Who are the actual “crazy” people in American politics?
By Glenn Greenwald
My Salon colleague, Mark Benjamin, writes about last night’s Larry King Show — featuring a debate between Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson and GOP Rep. Michelle Bachmann — and does so by repeatedly branding Grayson as being every bit as “crazy” as Bachmann. Beginning with the article’s headline (“Bachmann and Grayson: A diary of crazy”) to his sarcastic description of “these two towering intellects” to his claim that Grayson and Bachmann are “the Candy Stripers of Crazy of their parties,” Benjamin denigrates Grayson’s intellect and mental health by depicting him — with virtually no cited basis — as the Democratic mirror image of Bachmann’s rabid, out-of-touch extremism. This view of Grayson has become a virtual Washington platitude, solidified by The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn’s dismissal of Grayson as “the latest incarnation of what in the American political idiom is known as a wing nut.”