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VIDEO: Alan Grayson spars with Alex Witt on #Syria. Grayson wins.

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I've had my problems with Alex Witt in the past, but in today's interview with Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), she was more unprepared, flustered, and inaccurate than I've seen her in some time.

Witt came at Grayson with challenge after challenge of his positions on Syria, and he batted them away the way Mr. Ed swatted flies with his tail. When she got her facts wrong, he wasted no time in correcting her, and without even trying, he embarrassed her as badly as she embarrassed herself.

As a Twitter pal put it:

"He sorta ate Alex's lunch on the media hype of war with Syria. She was speechless and there was a moment of silence as if everything had gone off script."

Agree with Grayson or not, he speaks his mind, he's blunt, and gets right to the point. In this instance, he wasted no time and had ready answers to unWitting (bygones), uninformed questioning. Here are some excerpts:

Witt: You have been very vocal in your opposition to any kind of intervention. What's your argument against this?

Grayson: First it's not our responsibility. Secondly, whatever we do won't actually accomplish anything useful. Third, it's expensive. And fourth it's dangerous.

Witt: Okay. Uh. You're pretty definitive in that. How much pushback are you getting...?

Grayson: No, my position is actually the popular position here. We set up a website called DontAttackSyria.com and within a few hours we had 10,000 signatures petitioning the president against this action. The polls now show and will continue to show that Americans understand that it's simply not our responsibility. We are only one country out of 196. We have our own problems to deal with, and we're not the world's policeman, nor the world's judge, jury, and executioner.

Witt: You have said that you don't even think it's clear a chemical attack occurred. Now Doctors Without Borders, which is a completely impartial group, says its partners have treated 3,600 people for chemical weapons symptoms. Do you not believe them?

Grayson: No, no. You're misquoting me out of context. I said that several days ago before that evidence came in...

[But] I've yet to hear anybody explain to me why our attacking Syria will take away their ability to commit such an attack in the future.

Witt: Do you question, sir, the president saying that this is a threat to our national security, the use of chemical weapons in Syria?

Grayson: Absolutely. We haven't been attacked at all. Not a single American has been attacked during the course of this entire civil war. And I think Americans understand that. Let's tend to our own garden. ...

Witt: What's your response to [the clip of President Obama's remarks]?

Grayson: Not a single other country feels that way. Just a few days ago we had British parliament debate --

Witt: (She interrupted quickly and loudly here) France does, I believe!

Grayson: Well, no. France is saying we'll wait and see. So that's not the case at all. How is it that this is always our responsibility? And by the way, the treaty that the president's citing says that in case of violations of that treaty, you take the perpetrators to the International Court of the Hague, you don't bomb them.

Witt: (Sigh) Okay. Uhh.. Are you going to be on that conference call, sir, at 2:00... ?

Grayson: No, there is no conference call at 2:00 with general membership... I've arranged for a separate briefing... next week.

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VIDEO: Alan Grayson delivers #CancelTheSequester petition signed by 300,000 to John Boehner's office

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Go Alan Grayson!

The GOP lives for austerity and strives for cuts to and the eventual elimination of successful programs that so many Americans depend on. Their watchword: Privatize. Their goal: Union busting (Read: Ending Democratic fundraising) and destroying their own government. Their prize: Money and power. They salivate over the prospect of profiting off of the misfortune of others, the needs of their fellow citizens, the public programs that have worked better than their for-profit corporate schemes.

Austerity hasn't worked overseas, it hasn't worked here.

Via AusterityNut.com

Via AusterityNut.com

Alan Grayson:

"...End the sequester."

"Washington does not normally see 300,000 people speak as one. I am your legs today, and to some extent I'm your voice, but I'm not the one who matters. What matters is that we work together... In numbers there is strength."

"...They're gonna have to listen."

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Via Wired For Change:

Now we have to make sure that everyone, including the White House, knows that the American people reject all benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.  

In an effort led by Alan Grayson, 31 members of Congress have pledged to vote against legislation that cuts Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare benefits. 

Let's make sure the White House knows we reject all benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.

If 100,000 of us sign this petition, Alan Grayson will deliver it to the White House.

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An emboldened Alan Grayson makes "the biggest comeback in history of the House"

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I've missed Alan Grayson the way John McCain misses the spotlight if he fails to make it onto a Sunday talk show.

Now that Grayson's back, I am relishing his Congressional presence and candor the way Dick Morris relishes toes. (Too far? Bygones.)

Roll Call:

Grayson said the House historian informed him the victory, a 43-point swing from his 2010 loss, was the biggest comeback in history of the House.

His lesson from the experience is to press on, full steam ahead.

Here's what he had to say about the GOP:

“They love the taste of blood. They’re consistently pro-war, consistently pro-killing foreigners. They view the entire world as either a massive inconvenience or something they feel is a personal threat. One or the other. They don’t recognize the world as full of human beings.”

Aw come on, Alan, don't hold back.

Love him or not, he's hard to ignore, he's straightforward, he certainly doesn't b.s. around. I personally admire his bluntness and feel that he makes great points in a memorable way while others are too timid, hypocritical, or beholden to their donors to take principled stands on any given issue.

Does he ever cross the line? Maaaybe, but so does pretty much everyone in politics, plus, he has a much greater track record of saying the right things at the right time.

President Obama aside, Alan Grayson and Elizabeth Warren were my biggest sighs of relief last November.

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