This is one of the best congressional presentations I've seen in years. Watch Democratic freshman Rep. Alan Grayson present the GOP health care reform plan on the floor of the House. Funny doesn't do it justice.
Calls for Apology from Republicans
His remarks drew angry and immediate calls for an apology from Republicans. Rep. Duncan Comments Rep.
Jimmy Duncan, R-TN, abandoned customary reticence to chastise Grayson. Rep. Duncan said, "That is about the most mean-spirited partisan statement that I've ever heard made on this floor, and I, for one, don't appreciate it."
Rep. Blackburn Comments Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-TN, said, "It's fully appropriate that the gentleman return to the floor and apologize."
Grayson did apologize. He apologized to the families of those who died needlessly because the Republican Party never found the time to stop the carnage. They were to busy celebrating the defeat of Hillary Care.
Rachel Maddow gets the exclusive interview, where Grayson calls out Republicans as knuckle draggers.
Below, Grayson debates the free market conservative industry "wish list." You'll notice the Republican offer to help simply pads the insurance industry pockets, and Grayson points that out, while promising to sign reform into law if only their wish list replaces the Democratic plan. What a deal.
What Grayson should say to his critics is that he is using their language, but based on facts, to counter the fear mongering right wing talking points. Let's hope Rep. Grayson is the new face of the Democratic Party.
According to Think Progress: Castellanos repeatedly attacked Grayson, comparing him at one point to Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The other CNN hosts rallied to Castellanos’ side: Joe Johns incredulously asked if Grayson wanted a “thoughtful conversation about important ideas” and Gloria Borger appeared to be confused by the notion that talking about the number of people dying from a lack of health insurance was getting the “debate back on track.”
USA Today: Grayson said he has read the "resolution of disapproval", has the support of his leadership, and does not plan to apologize. "It is just another example of how they are constantly trying to change the subject. Nobody really cares about their feelings," Grayson said.
"We are not sent here to make the other members feel good," he said. "We are sent here to solve America's problems. Only in their own narrow minds would they think what matters here is how they feel."
As for comparisons to Joe Wilson, Grayson said, "I think the Republicans are putting it out there, but ... I don't think people are buying that at all."