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Monday, September 27, 2010

Most Disgusting Politician in America

There are lots of politicians in both parties with whom I disagree strongly on various issues. In most cases those politicians are not bad people just misguided on the proper role of government. Once they migrate to Washington, D.C. a lot of politicians succumb to temptation and become corrupt to varying degrees. However, the politician this posts title refers to is much worse than a John Murtha or Duke Cunningham style of pol who enriches himself, friends and family through abuse of office. No, the miserable wretch I'm referring to, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), is truly despicable. You may remember his disgusting comments on the House floor last year that "the Republican plan for health care is don't get sick and if you do get sick then die quickly." Well, that was mild compared to the ugly campaign ads he is running in his reelection campaign. His opponent, Daniel Webster did not serve in the military during the Vietnam War. So, Grayson runs an ad denouncing him as a draft dodger:

Thing is Webster got standard academic deferments while in college and actually was a ROTC driller. After college he reported for duty and failed his entrance physical exam. I was in recruiting and saw hundreds of applicants rejected for some physical problem or another often times the disqualifying condition was something the applicant was completely unaware of before the physical exam. Our screening doctors are very thorough for a several reasons. Primarily, you don't want someone in the service becoming a liability during a conflict or needing medicines or treatments while deployed. So, basically Grayson (who also never served by the way) is questioning his opponents patriotism because he failed a medical exam. Grayson who was 15 when the draft ended claims he would have put his education on hold and served if he was older. Yeah right, could-a, would-a, should-a, whatever. Don't blow smoke up my skirt with hypothetical answers to unasked questions. Grayson could have joined the military if he was disposed to do so. Harvard had ROTC when he attended. Military service is NOT a prerequisite to elective office. However, don't claim you would have served if, if, if, while at the same time criticizing your opponent for not serving because he was disqualified.

Grayson's next campaign ad shows a snippet of his opponent quoting scripture without context and compares him to the Taliban.

The tiny bit of biblical scripture he quoted "a wife should submit to her husband" comes from the St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians and is preceded by "Wives and husbands be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ." I'm not going to retype the entire passage, but the most important sentence to me is later in the passage when it says "So husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself." This reading has nothing to do with misogyny such as that seen from the Taliban and in fact is often chosen as a reading for wedding ceremonies.

It would not speak well of his district if Grayson gets a single vote for reelection. If he actually wins reelection then there is no hope for them at all. Mind you, there are some decent folks in that district, some of them even started a website titled It is subtitled: Created by Floridians outraged and embarrassed by Alan Grayson's leftist positions and childish behavior.

If you have some extra money you want to put to good use here is a link to Daniel Wester's campaign website where there is a donation button to click in the upper right hand corner.

For clarification purposes, this Daniel Webster is a different one than the more famous Daniel Webster who was a Whig politician who ran for president in 1836, 1848 and 1852. He lost every time by the way. Twice he declined an offer to run for Vice President and both times the president he chose not to run with died in office. Oddly enough during Webster's long political career he was Secretary of State under three different presidents (Harrison, Tyler, and Fillmore) and represented two different states in Congress (New Hampshire and Massachusetts). Despite being dead 158 years, Webster would still be a vast improvement over Grayson.

UPDATE: Well, it gets even more despicable. I was not sure when I posted this what the context was when Daniel Webster said "she should submit to me." I had a nagging suspicion that there was a chance that he was in the middle of an ugly rant. However, I figured if it really was as bad as Grayson was alleging the they'd have played more of the clip. Well, thanks to the fine folks at RedState we have the rest of the clip and once we see the comments in context it is 180 degree opposite of the allegations of misogyny. If anything it further cements Daniel Webster as a good guy who loves his wife. Watch the clip and judge for yourself.

There is no politician more deserving of a resounding electoral loss in November than Alan Grayson. He should be shunned by all decent people. However, he is lining himself up for a prime time slot at MSNBC.

The Other McCain declares that Grayson is not scum. After reading his argument, I have to agree it unnecessarily defames scum to compare it to Grayson.

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Blogger bob said...

Grayson is reading the writing on the wall and has become desperate.

September 28, 2010 at 1:39 AM


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