Alan Grayson on Real Time

I think it may be safe to assume this snippet from Real Time won’t get zapped by HBO as it’s on Grayson’s YouTube channel, but who knows? In any case, the usual caveat goes with these things, so enjoy while you can…

I haven’t been taking in the TV news that much lately, but have caught more than a few interviews with Representative Grayson here and there on the Intertubes. Along with his fellow straight-shooting House Democrats from the 9th Districts of New York and Ohio (i.e., Anthony Weiner and Marcy Kaptor, respectively), he’s a joy to watch and a refreshing change from the equivocating douchebags, corporate shills and mercenary sell-outs that more frequently seem to populate the ranks of the Democratic Party these days.

And just to re-purpose this a bit into a Canadian context, when on earth are we going to see some charismatic firebrands emerging on the Left up here that are willing and able to speak truth to power, cut through the copious boatloads of crapola dished up every day by government flunkies and slavish media hacks? In other words, politicians actually capable of galvanizing people to get even somewhat interested in whatever it is the Liberals and/or NDP have to say? (Presuming that is, they have anything at all worth listening to…)

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15 responses to “Alan Grayson on Real Time

  1. Ti-Guy

    when on earth are we going to see some charismatic firebrands emerging on the Left up here that are willing and able to speak truth to power, cut through the copious boatloads of crapola dished up every day by government flunkies and slavish media hacks?

    You have to have long periods of inept, corrupt government and crappy news media for that to happen.

  2. Tomm

    People have to want to have fun. Alan Grayson has clearly decided that whatever the Republican machine does to him is of no consequence.

    He must be a practicing Buddhist.

    …just kidding.

    But clearly (like Warren Beatty’s Bulworth), he has moved beyond the glass wall of expected behavior.

  3. Canadian politics tends toward the centre. In the centre sits the monolith that is Corporate Power and co-option.

  4. i like grayson, but he does seem slightly maniacal. taibbi had a rather strange exchange with him (posted recently on his blog). nonetheless, we need more huey longs and less corportae shills.

  5. Ti-Guy

    Canadian politics tends toward the centre. In the centre sits the monolith that is Corporate Power and co-option.

    Oh, c’mon. In the US, the same thing…it’s just more complicated.

    I find comparisons between Canadian and American politics pointless. Novelty and robust ideas arise from conflict and we just don’t have enough real conflict in Canada (vide the petty squabbles and relative quaint scandals that have characterised public discourse over the last four years) to make such things necessary.

    Although conflict is often inevitable, I’ve never embraced it as the creative force the way Americans do.

  6. Tomm — People have to want to have fun. Alan Grayson has clearly decided that whatever the Republican machine does to him is of no consequence.

    Exactly. Grayson has made it perfectly clear that he doesn’t give a damn if he’s not re-elected.

    You’ve got to admire his life story. A veritable Horatio Alger…

  7. Tomm

    Now that I know he exists, I will try and follow his career.

    There are a few congressmen (and women) who speak their minds. My old congressman (Ron Dellums) was politically ostracized, even by his own party, for being too far left. But California’s 9th District kept electing him anyway. It sounds like Grayson has a little more of the showman in him.

  8. Ti-Guy

    My old congressman…

    Are you a foreigner, Tomm?

  9. Tomm — Oh, for sure he’s a showboat — hell, he cited Huey Long, for chrissake — but that’s okay in my book. I’d rather have someone who’s “out there” than some insignificant houseplant that simply occupies a seat in Congress (or Parliament).

  10. Tomm: My old congressman…

    Ti-Guy: Are you a foreigner…?

    Tomm’s a cosmopolitan.

    From the little about himself he’s (unwisely) proffered here and elsewhere, I would guess he’s had more après ski aperitifs with International Baccalaureate-holding technocrats and their anorexic Swedish wives than the entire Privy Council Office staff put together. He makes you and I look like hump-backed coal miners.

    He probably composes haiku about how raindrops sound when they plash against carnation petals. I suspect he knows how to choose a wine, too.

    The fact is that, when you’ve got a graduate degree and foreign service experience, you can do the Timbit gorgin’, truck-drivin’, cattle-rustlin’, aw-shucks Joe Canuck act for only so long before the globe-trotting sophisticate lurches out of some act of rhetorical inadvertence and blows your cover. After that, there’s no going back to WalMart. Not even for one of their few tasteful silk ties.

  11. Wal-Mart has “tasteful silk ties”? Well, blow me down! That might be the last place on planet Earth I would conceivably think of to purchase such an article of frivolous adornment.

    I know you wanted to slam Tomm for various other reasons, but quite frankly, I’d be far more interested to engage in a discussion about ties because I could natter on about that at greater length, with considerably more specific knowledge of the subject in question.

  12. Wal-Mart has “tasteful silk ties”?

    I’ll admit to having used poetic license on the matter (though it’s entirely conceivable, no?) 😉

    You’ll be disappointed to learn that I just adore ties, cravats and ascots and wear them with pretty much everything, to the profound embarrassment of my wife, family and friends.

    I started this mania in Grade 11, as a supercilious, anti-punk way to bemuse my “alternative”, Hüsker Dü-loving peer group. I spent the late ’80’s/early ’90’s as a loyal Ports International client, with a wide range of conservative stripes for every occasion (e.g. kegger by the Grand River, hot knives at my place while the folks winter in Fort Lauderdale, acid trip at Zappers video arcade, etc.).

    Sure, it got me beaten up a few times, but I was, in each case, far too baked to remember the trauma.

  13. Tomm

    You guys are worse than a bunch of nattering old women at a cross stitch party.

    Ok, you’ve outed me. I’m Ignatieff’s cousin Metro. Tomm is just part of an anagram we used as a code when Micheal (he was never Mikey) and I were children (he was never a “kid”).

  14. SF — You’ll be disappointed to learn that I just adore ties, cravats and ascots and wear them with pretty much everything, to the profound embarrassment of my wife, family and friends.

    Not in the least! I’m just so out of the habit, that it now strikes me as somewhat absurd. Not that should necessarily be taken as a bad thing, of course.

    Back in the day, I was quite a collector of neckwear… aside from the usual rep ties and my favourite paisley numbers (in a blend of wool and silk) even had ones adorned with such things as Napoleonic cavalry chasseurs… So there!

    But now I have no one to impress and so just dress for comfort and simplicity — black jeans and (usually) black t-shirt with a hoodie of some sort. There’s no thought required at all… but who cares?

  15. Tomm — You guys are worse than a bunch of nattering old women at a cross stitch party.

    Heh. Don’t get SF going on about clothes. He’s quite the aesthete in that regard. Which is cool with me… I love fine clothes, but simply don’t have the need (or budget) to afford them these days. Still, it’s fun to talk about them from time to time.

    If that’s too “metro”… oh well. Hey, at least we’re not talking about cologne or body products. 😉

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