This is a tale in which we learn that becoming a folk hero for the online left, under the guidance of former MyDD scribe Matt Stoller, does not necessarily endear one to a center-right district that went Democrat for the first time in 25 years in 2008.
In Alan Grayson's latest ad, he distorts video of his Republican opponent talking to a gathering of religious conservatives to make it appear as if he's unequivocally endorsing the scripture, "wives submit to your husbands," dubbing him "Taliban Dan."
"Grayson has lowered the bar even further. He's using edited video to make his rival appear to be saying the opposite of what he really said," the nonpartisan site, sponsored by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, wrote on its blog Monday.
"Grayson manipulates a video clip to make it appear Webster was commanding wives to submit to their husbands, quoting a passage in the Bible. Four times, the ad shows Webster saying wives should submit to their husbands," the site points out. "In fact, Webster was cautioning husbands to avoid taking that passage as their own. The unedited quote is: 'Don't pick the ones [Bible verses] that say, 'She should submit to me.'"
This is the ad, which Camp Grayson defends as A-okay because Webster is, like, a Republican, you know?
"Find a verse. I have a verse for my wife; I have verses for my wife. Don't pick the ones that say, um, she should submit to me. That's in the Bible, but pick the ones that you're supposed to do. So instead, love your wife, even as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it, as opposed to wives submit yourself to your own husband. She can pray that if she wants to, but don't you pray it."
Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) tried to establish rules of civil discourse at his town hall meetings this summer. Busloads of out-of-town protesters showed up to the first one, but staff members admitted only his constituents. At the second, he wanted to focus on health-care reform, but residents kept questioning his authority to legislate. Grayson quoted the Constitution, while shouted interruptions drew cheers and applause...
Back in Washington, he took to the House floor and denounced his colleagues across the aisle. "If you get sick, America, the Republican health-care plan is this: Die quickly." A Harvard graduate with a soft voice, he had decided to fight invective with invective.
Perhaps an editor's note is in order stipulating that the Post's former prince of civility has produced the nastiest, most dishonest ad of 2010. It's remarkable and sad how far the radical Tea Partiers have been able to push this "Harvard graduate with a soft voice," isn't it?The near-universal condemnation of the ad and national media coverage has given Webster, who was behind in fundraising, an opportunity. Bring on the wave.