Saturday, February 20, 2016

Grayson And The Establishment-- Not Exactly Like A Horse And Carriage


In this tweet yesterday, Washington Post columnist and notorious villager Aaron Blake was trying to drive traffic to an article by a colleague, Amber Phillips, about Orlando congressman Alan Grayson, who both referred to as "Congress' most bizarre member," presumably, at least in Amber's and Aaron's world, more bizarre than, for example, Louie Gohmert, or the guy equating Apple with terrorist supporters, Arkansas closet case Tom Cotton (R-AR), the guy who wants to end weekends, Glenn Grothman (R-WI), Jody Hice (R-GA), or the doctor-- now a GOP congressman-in-good-standing-- who was drugging female patients and having sex with them, Scott DesJarlais (R-TN). But Amber, like Rev. Lovejoy of The Simpsons graduated from Texas Christian University and maybe they have a different worldview than normal people.

Amber may not even be aware that she's part of Chuck Schumer's little game to crush Grayson's career... but I think she does. She noted yesterday that "[t]he liberal firebrand is challenging the preferred establishment candidate, Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), whose more-moderate record could open the door to the liberal Grayson in the primary. Congressional leaders like Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) seem sufficiently worried enough about Grayson's prospects that Reid has called on Grayson to resign his congressional seat, saying Grayson has "no moral compass," part of Schumer's scheme to install Wall Street fave Patrick Murphy into the Senate. Millions of progressives admire Grayson for exactly what little Establishment shill Amber from TCU derides about him:
To know Grayson is to know that he is like a lightning rod for controversy. He first came to Congress in 2008, and within a year he was making incredulous national headlines for his comments that "If you get sick, America, the Republicans’ health-care plan is this: Die quickly." Or this on Dick Cheney: "I have trouble listening to what he says sometimes because of the blood that drips from his teeth while he’s talking." He once called Republicans "knuckle-dragging Neanderthals."

One of the few times Grayson publicly apologized for what comes out of his mouth was when he called a female adviser to a Federal Reserve chairman "a K street whore."

To Democratic leaders' relief, Grayson lost reelection in 2010. But he was elected to a different seat in 2012 after redistricting, and he's continued providing his party with headaches.
Not so much "to Democratic leaders' relief" as much as due to DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen's betrayal. TCU Amber shoveled the dirt in a way you could only expect someone who hopes to get a nice pat on the head and something to munch on from Chuck Schumer.

Last May we predicted Schumer would find sieves like Amber to spread his poison. In what passes for journalism in Washington that isn't difficult. Just look under "E" for Establishment wanna-be. (She seems good at taking stenography from Schumer's team; I wonder if she even knows that's what she's doing.) 

You know, when Donald Trump wants to build something in Florida-- especially something glitzy-but-shoddy-- he turns to Coastal Construction, Patrick Murphy's family firm. Murphy's very Republican father, who, with his friends and the Wall Street banksters, finance Patrick's career, bribes public officials to endorse his son with big "campaign contributions." You can look up nearly every Murphy endorser and cross-tab them with FEC filings and you'll find contributions from Thomas and Leslie Murphy, Patrick's mommy and daddy. But now I'm hearing something even more disturbing. Someone's building a presidential library on Chicago's South Side and the Murphys want to make a deal. Let's see what new endorsements for sonny-boy come out in the next week or two.

Let's not fill the Senate with Schumercrats. I would have said "corrupt" Schumercrats but the essence of being a Schumercrat is corruption-- so it would be redundant. No Schumercrats on this page. Schumercrats take enormous sums of money from Wall Street banksters and call their agenda in public office. #1 recipient of Finance Sector bribes among non-incumbents running for the U.S. Senate this year is, of course, little Patrick-- something an establishment shill like Amber Phillips would never mention... and probably not even understand why she should. But all the Schumercrats are raking in the big bucks from Wall Street. Oh, you thought only Republicans are corrupt scumbags? Sorry... it's Republicans plus the establishment conservaDems Chuck Schumer pushes. These are Schumer's 2016 Senate candidates, in order of how much sewer money they've gobbled up from the Finance Sector:
Patrick Murphy (FL)- $838,500
Chris Van Hollen (MD)- $347,557
Ted Strickland (OH)- $292,615
Tammy Duckworth (IL)- $267,114
The Establishment, whether crooks like Schumer and Murphy or their patsies in the media like Amber Phillips, freak out when Grayson shakes up the established order. And that's what he does. That's why we love him. That's why they hate him. Hillary, AP reported yesterday, corralled 87 more super-delegates to the Convention. Bernie has a lead in democratically elected delegates, 36-32 but once super-delegates are included in the totals, Hillary is sittin' pretty at 481-55. Because of the inherent corruption in the anti-democratic super-delegate system, Bernie has to win the rest of the primaries with 59%. Even the most Establishment purveyor of news and opinion in the country, the NY Times, is skeptical about the role of super-delegates and how that is benefitting the establishment candidate they have already endorsed.

So... what does this have to do with Grayson? As Gaius and I have been mentioning this week he's shaking up the super-delegate system by asking his constituents and supporters to vote for Bernie or Hillary and that he'll cast his own super-delegate ballot according to what they want. "Until yesterday, 'superdelegates' were simply puppets of the unDemocratic establishment," he wrote, "and their determination to snatch candidate selection away from our voters. Well, that’s no longer true. I’m a superdelegate. And I’m injecting a full dose of democracy into the superdelegate process, by letting actual Democratic voters influence who should win my superdelegate vote, at Power to the People, my friend." Stuff like that makes people like Chuck Schumer and TCU Amber want to gnaw their arms off.
In just 24 hours, more people have voted at than for Ted Cruz, Donald Trump or Marco Rubio in the Iowa Caucus. (Or Jeb Bush, but that isn’t saying much.) Our poll already has drawn well over 70,000 votes, which is . . . incredible.

Democrats are sick of feckless loser party bosses dictating to us who carries our banner in November. Who do they think they are? That’s not their decision. It’s ours.

...It’s refreshing to see unbridled democracy in action. True power in the hands of the people is multiplying as we speak, and it is electrifying.
Not for Schumer and Amber it isn't. That's why they're trying so hard to defeat Grayson and why Amber called him "Congress' most bizarre member." Please consider sending Schumer and Amber (and the Murphys and Trumps) a message by tapping on the thermometer:

Goal Thermometer

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At 7:21 AM, Blogger Mf Lehman said...

In the past, the Post has generally hired fluent English speakers, but they seem to have made an exception in Amber's case: "Congressional leaders like Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) seem sufficiently worried enough…" and "He first came to Congress in 2008, and within a year he was making incredulous national headlines." I am sufficiently worried enough to find it incredulous that Amber actually graduated from any college, even TCU.

At 6:57 PM, Blogger Kim Kaufman said...

Howie - please always give the delegate count without the superdelegates. I want to keep track of the split of voter delegates. Although it might not matter in a while if Hillary "sweeps the south" as is predicted.


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