Rep Grayson Takes on GOP ‘Exception’ Hypocrisy
January 14, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-The firebrand freshman congressman Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), hilariously took on Republican hypocrisy on terrorist attacks, noting the right-wing’s fondness for what he calls, the Exceptional Exception. In recent days right-wing Republicans, like the former Mayor of New York, Mr. 9/11 Rudy Giuliani, have taken to the airwaves falsely claiming that no domestic terrorist attacks took place during the Bush administration. After the attempted Christmas-day terrorist attack on an airliner bound for Detroit, Republicans sought to politicize the bombing attempt to take cheap political shots against President Obama, claiming he can’t keep us safe. Well, the Republicans seemed to have forgotten about the deadly terrorist attack of 9/11, the attempted shoe bombing, the Anthrax attacks, the DC-area sniper John Allen Muhammad, the attack at the El Al ticket counter at LAX and the 2006 UNC SUV attack by Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, to “avenge the deaths or murders of Muslims around the world.” Nope, those attacks never happened.
So, the Republican Party’s argument is that 9/11 didn’t happen during the Bush administration, because it was “inherited” from President Clinton. But if it did, then that means that Bush didn’t have any terrorist attacks under his watch, EXCEPT for 9/11. And what about all of those other domestic terrorist attacks after 9/11? They don’t count, according to Republicans. Of course, any attempted terrorist incidents taking place under President Obama, count as full-fledged attacks against Americans, unlike similar incidents during the Bush/Cheney years.
Rep. Grayson recently took Republicans to task for their shameful lying and hypocrisy, noting how cool the exceptional exception is:
GRAYSON: And I realized that I was witnessing the birth of a new form of political discourse from the right wing in this country: The Exception. The Exceptional Exception — the exception that proves the rule or disproves the rule, as the case may be. So in the future I’m expecting that we’ll hear from the right wing the claim that no cities drowned under the Bush administration — except for New Orleans. And that there were no wars that were started by mistake under the Bush administration — except for the war in Iraq. And that the Bush administration added nothing to the federal debt — except for a half-trillion dollars, which works out to $15,000 for every man, woman and child in this country. And that they respected all of our constitutional rights as Americans — except when they didn’t.
I think we’ll hear Republicans claim that the Bush administration managed the economy quite well — except when they brought it to the brink of national bankruptcy. In fact, they’ll claim that the Bush-Cheney administration was a complete success, except for the fact that it was an abject failure -- an abject failure. In fact, what we learned in Washington for eight years is that the reason why Republicans hate government so much is because they’re so bad at it.”
Source: Crooks and Liars