Monday, November 09, 2009

Alan Grayson Gives A Lesson To Republicans And Blue Dogs About What It Means To Be Pro-Life


Last night Ken and I were talking about the pointlessness of speeches on the House floor. I had been telling him how moved I was by Donna Edwards' very personal explanation of why she was voting for health care reform. We both marveled at how shamelessly one well-fed Republican zombie after another got up to the podium to recite identical, canned talking point meant only to distort facts and frighten people. And I told him how more Democrats looked like they had been paying attention to and inspired by Alan Grayson's recent refusals to take any guff from these Republicans-- like Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and Ed Markey (D-MA).

Ken reminded me that these speeches don't change any minds on the floor and that they're all just meant to be part of a 30-second sound byte on a local TV station back home. Maybe. But the speech Alan Grayson gave a few days ago is never going to be part of any 30-second sound byte on any TV station I ever heard about. It isn't likely that he did persuade any Republicans-- or Blue Dogs-- to vote for Life. In fact, I've been told that while he gave the speech Republicans plugged up their ears and hopped around like angry chimpanzees, objecting and objecting and objecting. They objected for over an hour. I think you'll understand why by watching it:

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At 7:04 PM, Blogger Laura said...

Gosh he's good.

At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Casual Observer said...

I like Grayson very much, but Doggett hasn't changed his content or tone because of anything Grayson has done. Lloyd has been speaking like this for a long time.

At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Katterine said...

I disagree that we had a different kind of administration a year ago. Obama is pro-war just like Bush was.

At 6:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm thinking Grayson for pres. in 2012.

At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm thinking Grayson for VP in 2012 and Pres in 2016....

And yes...he's very good.


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