Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida waited just a few hours after being sworn in to go on MSNBC, a forum he used to become a national figure during a tumultuous first go-around in Congress, and declare his return.
“As Steven Tyler would say, ‘I’m back in the saddle again,’ ” Grayson smirked during the January appearance. And so he was off, ripping House Speaker John Boehner as “a weak, weak man.”
But six months later, the self-styled “congressman with guts” has managed what seems like an impossible feat of self-restraint.
Gone (largely) are the volcanic floor speeches such as one in 2009 describing the Republican health care plan as “die quickly,” and over-the-top sound bites such as referring to a female Federal Reserve adviser as a “K Street whore” or comparing former Vice President Dick Cheney to a vampire.