Do you remember Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL) who stood up in Congress and said that the Republican health care plan was “Don’t get sick” and if you do get sick to “Die Quickly”. At the time, Republicans vowed to target Grayson and defeat him.
So how’s that working out? Well, they certainly found people to run against him. In fact, there are 13 Republicans running in the Republican primary. But in a recent poll, the person who Republicans would choose to run against Grayson, is Grayson himself! In fact, in the poll, Grayson got more votes than all of the (real) Republican candidates combined.
There are a number of possible explanations for this:
- Republicans in Florida vote based on name recognition only.
- Republicans admire Grayson for standing up for what he believes in, even though what he believes is that the Republicans are “knuckle-dragging Neanderthals”.
- The poll also found that some of the support comes from Republicans who admire Grayson for defending the US Constitution. Grayson carries a copy of the Constitution with him, and in 2009 passed a resolution calling for schools to dedicate a week in September for teaching the Constitution. This September, he will be teaching the Constitution personally in high schools. He has also distributed tens of thousands of copies of the Constitution in his district, including one to every high school senior.
But no matter the explanation, I think it is clear that Democrats should not be afraid to stand up to the Republicans and should laugh at their threats.