While there are many Senators and Congressmen on both sides of the aisle who have embarrassed themselves in public in one way or another, especially at last year’s health care townhalls, there are a few figures who stand out as so dimwitted and egotistical that they deserve special recognition. It may be that we’ve always been plagued with these elected buffoons, but now with the 24 hour news channels and everyone posting videos on YouTube, every desire to hog the spotlight is indulged and every misstep is well documented.
To see how bad things have gotten we just need to look at the recent behavior of two elected Democrats who have humiliated themselves and their party for very different reasons, but who both stand out as sickening examples of why the people, including increasing numbers of Democrats, are looking for any way they can find to vote them out of office.
The big star of the idiot left right now is the egomaniacal Alan Grayson (D-FL) who is attracted to the news cameras like a moth to the flame and always has something moronic or insane to say when the camera focuses on him. YouTube has become a virtual monument to his unbelievable soundbytes and bombastic partisan tirades. He’s good TV because he can always be counted on to say something nuts and offensive and stir up debate.
Grayson reached the pinacle of nuttiness and bigotry this past week when he accused a Florida doctor of racism because he doesn’t want to serve voters who supported Obamacare. He has also recently called a lobbyist a “whore,” called Dick Cheney a “vampire” and called Republicans “knuckle dragging neanderthals.” Grayson loves the camera and has plenty of partisan insults and colorful language to throw around. The good news is that credible Republicans are lining up to challenge Grayson this fall, including Tea Party favorite Patricia Sullivan. The district has traditionally voted Republican and with Tea Party activism so strong in Florida Grayson might be in trouble.
While Grayson is a camera-loving blowhard, the other stellar Democrat I have to draw attention to is Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) whose comments caught on video last week have gone viral on the internet. In the process of defending Obamacare, Hale commented “I don’t worry about the Constitution” and then confuses the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and says of his oath to uphold the Constitution, “it doesn’t matter to me.”
Hare is running in the heavily gerrymandered 17th district in Illinois, a district basically designed to keep any Democrat in office, yet despite that he has become so unpopular that recent polling shows him losing ground to Republican Bobby Schilling who only trails by 7 points. No polls have been taken since his appalling comments on the Constitution became widely distributed on the internet, so if voters are paying attention Hare may be in trouble. Whether Hare gets elected may be a real test of how awakened the American people are. Even Democrats ought to be turning against such an obvious fool. There have to be some limits to partisan loyalty.
They say that most Democrats will vote for a yellow dog or an old rag if it has the Democrat label attached to it, but there are some signs that Democrats are beginning to realize how they have been betrayed by their party of choice. Contrary to the frequent claim the tea parties are a right-wing phenomenon, a recent poll shows that 13% of the tea party membership is made up of Democrats and those numbers may be growing.
That’s a sign of hope, and if we can manage to get Grayson and Hare out of Congress the quality of the membership would increase immeasurably. And while you’re thinking about it, why have no Democrats come forward to condemn these representatives’ behavior? Are they utterly without shame? Democrat leaders actually praise Grayson periodically and secretly laugh at his bigotry, while Hare has thus far been given a free pass by his party. Does this mean that the whole party is as hate-filled as Grayson and holds the same antipathy towards the Constitution as Hare? If so, maybe they all need to be voted out of office.