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Rep. Grayson's 'Taliban' Dan Webster Ad Panned For Audio Edits


Florida Rep. Alan Grayson's campaign commercial comparing Republican opponent Dan Webster to the Taliban hasn't gone over very well. It turns out that the meat of Grayson's commercial, Webster's "comments" that women should "submit" to their husbands, was taken out of context. Will this seal the Democrat's electoral fate?

Turns out Webster wasn't telling wives to "submit" in the speech; he was actually urging men to stop using the Bible to justify their beliefs. "I have a verse for my wife; I have verses for my wife," said Webster.

"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."

The Orlando Sentinel has blasted Grayson's commercial, and wrote, "By twisting Webster's words, Grayson risks eroding some of the support he may have won from independent voters."

Clearly hoping to capitalize on the anger, the Webster campaign distributed a quote from the candidate's wife, Sandy, who called the Taliban ad "shameful."

"Mr. Grayson seems to have a problem telling the truth and no problem misleading the public," she said. "Dan has been an amazing husband and father, and the finest man I have ever known. Mr. Grayson should be ashamed of his nasty smears against my husband."

But is it truly a smear, or just an example of political expediency aimed at the heart of Webster's politics?

Grayson campaign manager Susannah Randolph defended the 30-second commercial by explaining that Webster was "speaking at a group that teaches that women should be submissive to men." Quite right: the audio comes from Webster's appearance at the Institute in Basic Life Principles, whose founder, Bill Gothard, doesn't believe women should work outside the home. Webster in 1990 spent over $4,000 on fliers for the group.

Randolph breaks it down, "[Webster's] always pushed an agenda that is anti-woman."

The entire thing reminds one of how conservative activist Andrew Breitbart edited audio to make it sound like former Agricultural Department official Shirley Sherrod had a racial bias. Whether Grayson can escape from this scandal unscathed will be decided in November.

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  1. Taking things out of context is Fox News' style. The Grayson campaign appears, based on this tidbit, to be no better. That was a very, very stupid thing to do.

    Posted by: Brian | Sep 28, 2010 11:29:26 AM

  2. Agree it wasn't the smartest thing to do, however the republicans and FoxNews do this type of thing H-O-U-R-L-Y. And to answer the question in the article... I believe this was "an example of political expediency aimed at the heart of Webster's politics." You only have 15 or 30 seconds so you have to go for the jugular. Grayson at least has the balls to fight fire with fire. I certainly hope he wins! I'm tired of Democrats rolling over to the wingnuts.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 28, 2010 11:50:06 AM

  3. Using the Republican playbook = AWESOME. You can take the high road if your destination is FAIL. If you wanna win, sometimes you gotta play dirty. I wish more Democrats had the balls Grayson does.

    Posted by: JSH | Sep 28, 2010 11:57:25 AM

  4. I said yesterday that this ad could come back to hurt him. I didn't expect to be proved right so quickly.

    Posted by: Yet Another Mike | Sep 28, 2010 12:06:53 PM

  5. "But is it truly a smear, or just an example of political expediency aimed at the heart of Webster's politics?"

    Sorry, are we supposed to care?

    Either way it's unprincipled, idiotic, and shameful. He couldn't find a clip of the candidate shooting himself in the foot, so he manufactured one? Jesus, what a gift...

    Posted by: MammaBear | Sep 28, 2010 12:20:31 PM

  6. Actually, Grayson's poll numbers look quite good compared to the goody-goody Democrats in the neighboring districts. Probably because he's using tactics straight out of the GOP playbook. The Republicans, if you haven't noticed, are actually very skilled at winning elections.

    Posted by: John | Sep 28, 2010 12:34:33 PM

  7. I'm with MAMMABEAR on this one. Bad juju for Grayson.

    Posted by: David R. | Sep 28, 2010 12:49:05 PM

  8. You can be a badass without playing dirty.

    Posted by: David R. | Sep 28, 2010 12:49:51 PM

  9. Grayson's poll numbers don't reflect this most recent revelation. Let's see what happens after Webster takes advantage of the huge gift that Grayson just gave him. The next poll will tell the story.

    Posted by: Yet Another Mike | Sep 28, 2010 1:03:48 PM

  10. The ambulance-chasing scumbag who sends promotional videos out at taxpayers' expense has finally gone too far.

    Grayson is going down. And not in the good way.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Sep 28, 2010 1:52:06 PM

  11. Naw, this was fine, and will ultimately be vindicated by his reelection. The biggest enemies of progressive democratic candidates are democrats themselves. Webster's a dominionist christian freakshow.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 28, 2010 2:03:14 PM

  12. I'm sure Grayson's people can find plenty of other, more accurate quotes that make Webster look scary and out of touch.

    Posted by: DH | Sep 28, 2010 2:12:03 PM

  13. All he's doing is throwing their sh!t back at them.

    Posted by: chasmader | Sep 28, 2010 2:37:12 PM

  14. Grayson's just telling it like it is:,-he-did!

    I hope his electoral fate—that of being re-elected—*is* sealed.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Sep 28, 2010 4:40:20 PM

  15. It's rare, but he could get sued and lose in this case. It would be a drop-dead easy defamation case outside of an election.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 28, 2010 5:31:36 PM

  16. @MATTHEW RETTENMUND... so even isn't alway right.

    Posted by: RJ | Sep 28, 2010 9:14:43 PM

  17. Quit the crap, Repubs have been playing dirty since, well since Woodrow Wilson was president. Taking the high road has gotten Obama nowhere. It's time to fight fire with fire. Dan Webster is a woman hating, gay hating, racist bigot, so what if Grayson had to borrow FOX Spews playbook. Grayson is our man in Orlando and he is going to win, and he loves the gays.

    Posted by: Milan | Sep 29, 2010 9:28:40 AM

  18. In an attack ad labeling his opponent " Taliban Dan" Webster, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson uses Webster's own words to prove the Republican thinks wives should be subservient to their husbands.

    One problem: The Grayson campaign edited the original video, chopping it up and taking Webster's words out of context. Webster actually was advising husbands to bypass those particular Bible passages, according a longer video clip released Monday by Webster's campaign.

    Posted by: dịch vụ seo | Oct 18, 2011 9:24:30 PM

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