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Tough Progressive Congressman Alan Grayson Is Putting the Fear in Republicans

GOPers are shocked that a Democrat has the nerve to call them out on their repeated health care lies and scare tactics. Rep. Grayson says get used to it.

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While Republicans have been waging a war against reform, Democrats have been in duck-and-cover mode -- until now.

Grayson may sound a little over-the-top to some Capitol insiders.

Some of his language may unsettle even his allies.

But to Americans who this week witnessed the revolting rejection by Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee of even mild reforms like the proposed "public option," the Florida congressman's words will sound like the sanest message coming not just from his side of the aisle but from all of official Washington.

John Nichols is The Nation's Washington correspondent.

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