Alan Grayson, a hero to the left, recently lost his re-election campaign and just finished up his term. He was recently the subject of an interview with the NY Times, the so called paper of record.
While Congressman Grayson gave a very frank and (in my view) on the money assessment of the current state of the democratic party:
“What did the environmentalists see over the last two years?” he asked. “A proposed monumental increase in subsidies for nuclear power industry and offshore drilling.”
As for gay voters, he said: “What they got to see was a judge order that ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ no longer be enforced and a Democratic president appeal that decision. That is what that constituency saw before Nov. 2.” (The law was repealed in the final hours of the 111th Congress.)
By Election Day, Democratic voters in many districts felt that they had no real choice, Mr. Grayson said.
“If you want people to support you, then you have to support them,” he said. “You have to think long about what you did for people who voted for you, made phone calls for you, who went door to door for you.”
The line that I found most telling of the interview was this one.
He even gave his legislation provocative names, like the “The War Is Making You Poor Act,” which sought to reduce taxes by requiring the Defense Department to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan within its relatively small annual budget. (It did not pass.)
How Mr. Barbaro and the NY Times editorial staff could of let such an amazing line slip by is beyond me. Not since the
Judith Miller fiasco, has such an outlandish line been printed in the Times. As has been pointed out, we spend about 50% plus on Defense. I did not look, but I wonder if you could find in the NY Times a story on how big Social Security is or maybe all of the money we spend on the department of education…
How telling for the current state of journalism.