Ousted Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, one of the most outspoken, liberal members of the House, said Thursday that Tuesday's election was a "national disaster" and a repudiation of the Democrats' "strategy of appeasement."
In his first interview since losing his seat, Grayson upended conventional wisdom about his party’s 60-seat loss in the House, saying that if Democrats had been more progressive in their policies, Democratic voters would have gone to the polls.
"Our strategy for two years has been appeasement, and look where it got us," Grayson said on MSNBC. "I think Democrats want to see a fighting leadership, they want to see a fighting president — somebody who actually accomplishes good things for constituents." As examples of what Democrats should have focused on, Grayson listed the Employee Free Choice Act, immigration reform, civil rights and women's rights.
I would add health care from that had a public option but no 40% excise tax on employer-provided health care plans, education policy that doesn't demonize teachers and promote public school privatization and standardized testing in every grade in every subject, and financial reform that actually had teeth.
Oh, and holding bankers and hedge fund criminals like Whitney Tilson accountable for the economic mess and fraudclosure.
Instead Obama seems to think teachers caused all the problems.