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Friday, October 30, 2009

Alan Grayson and the Age Old Question

There's a cliche, there's no such thing as bad publicity. If that's true, Alan Grayson is about to test that theory. Grayson first gained notoriety by taking on Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.

That clip became a cult classic. It was especially classic to those of us that have problems with the Fed, but those folks aren't much of the population. So, this clip came out in July and Grayson was still a relative unknown.

He didn't get known by the public at large until he claimed that Republicans want people "to die quickly".

It went downhill from there. He went on Rachel Maddow and slammed Republicans. He suggested that Dick Cheney was a vampire. Finally, it was revealed that he called a Federal Reserve deputy a "whore".

His behavior is not only erratic but totally inexplicable. He comes from a swing district that surrounds Orlando. He's a first term Congressman. He's no lock to win re election. Why is he saying things that are outrageous?

Certainly, Congressman Grayson is now known by the mainstream. If it's true that there's no such thing as bad publicity, then all of this makes sense. Grayson, however, is challenging that notion and stretching it.

Grayson may wind up helping Grayson. After all, he's become a hero of the far left. He has an open invitation to any show on MSNBC and Air America. Now, everyone knows Alan Grayson. Certainly, his profile has been expanded exponentially. Yet, it doesn't do any favors to his party. Grayson will only go on left wing shows, but the Democratic party may wind up on another network. They're asked about him and forced to distance themselves from their colleague. So, their may be no bad publicity for Alan Grayson but his publicity doesn't necessarily help the Democratic party.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What's funny is that despite the traditional wisdom that he's made himself a target, it appears its the Republicans who are afraid of *him*. No well known Republican seems to want to run against him.

In any case, its not like any of those "moderate" Democrats need any prodding to denounce members of their own party. It wouldn't even surprise me to see Lieberman campaigning against Dodd or Reid after they stood up for him.