The keyboard, as you know, is the rhetorical sword. So the clanging you heard went like this:
To which Grayson responded:
Greta has more on her blog.
The feud started on March 12th, 2010 when Palin criticized Grayson in a speech and he responded by calling her a "wild Alaskan dingbat."
The Hill covered the story:
The [wild Alaskan dingbat] comments come in response to Palin's speech at a Republican fundraiser in his home district on Friday.
At the time, Palin had this to say:This, of course, comes from the man who became unhinged on the House floor when he told people that Republican's idea of health care reform was for sick people to "die. Die quickly." He also called a female lobbyist a K Street whore.
"[W]hat can you say about Alan Grayson? Piper is with me tonight, so I won't say anything about Alan Grayson that can't be said around children. But thank you, Florida, for allowing candidates in a contested primary to duke it out over ideas and principles and values, all with the same goal, and that is unseating those who have such a disconnect from the people of America. That's what the goal is here in this race against Alan Grayson. Please fight hard, and do this for the rest of the country. Fight hard, and send a conservative to Washington, DC."Grayson responded with a snarky email to supporters.
"I look forward to an honest debate with Governor Palin on the issues, in the unlikely event that she ever learns anything about them," he said.
The email continues: "Scientists are studying Sarah Palin's travel between Alaska and Florida carefully. They hope to learn more about the flight patterns of that elusive migratory species, the wild Alaskan dingbat.
Sarah Palin has not been shy in expressing her dislike for Congressman Grayson ever since then. And Grayson has had no problem with smacking women with whom he disagrees, even if he is just doing it rhetorically.
Was Alan Grayson ever in a mental institution? Hmmm, the Wasilla Shakespeare flexes her literary muscles again when she refers to Grayson as "troubled." But Sarah Palin is truly a better person than I am. I would have used the phrase "funny farm."