Saturday, January 8, 2011

Fiery Progressive Grayson Jabs Both Parties


Florida Representative Alan Grayson, who departed Congress on Wednesday, consistently gave us a model of a fighting, progressive Democrat. Most famously, he presented the Republican health care plan on the House floor : "Don't get sick! And if you do get sick, die quickly!" Grayson didn't leave quietly; in an interview, he offered harsh judgments for both Republicans and Democrats:

...Mr. Grayson...faulted Democrats for failing to deliver for...labor unions and antiwar voters.

...he considers the political right to be intolerable. He called the Republicans “a hopeless sellout party that will never do anything constructive for ordinary people in this country.”

...He is annoyed with Democratic senators for waiting until now to challenge the procedural rules that, he said, allowed a determined group of Republicans to use filibusters to stymie much of the president’s agenda.

And he bemoaned what he said was President Obama’s reversal on a campaign pledge to let the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy expire.

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