Winner and loser of the week
Winner of the week: U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson: Following the lead of Joe "You lie!" Wilson, Grayson, sadly, proved that these days it can pay to be outrageous or offensive. Nobody in America had heard of the Orlando Democrat until he went on the House floor and insisted, "the Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick." Now lefties are championing Grayson as a hero, and $150,000 has rolled into his campaign account. And no strong Republican challenger has emerged to capitalize on the backlash.
Loser(s) of the week: Chairman Matthew Carter and Katrina McMurrian. Charlie Crist bumped the two Jeb Bush-appointed commissioners off the Public Service Commission after weeks of controversy over whether the PSC is too cozy with the utilities it regulates. Interesting to note that at a time when some conservatives are souring on Crist, he ousted a Baptist minister, Carter, and appointed the owner of a bar that features pole dancing.