Exceptionally rude Dem Congressman gets praised by the ‘paragon of civility’

The Politico reports:

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) is drawing criticism from his congressional colleagues, but President Obama offered him some warm words at a Miami fundraiser for the Democratic congressional campaign committees last night.

Obama, in introducing the members of Congress in attendance, called Grayson – along with Florida Reps. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Kendrick Meek – as “outstanding members of Congress.”

Obama may regret his praise of Grayson, who is now drawing fire from members in both parties for referring to Linda Robertson, the adviser to Obama’s Fed Chief Ben Bernanke as a “K Street whore” in a radio interview last month. And he’s received national attention for equating GOP opposition to the Democrats’ health care plan to wanting sick seniors to “die quickly.”

This isn’t the first time the White House political operation has given an assist to Grayson’s re-election prospects. He was the first freshman Democrat in the House to receive political help from Vice President Joe Biden, who came down to Orlando to headline a fundraiser for him in August.

Read this early October post from Michelle Malkin for more on how “outstanding” Grayson has been over the last year (the WSJ blog has more here). She wonders in her current post on the issue:

So, either Obama is inexplicably clueless or he really does give Alan Grayson’s potty mouth two thumbs up.

I vote for clueless.

Grayson, BTW, has issued an “apology” for the “K-Street whore” remarks.

Tuesday Open Thread


Fall foliage - Japan

Kegon Falls at the outlet of Lake Chuzenji in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture (state), Japan, is seen in the middle of the autumn colors Friday, Oct. 16, 2009.
(AP Photo/Kyodo News, Akiko Matsushita)

Latest cable news ratings: Bad news for CNN, great news for Fox

CNN hits last place – yes, even behind the icky MSDNC.

And for Fox News? A major jump since the WH started attacking them (via Newsbusters):

Gee, do you think Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch love being The White House’s least-favorite news channel? Duh, of course they do.

Here’s a chart comparing network ratings from the period 9/28/2009-10/11/09, which is when Anita Dunn slammed the network, and the two weeks after that (“post feud”). The numbers on the bottom right of this chart show the sequential gain for all demos (+9%( and the 25-54 year old demo (+14%).

That +9% is for overall audience, and the 25-54 y/o demographic is the one that all cable media outlets salivate over.

Keep it up, Obama/Gibbs and co. :D

In other ratings news – this time of the political variety, Vice President Biden is enjoying rising unfavorability ratings right now. His favorability rating stands now at 42% according to Gallup (unfavorable at 40%), a favorability rating which, when averaged out over the year stands at 45%, which Byron York points out is much lower than former VP “Darth” Cheney’s average favorability rating (65%) during his first year in office, and lower than Gore’s average his first year (55%).

Last but not least, Doug Hoffman, the conservative Republican in the NY-23 special election this year, is now polling slightly ahead of liberal Republican Dede Scozzafava – who is supported by many establishment Republicans, including the NRCC – and liberal Democrat Bill Owens going into the final week before voters go to the polls. Can Hoffman pull off the upset? To find out more about him, click here. If you like what you see, make sure to donate to his campaign.