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Grayson blames shutdown on GOP literally drinking on the job
salon.com ^ | Josh Eidelson | October 01, 2013

Posted on 10/01/2013 10:45:26 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

In a Tuesday interview, Rep. Alan Grayson charged that Republican House members have been literally intoxicated while casting votes on the continuing resolutions that set the stage for today’s government shutdown. Noting “a number of public reports that you can smell alcohol on their breath as they’re voting gleefully to shut down the government and create chaos,” Grayson said that he had personally witnessed GOP colleagues smelling like alcohol. “Many of them seem loaded,” said Grayson. The Florida congressman declined to name names, saying, “it’s the usual suspects,” but that he didn’t “really feel like getting that personal with people.”

A spokesperson for Speaker John Boehner did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Politico reporter Ginger Gibson tweeted Saturday that she could “smell the booze wafting from members as they walk off the floor.”

Grayson said he thinks on-the-job alcohol consumption by GOP House members has “been a problem all year long.”

“It’s a fact we all have to live with,” Grayson told Salon, “and it’s making them violent and abusive towards America.”

Grayson also blamed today’s shutdown on Republicans’ “anarchist ideology” and “blind hatred of government,” saying they’ve become “the Captain Ahabs of 21st century American politics. Grayson had particularly harsh words for Speaker Boehner, who he said refused to allow a vote on a “clean CR” to avert a shutdown because “he enjoys his golf games with the president, and he doesn’t want to lose that perk, and so he’s desperate to maintain his relevance, and that means maintaining his position at all costs – even the kind of costs we’re seeing now for the country.” Grayson predicted that the shutdown, given its impact on veterans benefit applications, National Institutes of Health research, and Federal Drug Administration drug approvals, would lead “over time” to deaths.

The congressman said it seems President Obama “has learned from experience” about how to deal with the GOP, “and that’s what needed to happen.” But he panned the president’s decision to bring JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, whose company is reportedly in negotiations on a legal settlement of up to $11 billion, to the White House Wednesday. “I think it would be more constructive to invite in the pope, or perhaps Putin,” said Grayson.

A source told the Wall Street Journal that Dimon and other bank executives would be discussing their debt ceiling concerns.

“It’s true in general that Wall Street dictates our economic policy,” said Grayson, “but in this case neither Jamie Dimon nor anybody else from Wall Street seems to have been able to get the Republicans to understand the obvious resulting difficulties that would come from the largest debtor in the entire world suddenly defaulting on its debt.” He told Salon that “many Republicans in the House still regard the United States defaulting on its debt as a good thing, despite the fact that they’ve had one presentation after another in their own caucus from Wall Street bigwigs explaining the utter chaos” that would result.

Grayson argued that while “reasonable people can disagree” about the merits of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, Republicans are using it “as an excuse to attack the ACA as a whole.”

“When you talk to them privately,” Grayson told Salon, “what you find is that if they could repeal Medicare they would. If they could repeal Medicaid they would,” along with the requirement that emergency rooms treat patients who can’t pay for care.

“They are literally offended by the idea that people would get the care they need to stay healthy or alive even though they can’t afford it,” charged Grayson. “They regard it as some kind of crime against nature.”


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: alangrayson; florida; healthcare; johnboehner

1 posted on 10/01/2013 10:45:26 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Lighten up, Al! Have some more Jello.


2 posted on 10/01/2013 10:49:36 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The DemocRAT Pahtay! Spending our grandchildren's future, today!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

A little JD in your Slurpee really takes the edge off.


3 posted on 10/01/2013 10:50:29 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Grayson puts the capitol A in asshole


4 posted on 10/01/2013 10:52:51 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Now would he have said the same thing about Teddy “no pants” Kennedy?


5 posted on 10/01/2013 10:55:52 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Numbnuts Grayson’s still around?


6 posted on 10/01/2013 11:05:06 PM PDT by Kevin in California
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To: Kevin in California

That’s what I wondered. I thought this moron was gone? I remember the Dump moaning about it.


7 posted on 10/01/2013 11:09:40 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Grayson blames shutdown on GOP literally drinking on the job

He says that, but I hear congress needs to drink more… apparently that's what it takes for them to do the slightest modicum of their job.

8 posted on 10/01/2013 11:16:23 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Kevin in California; mrsmel

He did lose reelection in 2010. The voters of FL approved a so-called “Fair Districts” piece of legislative garbage, which forced the FL GOP legislative majority to give Democrats favorable lines, and resulted in a comeback for this odious abomination (and the loss, combined with voter fraud, of people like Allen West) in 2012. The Dems gained 3 seats as a result (and a 4th, because of a corrupt GOP incumbent). The good news is, we’ll probably get 2 of them back in 2014, but likely not Grayson’s. :-(


9 posted on 10/01/2013 11:29:51 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: OneWingedShark

I’m with you. Let’s send the sob’s a barrel at least they fight when drinking, to sorta quote Lincoln referring to Grant’s habit.


10 posted on 10/01/2013 11:30:48 PM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Thanks. Good news and bad news, but I’ll take the two seats for sure until we can rid of Grayson’s retarded azz.


11 posted on 10/01/2013 11:33:04 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Al and Ginger need to stop guzzling...one should sniff and swirl.


12 posted on 10/01/2013 11:50:30 PM PDT by Goldie Lurks (professional moonbat catcher)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
anarchist ideology

The Democrats are using the word "anarchists" regularly in reference to "Tea Party Republicans". A belief in limited government, taken to a violent, criminal extreme, well beyond libertarianism, could be viewed as anarchism. The Democrat meme is that conservatives are dangerous criminals. To the average person, this is obviously untrue. I hope the Democrats continue to use this kind of overstated terminology. They marginalize themselves.

13 posted on 10/02/2013 12:02:06 AM PDT by Kennard
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Wow that’s a lame one. I liked the other invectives the Dems came up with. So hillarious.


14 posted on 10/02/2013 12:17:51 AM PDT by RginTN
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Drink vodka. You can’t smell it. Then chase it with peppermint snops. Geez, do I have to teach those kids everything. And pot, by the way, is the best way to go. You can straiten up when you really need to be sharp.


15 posted on 10/02/2013 12:35:02 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The Democrat senate shut down the government. I wonder if he received any reports about their breath.


16 posted on 10/02/2013 12:43:04 AM PDT by 1035rep
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To: mrsmel
"That’s what I wondered. I thought this moron was gone? I remember the Dump moaning about it."

Yes he got defeated, then ran under a different district. He is in Orange county Florida.
It is my understanding the district he is in is very liberal and he will be hard to get rid of.
He is insane. . . .

17 posted on 10/02/2013 12:59:00 AM PDT by DeaconRed (I see signs the wheels are slowly but surely coming off. FUBO. . . . .)
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To: DeaconRed

Politicians really are like cockroaches.


18 posted on 10/02/2013 1:06:42 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

If it took a few snorts to do the right thing, I’ll buy the next round.


19 posted on 10/02/2013 1:15:07 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (What's the frequency, Kenneth?)
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To: mrsmel
"Politicians really are like cockroaches."

Yep most are. . . . .

20 posted on 10/02/2013 2:38:34 AM PDT by DeaconRed (I see signs the wheels are slowly but surely coming off. FUBO. . . . .)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Grayson is CERTIFIABLE.


21 posted on 10/02/2013 3:02:01 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I wondered why the Huffingtonpost mentioned the smell of alcohol on everyones breath. I wonder how they can explain these same people being sober in all their interviews and still having the same stance?


22 posted on 10/02/2013 3:22:57 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Fla. got rid of this lunatic once. We need to put forth a very concerted effort to do it again for good.


23 posted on 10/02/2013 3:48:10 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Ha ha. With Boehner as Speaker, what do you expect?

Anything that helps the GOP stiffen its spine and find its Inner Churchill is okay with me.


24 posted on 10/02/2013 3:50:12 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Tailgunner Joe.
In a Tuesday interview, Rep. Alan Grayson charged that Republican House members have been literally intoxicated while casting votes on the continuing resolutions... Noting "a number of public reports that you can smell alcohol on their breath as they’re voting gleefully to shut down the government and create chaos," Grayson said that he had personally witnessed GOP colleagues smelling like alcohol... The Florida congressman declined to name names... Politico reporter Ginger Gibson tweeted Saturday that she could "smell the booze wafting from members as they walk off the floor." ... "It’s a fact we all have to live with," Grayson told Salon, "and it’s making them violent and abusive towards America." Grayson also blamed today's shutdown on Republicans' "anarchist ideology" and "blind hatred of government,"
Partisan Media Shills / Incompetent Demagogue ping.


25 posted on 10/02/2013 3:58:40 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

:: In a Tuesday interview, Rep. Alan Grayson charged ::

Wait...what? Al’s back in Congress?


26 posted on 10/02/2013 4:52:39 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Grayson is a flake, pure and simple. Why anyone listens to anything he says is beyond me. He needs help. There’s a psychiatrist out there just waiting for the chance.


27 posted on 10/02/2013 4:52:46 AM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: Tailgunner Joe; alarm rider; stump56; bcsco; PJ-Comix; kimmie7; MissDairyGoodnessVT; ...
No mention of bourbon...yet! But, I'm thinking Senator Cruz is a Rebecca Creek kind of guy:


28 posted on 10/02/2013 4:57:24 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: 1035rep

“I wonder if he received any reports about their breath.”

Yes, it’s called “penis breath.”


29 posted on 10/02/2013 5:18:16 AM PDT by jimmyo57
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To: Tailgunner Joe
There was a time when a congressman who spoke that way about another would have been challenged to a duel, or beaten with a cane.

It's getting close to that time again.

30 posted on 10/02/2013 5:21:34 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Literally? What other kind of drinking is there?


31 posted on 10/02/2013 5:46:58 AM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"Grayson said that he had personally witnessed GOP colleagues smelling like alcohol."

Smelling like alcohol!

That's one reason why Obma and other democrats prefer pot and maybe a little blow - when they can afford it.


32 posted on 10/02/2013 6:24:22 AM PDT by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you don't need to be mystified about a motive.)
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To: Iron Munro

Went to UCF this past w/e.

Saw a sticker on a student’s car: Grayson Truth


33 posted on 10/02/2013 8:26:24 AM PDT by bicyclerepair (Idiocracy is non-fiction.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Urban Diktiobnary -

Grayson
definition: self-serving low-life scumbag


34 posted on 10/02/2013 9:44:48 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: Tailgunner Joe

They probably broke into Pelosi’s Capitol wine cellar.


35 posted on 10/02/2013 9:45:45 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Grayson just moved up a few places on my “Bat-to-the-Head” list.


36 posted on 10/02/2013 9:46:46 AM PDT by 3boysdad (The very elect.)
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