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Grayson: the New Face of the Democratic Party?

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Six-Foot Four Inches, an eighth of a ton, lump-jawed, glowering, menacing and with a hint of elfin twinkle in the eyes. Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson is on the job. Sticking it to the Republicans as no one else has been able or willing to do in recent memory. On the floor of the House last week using charts on an easel, Republican Style, accusing the Republican Health Care Reform Obstructionists of negligent homicide in the deaths of over 40,000 Americans per year who would be alive if only they had been covered by Health Insurance. He must have hit a very healthy nerve because oh how the little piggies did squeal! Rep. Tom Price of "Geowjiah" proclaimed an apology was due the People's House for such a vicious and undeserved attack; likening it to his Republican Colleague's outburst at President Obama, for which HE apologized... Actually he didn't. Rep. Joe Wilson apologized over the phone in a private call to a White House Staffer, not to President Obama, and never apologized to his Congressional Colleagues for embarrassing them and the Body for his rude and unprecedented outburst in the midst of a live broadcast, prime time, during a Presidential Speech to a Joint Session of Congress. Rep. Grayson's comments were broadcast only by C-Span, around midnight, to, essentially no one, except EXTREME political junkies and insomniacs.

The Right-Wing Echo Chamber picked up the banner and ran with it labeling Grayson's presentation "unprecedented" and "groundless". Interesting charges considering several Republicans had recently accused non-existent "Death Panels" and "Medical Rationing" within the Democratic Reform Plans would result in seniors and others being essentially sent to an early grave. Grayson also cited as the source of his statistics a recently released Harvard Study, not a Health Insurance Wholly-Owned Subsidiary (Lewan Group) organization. Appearing again on the House floor in response to the demand for an apology, Grayson promptly poked his finger into the OTHER Republican eye by apologizing, not to the House, but to the American People, for CONGRESS not doing more, sooner, to provide healthcare for all Americans, thereby allowing untold thousands of unnecessary deaths.

It is worth noting that Grayson, a first-term congressman from Orlando, Florida (somehow fittingly, home to Disney World) is a Harvard educated Attorney, a successful businessman and one of the wealthiest men in either Body of Congress; having acquired a net worth of over 31 Million Dollars WITHOUT the assistance of Congressional connections.

Having lived at death's door throughout his childhood, needing continuous medical care, Grayson has learned the difference between genuine concerns and unfounded fear. He attributes his survival to adulthood to the health insurance provided his family during those early years through his father's union membership at the workplace.

With a backstory like his, an impeccable set of credentials and total financial freedom from a need for special interest dollars, Grayson is looking more and more like the Republican's worst nightmare. Did I forget to mention, he also seems impervious to the disapproval of his peers?

The Cherry on Top is the fact that Grayson is chock full of charisma. A totally likable "Bull in the China Shop" with a toothy grin and a ready wit. Light years distant from Senate Leader Reid, who propounds with all the enthusiasm of a man desperately fighting sleep; or House Mom Pelosi, whose diffident chirping is barely audible over the hum of camcorders.

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Whether Grayson turns out to be a flash in the pan or a guiding light is a story yet to be told but either way, I'm glad I was around to witness one of the very first chapters.

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Thomas, thank you, this is good. I hope I hear mor... by Steve Slocum on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 11:43:19 AM
Thanks, Mr. Unger.Alan Grayson is great – I love... by Dick Thomson on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 1:49:36 PM
I love Dennis Kucinich too.He, like Grayson, is a ... by Linda Ross on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 2:37:41 PM
Jim Traficant is a perfect candidate for Congress ... by Mad Jayhawk on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 6:49:38 PM
The conviction was bogus, and was payback for him ... by Dick Thomson on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 8:19:34 PM
Alan Grayson is the manHe's thereal deal.Does the ... by tjb on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 12:32:06 PM
Finally, someone in politics I can respect and adm... by sandy valencour on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 1:55:09 PM
I want that man to be PRESIDENT!For anyone able to... by Linda Ross on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 2:31:24 PM
I sent his videos out all over the web a year ago ... by Janiece Senn on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 2:33:32 PM
No donation is too small or insignificant.In fact,... by Linda Ross on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 2:50:52 PM
Janiece,It's going to be millions of people like y... by truthseeker7 on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 9:13:02 AM
Frank Rich wrote in the NY Times today, Oct 4th: ... by John Lorenz on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 2:38:40 PM
Five CNN staffers tried to accost Alan first with ... by Jason Paz on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 2:41:49 PM
Part Incredible Hulk part longshoreman, is Alan Gr... by thomas unger on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 3:01:08 PM
Grayson may have made a lot of people on the left ... by virginius "gin" arnold on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 3:55:29 PM
You gotta be kinding me. Grayson is going to stir ... by Michael Dewey on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 6:38:11 PM
I agree that Grayson's tact sometimes leaves a lit... by truthseeker7 on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 9:19:19 AM
There was no sugar-coating in Grayson's rhetoric, ... by thomas unger on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 9:48:26 AM
It's good to hear some good news out of Florida. P... by Mari Eliza on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 4:10:21 PM
Grayson simply said what any one of scores of mill... by Nick Lento on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 4:17:28 PM
If we send Grayson to the senate we need to find h... by truthseeker7 on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 9:23:00 AM
the first Florida Democrat to be proud of since, w... by B. Ross Ashley on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 4:25:20 PM
You, Mister Ungerstated:"Rep. Grayson's comments w... by shirley reese on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 7:25:36 PM
the more I like him. If only other democrats (or t... by Nick van Nes on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 7:42:49 PM
Grayson walks tall and suffers no (GOP) fools! Sig... by Janis Lentz on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 7:46:34 PM
Rachel Maddow may be a bright kid, but she's been ... by Dave Kisor on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 10:16:43 PM
I wish we had more politicians with the guts to sp... by Lance L. Landon on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 10:38:18 PM
I love what I have sen from this Grayson Man. He i... by Michael Dewey on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 11:16:39 PM
It's about time that somebody in the Democratic Pa... by Caronome on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 1:25:41 AM
Alan Grayson and Jesse Ventura would definatelymak... by Bob Kral on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 10:27:28 AM
Is Grayson the New Face of the Democratic Party? D... by Jack Flanders on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 12:45:56 PM
....Republicans bad. Or, Republicans good....then ... by Eric Pottenger on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 1:47:11 PM
Great this is what we need. Random unsupported rad... by Gallaher on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 2:06:02 PM
With Dennis Kucinich, Anthony Weiner and now Alan ... by Bryan Emmel on Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009 at 3:04:15 AM
Mr. Grayson gives me hope for this nation's future... by Richard Girard on Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009 at 6:02:54 PM