Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Rep. Grayson's ABSOLUTELY BRUTAL Email Response to Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin traveled to Florida in order to urge voters to oust the outspoken Democrat Representative Alan Grayson. Grayson's campaign, however, responded with an absolutely brutal email to supporters. I have highlighted some of the zingers.

Subject: Palin Attacks Grayson; Grayson Applies Calamine Lotion to the Resulting Reddish Skin

On Friday night, Sarah Palin came to Orlando, and attacked Rep. Alan Grayson. This is what she said:

"I got to meet quite a few candidates who are lining up in a contested primary who want to take out Alan Grayson. And I think Alan Grayson -- what can you say about Alan Grayson? Piper is with me tonight, so I won't say anything about Alan Grayson that can't be said around children. [Good one, Sarah!] But thank you, Florida, for allowing candidates in a contested primary to duke it out over ideas and principles and values, all with the same goal, and that is unseating those who have such a disconnect from the people of America. That's what the goal is here in this race against Alan Grayson. Please fight hard, and do this for the rest of the country. Fight hard, and send a conservative to Washington, DC."

Palin, the former half-term Governor, current-nothing and future-even-less, charmed the all-Republican audience with her folksy folksiness and her homespun homespunnery. Atypically, Palin was wearing clothes that she had paid for herself. At the end of the event, she shared her recipe for mooseface pie.

In response to Palin's attack on Rep Grayson, Grayson actually complimented Palin. Grayson praised Palin for having a hand large enough to fit Grayson's entire name on it. He thanked Palin for alleviating the growing shortage of platitudes in Central Florida.

Grayson added that Palin deserved credit for getting through the entire hour-long program without quitting. Grayson also said that Palin really had mastered Palin's imitation of Tina Fey imitating Palin. Grayson observed that Palin is the most-intelligent leader that the Republican Party has produced since George W. Bush.

When asked to comment about what effect Palin's criticism might have, Grayson pointed out, "As the Knave's horse says in Alice in Wonderland, 'dogs will believe anything.'" Earlier, as the Orlando Sentinel reported, Grayson said, "I'm sure Palin knows all about politics in Central Florida, since from her porch she can see Winter Park," which is part of Grayson's district.

Grayson said that the Alaskan chillbilly was welcome to return to Central Florida anytime, as long as she brings lots of money with her, and spends it. "I look forward to an honest debate with Governor Palin on the issues, in the unlikely event that she ever learns anything about them," Grayson added, alluding to Politifact's "liar, liar, pants on fire" evaluation of much of what Palin has said.

Scientists are studying Sarah Palin's travel between Alaska and Florida carefully. They hope to learn more about the flight patterns of that elusive migratory species, the wild Alaskan dingbat.
Seriously? Ouch.

20 comments:

Matt P. said...

More proof that Grayson is an incredibly small, insecure man.

swiftone said...

He's got zingers well under control. Snark and trash talk is great before a game. Some of us would like to believe there ought to be more to political debate than to a high school football game. Did either of them make any substantive points?

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Matt P: Humor does not prove he is insecure. Come on....If that's the case, then Palin's effort at humor during her talk proves the same. I think it is refreshing to see people show sincerity.

Swiftone: As if Sarah Palin and her folksy common sense/death panels/barracuda campaign represents substantive political debate....Come on.

Matt P. said...

Yeah right Darren. Uh, humor doesn't make your insecure or hint at it. A needless ad hominem attack posing as humor does does though.

Grayson in action. So much more insightful than Palin on health care. Gimme a break.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH8HK76h95o

Elizabeth said...

Grayson's sense of humor is extremely wry and biting, and reflects his take-no-prisoners attitude to life, probably, and certainly to politics. It does not appear an expression of his insecurity, unless we assume that this kind of cocky (and entertaining, I may add) attitude would be an evidence of such (and that would be quite a stretch, in Grayson's case).

The man is brilliant, incisive, and bold -- and, in contrast with Palin, he actually knows what he's talking about.

His response to Palin's lame and ugly put-down of him was deserved, indeed funny, and well-measured (since he could have been much more brutal toward this empty skirt).

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Matt P: Palin deserved what she got. She's bouncing around the country collecting cash while talking trash, then she needs to expect a smackdown from the recipients of her noise. Sorry -- but politics is brutal. I said that to the Obama crowd, when they whined about Hillary Clinton's "attacks." I say the same to Palin! If you can't stand the heat, step out of politics.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

PS: Yes -- Grayson is far more informed about the issues than Palin: http://dissentingjustice.blogspot.com/2009/08/dumb-and-dumber-on-death-and-dying.html

He's also more consistent: http://dissentingjustice.blogspot.com/2009/08/sarah-palin-sponsored-euthanasia-day-as.html

Matt P. said...

This is the attack according to Grayson. This is "trash" in your mind? It is neither.

"I got to meet quite a few candidates who are lining up in a contested primary who want to take out Alan Grayson. And I think Alan Grayson -- what can you say about Alan Grayson? Piper is with me tonight, so I won't say anything about Alan Grayson that can't be said around children. But thank you, Florida, for allowing candidates in a contested primary to duke it out over ideas and principles and values, all with the same goal, and that is unseating those who have such a disconnect from the people of America. That's what the goal is here in this race against Alan Grayson. Please fight hard, and do this for the rest of the country. Fight hard, and send a conservative to Washington, DC."

Elizabeth said...

I won't say anything about Alan Grayson that can't be said around children.

LOL! So this is not a lame and ugly (because underhanded and based on insinuations rather than upfront rehashing of one's differences) attack, Matt?

Let's see, what is it that parents usually don't want to say around their children?

Oh, I know! Palin wanted to say that Grayson is hot and she wants to... have his babies, right?

No?

Matt P. said...

No Elizabeth it isn't. Do you listen to Reid or Pelosi much? Hardly a moment goes by without them saying things much worse. But whatever we are wasting too much time on something so inconsequential. Grayson will be gone soon enough and Palin will continue to make a fortune being an unelected political commentator/player. Oprah with a political twist.

Elizabeth said...

Alright, Matt, I'll bite: I do listen to Pelosi and am always impressed by how diplomatic she manages to be in the face of what must be often incredible frustration (to put it mildly). So would you please give some examples of her saying, apparently continuously, things that are "much worse" than Palin's lowbrow comment?

I agree with you that the Grayson-Palin "dispute" is indeed inconsequential. You're also right that Palin will continue her crash* course of faux-populism and political infamy, but Grayson isn't going anywhere. In fact, he is the most popular politician on the left and one that continues to garner support from all over the nation without being propped by fake grassroots organizations and such (unlike Palin).

*Crash, as in leading to her inevitable disgrace, in spite of what may outwardly appear as a successful career. There are limits to the usefulness of useful idiots (see Bush).

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Oh please, Matt. If Pelosi said that people responding to her critiques were "attacking" or insecure, then I would say the same thing. Palin has inserted herself into politics, and she has done so by making stupid arguments ("death panels," paling around with socialists, communism, etc.); the response is both proportional and warranted. Poor Sarah Palin - attacked by a mean old Congressman? Yeah, right.

Matt P. said...

Elizabeth here are two quick ones that took all of 30 seconds to find. It's real simple to find left wing hate speech just put "Bush" in the search string. For example I could just look at your post above. I will save you the whole CIA/Bush regime lied to poor old Nancy Pelosi episode. I'm sure you remember that...

My whole point here is that Palin said virtually nothing compared to what is often said and Grayson acted as a bully. If those things were written about a minority, etc. you would be singing a different tune.
--
Pelosi remarks regarding a sitting President:

Bush's remarks were "beneath the dignity of the office of the president and unworthy of our representation"

Politico 5/15/08

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday sharply questioned President Bush's competence as a leader, suggesting his policy in Iraq is to blame for the loss of U.S. lives. That assessment drew a furious response by Republicans who called on the Democratic leader to apologize.

"The emperor has no clothes," Pelosi, D-California, told reporters on Thursday. "When are people going to face the reality? Pull this curtain back."

Pelosi first delivered her comments to a California newspaper. She repeated them during an exchange with reporters Thursday -- the same day Bush was on Capitol Hill meeting in private with GOP lawmakers in a sort of pep rally for the party faithful.

Republicans effused praise for the president as they left the meeting, but Democrats were having none of it.

"The situation in Iraq and the reckless economic policies in the United States speak to one issue for me, and that is the competence of our leader," Pelosi said. "These policies are not working. But speaking specifically to Iraq, we have a situation where -- without adequate evidence -- we put our young people in harm's way."

Asked specifically if she was calling Bush incompetent, Pelosi replied:

"I believe that the president's leadership in the actions taken in Iraq demonstrate an incompetence in terms of knowledge, judgment and experience in making the decisions that would have been necessary to truly accomplish the mission without the deaths to our troops and the cost to our taxpayers."

CNN 5/21/04

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

If those things were written about a minority, etc. you would be singing a different tune.

I won't speak for Elizabeth, but -- race cards? Really? I have defended Palin on this blog several times, but she is worthy of the drivel she dishes. I have defended Obama's critics against charges of racism too -- so the minority thing doesn't work for me.

Palin has made herself into a political cartoon with her silly little "common sense" "gotcha" "death panel" antics. Now, when the tables are turned, she's a victim. I'm not buying it one bit.

Elizabeth said...

First of all, Matt, where does the "minority" thing fit in here? I don't get it. Why bring it up if it's completely unrelated?

Second, Pelosi's remarks as quoted by you are:

1. perfectly civil -- she does not call anyone vulgar names or implies anything close to it, the way Palin did with Grayson;

2. based on merit (since indeed Bush lied us into the Iraq invasion), unlike Palin's "criticisms" of Grayson, which are all ugly innuendo and no substance.

There is no comparison, Matt, no matter how you slice it. I understand you don't like Grayson, but your arguments (kind Palin vs. bully Grayson, mild Palin vs. mean Pelosi, etc.) don't hold any water. Sorry.

Matt P. said...

Elizabeth, I can't help you if you are unable to discern the difference between calling someone incompetent and a slight jab such as Palin's. Good luck with that lack of subtlety. The texts speak for themselves.

Thanks for the good old lying junk. The "lie card" LOL. I guess you did forget all the Pelosi stuff regarding Iraq and CIA,etc. I could dredge up dozens of quotes not to mention the actual vote on the war from the very highest ranking Dems. Not to mention that regime change was official US policy since Clinton's presidency. But let me just give you two that, again, took 30 seconds to find.

"As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I am keenly aware that the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons is an issue of grave importance to all nations. Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."

During debate to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq, Pelosi said:

PELOSI THEN "Yes, he has chemical weapons, he has biological weapons, he is trying to get nuclear weapons." And she told Tim Russert on a November 17, 2002 appearance NBC's Meet the Press, "Saddam Hussein certainly has chemical and biological weapons. There's no question about that."

Darren, has anything Palin EVER said risen to the level of Grayson's youtube clip I sent in the beginning of this wasteful thread? Your vagaries are meaningless and just a way of you saying she isn't as smart as some others so she deserves ridicule.

I'm going to start tracking Maxine Waters' quotes AND actions or perhaps Corrine Brown. Please defend me when I call her a porch monkey or some other disgusting unacceptable term. After all, she "deserves" it. In my world calling someone a chillbilly or hillbilly is the same thing. It demeans the debate and is ad hominem.

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations on your quick fingers, Matt. I'm sure it's great that your web searches take 30 seconds or less. :)

I can't help you if you are unable to discern the difference between calling someone incompetent and a slight jab such as Palin's.

You can't be serious... Seems to me you're the one having trouble here -- in telling a difference between a vulgar put-down based on innuendo ("a slight jab"? LOL!) and a criticism supported by arguments (whether or not you agree with those). This is not a matter of subtlety, but rather reasoning 101.

I would agree, however, that we've wasted enough time already, so it's time to move on.

Matt P. said...

I agree Elizabeth. I'll even concede defeat since this silly debate it takes your eye of the real ball and that is Obama's increased war effort (he lied and people are dying don't ya know), renditions, executive privilege, wire tapping, drones, pissing off key allies like UK, France & Israel, health care procedural gymnastics (after cutting back room deals with the drug companies, Drs, insurance cos, and key legislators)and then transferring ENORMOUS amounts of wealth from the US gov directly to banks, unions and hedge funds. I will admit that he is willing to research DADT and try a few scumbags in civil courts may be and allow government support for stem cell research.

Sarah Palin and George Bush are still the devils though. LOL. Peace!

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Matt: Why use "porchmonkey" when the N-word is so much more traditional?

PS: This thread is "wasteful," yet you have most of the posts.

Matt P. said...

I'm all about subtlety Darren. Just like Grayson....and, admittedly, Palin. :-)

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