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.”

Watch it:

Source: Crooks and Liars


14 Responses to “Rep Grayson Takes on GOP ‘Exception’ Hypocrisy”

  1. Richard Riker on January 14th, 2010 5:02 pm

    This non-representative is quite the buffoon isn’t he? He tries to paint the rest of the Republicans and all conservatives with the same brush he uses on Giuliani. I guess that means that the rest of the Democrats and all liberals believe there are 57 states that make up the United States, after all isn’t that what their leader Mr. Obama stated during last years campaign? Why is Alan Grayson such a boor? the reason is simple, he is out of his depths as a Representative and in order to compensate he acts like a clown and makes very silly comments. Unfortunately, I’m from his district and have to put up with his buffoonery for another few months but then he will be replaced by conservative Republican Patricia Sullivan who will actually represent the people of this district.

  2. MG Careuthers on January 14th, 2010 5:28 pm

    Mental Illness is a disease, as is ignorance, and that carpetbagger Grayson has both in spades! He is an embarassment to Florida, the nation and imbeciles the world over! In fact he has the worst case of rectaloptholitus in medical history. Thankfully, Floridians, self-help is near at hand. That aid is a vote for Patricia Sullivan! Mrs. Sullivan is the breath of fresh air we desperately need. Return sanity to the congress. What Grayson forgot or never knew is its congress not a minstrel show done in whiteface.

  3. VJ on January 14th, 2010 6:07 pm

    Mr Grayson is using the classic Saul Alinsky radical activist mantra of creating a verbal crisis without substance. He finds a statement and tries to make a mountain out of it. Mr. Grayson, why don’t you talk about the overwhelming taxes you and Obama have put in place that will decimate the economy starting January, 2011. I just saw a presentation at the local Chamber of Conference of all the tax increases you and Obama have pushed through and it is not a nice picture – your entire activity seems to be to build a bigger government and decimate small businesses. I expect your opponent Patricia Sullivan to decimate your election chances, since I am also unlucky enough to have you as Congressman.

    Vance Jochim – a fiscal watchdog in Lake County, FL

  4. MG Careuthers on January 14th, 2010 7:18 pm

    I thank God for Pat Sullivan! The sooner we elect her the sooner Fl-#8’s long nightmare is over. Grayson is a buffoon of the first water, some might call him “folksy” or “colorful” but common knowledge here in Florida simply tags him a public embarrassment. Anyone, including you, Sue, who takes anything he says seriously is either the ventriloquist whose hand up his *ss makes him seem to be speaking or a lockstep obamakin willing to believe anything just so long as it can be blamed on Bush #43 or the GOP, the party of Lincoln. The fact of the matter is: He’s not even from here and I, for one am ready to send him back from whence he came

  5. Steve Pickering on January 14th, 2010 7:51 pm

    Mr. Grayson might have a point if it weren’t for Mr. Obama’s blatant disregard for the nation’s security. There were several ATTEMPTED incidents during the Bush administration, and at least one mentally deranged sniper working completely independently (can you call him a terrorist?).

    The point is, Mr. Grayson, that despite continued attacks, Mr. Obama continues to do things such as closing Guantanamo Bay, holding court for terrorists in New York City, and re-naming Terrorist acts “man-made disasters.” His campaign of “nice” diplomacy has made the US a laughingstock, demonstrating over and over that the Tiger has lost its teeth.

    Mr. Grayson is a dangerous dilettante who’s only interest in national security is reducing or eliminating our military and intelligence assets. Like most liberals, he refuses to acknowledge the price paid in blood for our liberty and security over the years. His only interest is ripping out the heart of our capabilities, no matter what the cost.

    As the 2010 election approaches, I look forward to Mr. Grayson finally realizing that his behavior will cost him his seat in Congress to someone like Patricia Sullivan, an advocate for a strong national defense. Mrs. Sullivan’s common sense approach to national security issues will bring us back to responsible representation in Florida’s Eight Congressional District. His departure cannot happen too soon.

  6. DPB on January 14th, 2010 8:02 pm

    I assume the three people who commented all know each other or was it one person.
    I have heard that same distortion of history from numerous other Republican “spokesmen” in addition to Rudy Giuliani. Is there a play book that is shared so they all speak the same lines? It doesn’t matter how many times a distortion is said, it still doesn’t change the facts of history. Bush inherited a surplus that he spent into the ground. 9/11 happened during Bush’s first term. Iraq was a HUGE mistake. Obama was given the worst financial crisis in our history next to the Great Depression. New Orleans was a double catastrophe. And the list continues…

    The only legacy Bush will leave behind is he single handily elected Obama as President.

  7. Gail Marie Florida on January 14th, 2010 8:29 pm

    Alan Grayson knows nothing about true republicans, he likes to here himself talk. And what did this accomplish? Blah Blah Blah… what a big waste of time. . His days are numbered. Patricia Sullivan for DISTRICT 8 BYE BYE GRAYSON!!! We need real leadership. Vote Patricia Sullivan

  8. Stefan on January 14th, 2010 9:19 pm

    All that Dis-Grayson is doing is alienating himself from the voters of District 8. He thinks by getting bushels of money from out of state he can buy his way back to Congress. He and lots of other politicians are going to find out that the grass roots want real candidates, people who are not lawyers, developers or career politicians. Let’s go back to what the Founding fathers intended, citizen legislators.
    And as mentioned above, Patricia Sullivan fits that category well, running as a Republican but un-sullied by the DC swamp mud that has corrupted so many.

  9. goP FaiL on January 14th, 2010 11:31 pm

    LOL – those first few responses are buy some delusional individual who, albeit half way intelligent, shows they’re suffering from severe depression, and thereby facts mean nothing to them.

    To them, Bush was great, and protected this homeland – except he didn’t and he wasn’t. He failed where no other American had in protecting the continental USA ever as a ‘president’. He was a farce, a joke, a stain in history, and the blathering on about, “Oh, Pat is gonna save us from Grayson” baloney is so CUTE. So, what happens when she doesn’t win? You gonna go check yourself into an asylum?

    I think you oughta now…

    GOP leaders are out of touch, closed-minded, pro-corporation/insurance slaves, and care little for my suffering or YOURS.

  10. MsBrewMaster on January 15th, 2010 1:28 am

    I wonder how much money this little tirade cost the American people? Just so Mr. Grayson could garner the attention he craves. Doesn’t the House of Representatives have more important items to address, rather than listening to Dis-Grayson’s childish brattle? Move over and let the adults represent the people of the 8th district.

  11. Peg Wooden on January 15th, 2010 8:05 am

    It’s a sad day in this country when we have to listen to politicians like Grayson. Fortunately, we have a great candidate to oppose him in the next election, Patricia Sullivan. I will be so glad when we can hear her sensible comments and solutions instead of the dribble that comes from Grayson. I think the American people deserve to hear talk that makes sense from politicians that treat us like intelligent people. He must think we are really morons, judging from his comments and I resent that.

  12. Beth407 on January 15th, 2010 11:02 am

    When ever we hear Grayson speak we know we better take cover, because he is going to spew out nastiness. He brings this attention on himself and I know he loves it. Well, all it has done is give us fuel and the determination to vote him out. I myself have found one that is strong enough to stand up to his childish trantrums. That person is Patricia Sullivan and I look forward to November when we get to say bye, bye Grayson. It gives me a great patriotic feeling being able to help a true grassroots republican conservative that loves the people in her district and wants to speak for us. A women with values, morals and spunk. We are behind you Patricia as your support grows daily.

  13. LesHeight on January 15th, 2010 11:19 am

    The reason Teabaggers, Conservatives and Republicans hate Rep. Grayson so much is that he uses their own tactics against them.

    The funniest thing is the commentators here deluding themselves that he is going to lose to some political nobody the GOP dug up to run against him when all the legitimate local candidates were too scared to face him.

  14. MsBrewMaster on January 16th, 2010 1:01 am

    LesHeight, Have you been listening to what is happening around the country? Scott Brown is giving Coakley a run for her money. It wasn’t supposed to be that way. SHE was the sure thing. No need to worry about a nobody like Scott Brown.
    This is not the same country it was a year ago. The people sleep no more. We will see the patriots, the ones you call nobodies, raise up, lift their collective voices and freedom will reign once more.

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