LAS VEGAS — In a lunch speech to Netroots Nation, Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida mocked Tea Party protesters, Glenn Beck, and Clarence Thomas, and promised another New Deal.
Grayson opened his speech sarcastically, as if he were addressing a Tea Party.
“Greetings angry protesters,” he said. “Let me see the tea bags dangling from your skulls. Let us genuflect toward Glenn Beck’s TV studio. And now a moment of silence to show our sorrow that Democrats passed health care reform for all America.”
Grayson has become a darling of progressives for making inflammatory comments about conservatives, but this has left him more vulnerable back in his home district, which is much more moderate.
“Let me tell you what every election is about,” he explained. “Every election is about 309 million Americans asking the question: ‘What are you going to do for me?’ And that’s fair. That’s what democracy all about.”
He went on to outline an agenda for “working people” that included making it easier to unionize, and guaranteed paid sick leave and paid vacation.
“We need to have paid vacation,” he declared. “Why? Because we are not slaves.”
More relevant to this election, he said that, “People want to know what the Democrats are going to do for them, and people are afraid of what Republicans are going to do to them.”
During his talk he took a jab at Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
“We promise people a workplace where they won’t have to face discrimination, unless, of course, the EEOC is being run by people like Clarence Thomas,” he said.
In closing his speech, he announced that, “What we’re promising people is a new New Deal.”