boehner and the rest of the thin-skinned GOPers "galores"?

Posted by: whatmeregister | October 2, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

His comments today about defunding Halliburton, Blackwater along with ACORN were right on!

Posted by: blarsen1 | October 2, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Liberals don't find this kind of attack on others offensive when it is a democrat attacking. Face it, it is their modus operandi. Just view their postings.... They just can't handle it when they themselves are criticized or when they feel their views threatened by reality.....Then it's time to attack and know they follow the Saul Allinsky rules. is tiresome!!!!

Posted by: Keeptrying | October 3, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

It appears that the House of Representatives reflects our American society where some members are made more equal than others.

Posted by: Migrant1 | October 4, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

The Republican Health Plan Card -- don't leave home without it!

See --

Posted by: MikeLicht | October 4, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans are ludicrous for asking Grayson to apologize. Rep. Michelle Bachman has systematically attacked President Obama since he as been in office with her comments that should be investigated by the Secret Service, and not ONE Republican has said anything about that. THOSE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULD NOT THROW STONES! :)

Posted by: ytrid51 | October 4, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Representative Grayson said on the floor of the House my disgust at the Republican party that places Special interest and theirs before the American People. Everyone fro m Business, Doctors, Politicians all agree that the U.S. Healtcare system must be reformed. The Republicans only plan to date fitted on one sheet of paper. The Republicans are Hell bent on throwing a Monkey wrench in the Democratic plan for Health reform, because they know if Real Healthcare reform is passed & suceeds, the Republicans will soon be mentioned in the same breath as Whigs!

Posted by: wave06 | October 4, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I thought Republicans liked talking this way-I thought this was the way the political game was played. What hypocrisy.

Posted by: realadult | October 4, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

The Best 10 Minutes You will Spend in Your Life time!

31 years ago… The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Milton Friedman - Socialized Medicine

MEMO for the Democrats in Congress,
You don't even have to be able to read...just listen.

Posted by: ekim53 | October 4, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

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