Representative Alan Grayson caused a stir in the House yesterday when he presented “the Republican healthcare bill.” It was quite simple: 1. Don’t get sick. 2. If you do get sick, die quickly. After his presentation, Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana chastised him for not taking the healthcare debate seriously; I can’t decide whether such criticism is more cynical or ironic. Rep. Price of Georgia filed a motion to censure Grayson for his remarks. In lieu of an apology to House Republicans, Grayson offered an apology to the families of people who have died from lack of adequate healthcare. Unfortunately, he referred to the problem as a “holocaust,” at which point, everyone on the planet, except perhaps for Ahmadinejad, winced.

Rep. Grayson’s remarks present a sort of rhetorical conundrum for Democrats. As I mentioned in my post, “The Great Debate,” everyone expects the House to be something of a sideshow where Rep. Michele Bachmann breathes crazy and Rep. Joe Wilson bites the head off of his own credibility, but then Grayson adopts a similar style to say something that’s true, if somewhat reductive, and I suddenly feel queasy. It might be due to my obviously irrational belief reason will prevail, and need not be shouted. Perhaps Rep. Grayson just lost patience and decided to speak to the opposition, in the House and elsewhere, in bolder terms. The problem is that his opponents in the House (and Senate, for that matter) are likely responding to healthcare industry money, while his opponents in the public are likely responding to fear. Either way, righteous indignation, no matter how spectacular, is not likely to win them over.

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