MSNBC is neither a news network nor a ratings success, but it is good for one thing: taking the pulse of the Left. Judging by his numerous recent appearances, the Left has a new It-boy: Rep. Alan Grayson, D-FL, who made headlines by saying the Republican health care plan is for you to “die quickly.” Last night’s edition of Hardball with Chris Matthews gave Grayson another opportunity to display his cultivated intellect. Asked by Matthews to respond to Dick Cheney’s criticism of Obama’s Afghanistan (non-)policy, Grayson chose to uncork some Don Rickles one-liners:
Well, my response is — and by the way, I have trouble listening to what he says sometimes, because of the blood that drips from his teeth while he’s talking. But, but my response is this: he’s just angry because the president doesn’t shoot old men in the face. B-by the way, when he was done speaking, did he just turn into a bat and fly away?
Matthews, who had hailed Grayson earlier in the segment as “Captain Cojones,” goaned in disgust. Grayson (who rather resembles Bela Lugosi) proved with his comedic flop why he is the perfect spokesman for today’s Left….
A U.S. Congressman was asked for a serious reply to the most conspicuous attack on the president’s voting “present” on a war, and Grayson chose to utter an unbroken onslaught of personal insults against Cheney. (He never did answer the question.) To believe his words were funny, one must be either psychotic or blinded by sheer personal hatred. The insult route is vacuous, it’s easy, and evidently for Grayson, it works. He catapulted into left-wing stardom by calling everyone who opposes socialized medicine a murderer. He did this as others of his ideological ilk described the tens of thousands of average moms-and-dads at town hall meetings and tea bag parties as violent racists.
Alan Grayson perfectly embodies the MSNBC-Left: ignore foreign policy, keep hitting the snooze alarm on international conflagrations, find a scapegoat (or scapegoats) on the other side to serve as the butt of rambling hate-eruptions, and move on to demonizing the one-half of America or more that disagrees with you.
Alan, keep talking.