Jillian Bandes

A new poll shows Florida Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson 7 points behind Republican challenger Dan Webster. This development warrants a little review of Grayson's, uh, colorful history.

Last September, Grayson said that the Republican health care plan was for people to “die quickly.” In April, he barged into a Florida Perkins restaurant, uninvited, where a group of conservative activists were organizing against ObamaCare. There, he yelled at the activists to “take a walk” while waving his hands aggressively in their direction.

A campaign advertisement at the end of August features children chanting, children-of-the-corn-style, that “Alan Grayson saved our schools,” an ad that went down in the record books as one of the creepiest political spots ever.

Grayson’s advertisement just yesterday characterizes Webster as a member of the Taliban. That’s right: a devoutly-Christian, 62-year-old father of six has suddenly donned a turban and started carrying out brazen acts of terrorism.

Why? Because Webster once gave a speech on how Bible passages help guide his life. That’s right. At a men’s Christian gathering, Webster told a group of believers that certain Bible passages allow him to connect his marriage with God, which in Grayson’s world, means that Webster is a terrorist.

According to the advertisement, “Taliban Dan” Webster is trying to take away Americans' freedoms, because "extremist" religious followers like Webster -- just like extremist Islamic followers in Afghanistan -- want to grab away Floridians' freedom. Specifically, Grayson attacked Webster's mention of the Bible’s directive that women submit to their husbands. Webster specifically told the men not to follow that specific passage.

“Don't pick the ones that say, ‘she should submit to me,’” said Webster, at the time. “That's in the Bible, but pick ones that you're supposed to do. “

It’s the kind of message which you can only misconstrue if you are Alan Grayson, who's ad only contains the following words from Webster’s mouth: “…wives submit yourself to your own husband.”

This advertisement may not have been so problematic if Alan Grayson’s advertisement was directed at, say, himself. This is a guy who went on Bill Maher’s late-night cable show and said that President Obama was turning the other cheek on health care “like any good Muslim,” –- clearly a joke, but one that nonetheless illustrates the lengths to which this charlatan will go to make himself noticed. Daniel Webster, on the other hand, goes to great lengths not to get himself noticed. He’s a pretty quiet guy. His statement rebutting Grayson’s egregiously mis-construed quote was straightforward:


Jillian Bandes

Jillian Bandes is the National Political Reporter for Townhall.com