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Sunday, November 15, 2009
When Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL) started making headlines over his strident comments on the floor of the House about health care, I'm glad I didn't jump on the bandwagon and write glowingly about him--I suspected that Grayson was too good to be true. An recent incident with one of Bill O'Reilly's flunkies shows that Grayson is not ready for prime time. This is sad but not surprising considering the recent history of the Democratic Party. Democrats don't know what time it is.
Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory
As a result of Grayson's emergence as a player in the national media, Bill O'Reilly repeatedly requested that Grayson appear on his Fox News show; Grayson refused. I think this was a squandered opportunity because it would have been an opportunity for Grayson to not only speak in favor of health care reform, but because Grayson would be appearing live, he could have gotten off a few zingers at the expense of O'Reilly and FNC (e.g, here) It's a pity that Grayson wussed out.
O'Reilly wasn't deterred. He send Griff Jenkins, one of his flunky producers to the hallway outside of Grayson's office to interview him. Instead of facing Jenkins, Grayson hid in his office and called the Capitol Hill police (who could do nothing because Jenkins had a right to be there). After hiding in his office for a few hours, Grayson finally met with Jenkins and his performance was weak (watch the video here).
Who the fuck works for Grayson? O'Reilly gave Grayson an opportunity on a silver platter to stick it to O'Reilly and Fox News and Grayson acts like the biggest pussy in the world. This is pathetic. At the very least, Grayson could have gotten one of his staffers to get his own video camera to record the encounter and then do the Olbermann approach to ambush interviews. Undignified? Maybe, but it's a lot more dignified that walking away from a douche like Jenkins with your tail between your legs.
Fuck a duck, don't these people know how to research on the Internet? If they did, then Grayson could have turned the tables on Jenkins and confronted him about revving up the crowd at the recent DC Teabagger event and how that breached journalistic ethics. What is sad is that Grayson is touted as the Democrats attack dog on Capitol Hill. This is sad and pathetic.