Yeah, well, if you're in Congress you probably shouldn't base your speech off bumper sticker slogans.(CNN) Republicans are pouncing on a late-night House floor speech from Rep. Alan Grayson, during which the freshman Florida Democrat said the Republican health care plan calls for sick people to "die quickly."
"It's a very simple plan," Grayson said in the speech Tuesday night. "Don't get sick. That's what the Republicans have in mind. And if you get sick America, the Republican health care plan is this: die quickly."
The after-hours speech, which included prominent banners behind the congressman to reinforce his point, drew immediate calls from some Republicans for an apology.
For someone who supposedly heads the party, Steele seems remarkably aware of what is happening to it. He's got enough nutcases in his own flock to worry about without calling out some Times columnist.(CNN) Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele Wednesday beat back suggestions from some political commentators most recently from the New York Times' Tom Friedman that conservative opposition to President Obama is creating a political climate that may foreshadow attempts of violence against the commander-in-chief.
"Where do these nut jobs come from? Come on, stop this," Steele told CNN's John Roberts on American Morning in direct response to a quote from Friedman's column Wednesday equating the current political environment to that which occurred ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination in 1995.
"To make those equations, examples and put that out there that way, to me is just crazy and yeah, I'm sorry, but if you're going to approach this discussion, approach it from a rational position," Steele continued.
Such is the level of discourse among our elected officials nowadays.