Another SOTU, Another Republican Implosion

29 Jan

It’s becoming an annual tradition: President Obama delivers his state of the union speech, and some Republican or other implodes on camera. Usually it occurs during the delivery of the Republican response. You know, Marco Rubio clumsily grabbing for his water bottle, or Bobby Jindal–the previous Republican wunderkind, remember?!–giving an awful speech that was painful to watch. I’m not saying that one of this year’s responders didn’t have their awkward TV moment, but there were just so many responses to keep track of this year. Who knows what happened in them, since nobody was watching.

No, I’m talking about Michael Grimm, Republican congressman from the state of New York. Following last night’s SOTU speech, Grimm went on NY1 TV for a brief interview. After eliciting a few comments about the speech–it was “divisive,” don’t you know–the reporter, Michael Scotto, had the audacity to ask the congressman about the ongoing federal investigation of his 2010 campaign fundraising. Rep. Grimm didn’t like that, not at all. His response?

“I’m not speaking to you off-topic, this is only about the president,” said Grimm, before walking off camera.

“So Congressman Michael Grimm does not want to talk about some of the allegations concerning his campaign finances,” Scotto said before tossing back to the station. But as the camera continued to roll, Grimm walked back up to Scotto and began speaking to him in a low voice.

“What?” Scotto responded. “I just wanted to ask you…”

Grimm: “Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f—–g balcony.”

Scotto: “Why? I just wanted to ask you…”

[[cross talk]]

Grimm: “If you ever do that to me again…”

Scotto: “Why? Why? It’s a valid question.”

[[cross talk]]

Grimm: “No, no, you’re not man enough, you’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”

It kinda makes you wonder if he has previously broken boys in half, doesn’t it?

After the incident–and after Grimm realized that maybe he shouldn’t be physically threatening television reporters while their cameramen are recording the threat–Grimm issued the following statement:

I was extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests. The reporter knew that I was in a hurry and was only there to comment on the State of the Union, but insisted on taking a disrespectful and cheap shot at the end of the interview, because I did not have time to speak off-topic. I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off, because I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect, especially when I go out of my way to do that reporter a favor. I doubt that I am the first Member of Congress to tell off a reporter, and I am sure I won’t be the last.

Rep. Grimm expects “a certain level of professionalism and respect?” One might say the same about our congressmen.

P.S. As soon as Cluster reads this post, he’ll no doubt start scouring the Internets looking for a similar incident involving a Democrat. It could be from the twentieth century, or the nineteenth century, or colonial times. I’m sure I speak for all of us in saying that I can hardly wait to see what he comes up with.


Posted by on January 29, 2014 in Current Events, Politics, The Freak Show


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13 responses to “Another SOTU, Another Republican Implosion

  1. Cluster

    January 29, 2014 at 9:08 am

    P.S. As soon as Cluster reads this post,

    LOL. Interesting that the first thing you think of after writing an article is how I will respond. Good to know that I live rent free in your head. You guys wouldn’t know what to do without me.

    And for the record, I didn’t know reaching for a bottle of water was “imploding” on air, but then again, you guys always surprise me with how your minds work. Criticizing Bobby Jindal is racist, isn’t it? At least, that’s how a liberal would frame it, and I always love seeing a pissant liberal taken to task, especially a reporter.

  2. watsonthethird

    January 29, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Leave it to Cluster to infer racism no matter the subject.

  3. watsonthethird

    January 29, 2014 at 10:32 am

    The Washington Post asked congressmen for a one-word description of the SOTU speech. No one said “racist,” but then they didn’t get around to asking Cluster.

    • Cluster

      January 29, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Thank you for proving once again your lack of a sense of humor

      • watsonthethird

        January 29, 2014 at 12:18 pm

        Cluster, I think the problem is, no one can tell the difference between your “humor” and your strongly held political opinions. But here’s a hint: Use a smily or something when you actually intend to be funny, as opposed to those cases in which you are funny by accident.

      • Cluster

        January 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm

        You couldn’t tell that this was being sarcastic?

        Criticizing Bobby Jindal is racist, isn’t it?

      • mitchethekid

        January 29, 2014 at 2:59 pm

        Either an emoticon or a photograph! ha HA ha. Speaking of humor, did any of you catch the Republicans open mike night last night after the glorious SOTU speech? If you did, who do you think won? I’m favoring the Betty Bowers impersonator. She had it down. Down to the last detail. The hair. And the hair doesn’t lie! It’s a window to the soul. Unless you’re a wig wearer like SP. Then it’s a redaction. ha HA ha.
        I crack myself up.

  4. Marner

    January 29, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Fox News was so eager to slam Obama, they had to bring someone on to just flat out lie about the speech.

    • Cluster

      January 29, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      I just don’t know why you care so much about what people say. It’s kind of weird. Hell I could spend all day here being outraged about what is said on MSNBC, but at the end of the day, who gives a fuck what some pundit thinks? Chris Matthews and Joy Reid alone could keep me busy, but again, I don’t care what people think or say, I care about results which obviously don’t matter to progressives. Last night Obama said those who work full time don’t deserve to live in poverty (which I agree with) but his prescription to raise the minimum wage to $10/hr will do nothing. NOTHING. $10/hr will not lift anyone out of poverty. Labor is a commodity and has a value and you can not arbitrarily assign a value to it. But that is a deeper conversation for another day.

      • Marner

        January 29, 2014 at 6:31 pm

        I just don’t know why you care so much about what people say. It’s kind of weird.

        This from someone who just brought up something Harry Reid said 10 years ago?

      • Cluster

        January 29, 2014 at 6:33 pm

        To spotlight another posters obsession with GOP disrespect. Simply done to expose hypocrisy.

      • mitchethekid

        January 30, 2014 at 7:31 am

        Marx said the exact same thing about labor.
        So if labor is a commodity, then why do conservatives consistently strive to devalue it?

      • Cluster

        January 30, 2014 at 10:03 am

        Opposing a raise in minimum wage is not at all devaluing labor. It’s simply a recognition that that prescription has nothing to do with the issue at hand. Most workers do make more than $10/hr, as do most federally contracted employees held up as the example by Obama. But this is like saving the Titanic by rearranging the deck chairs.

        Government does not create jobs. Government creates the environment that is either conducive, or non conducive to sustainable job creation. All government jobs are paid for by tax dollars received by either an expanding or contracting private sector, and right now, that private sector is stagnant at best. Sure, there are some retail and service jobs that come and go, but that does not lift people out of property or expand a middle class. $10/hr will not expand a middle class. We need to find a new economic platform that will create sustainable jobs, pay good wages, lift people out of poverty, and grow the economy. And that platform is energy and we are seeing the results of it in North Dakota and Texas. We need to expand that nationwide.

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