Interview: Alan Grayson

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Byline: Lloyd Grove

The liberal firebrand ex-congressman from Disney World, defeated in 2010 after one term, is running for a new House seat representing Orlando.

You know what Washington's like. Why do you want to go back? I'd be down on the floor every day calling them out for the crazy stuff they do that nobody ever finds out about because they're not witnesses to it.

What do you make of the so-called supercommittee's failure to do its job? I'm not sure that they should do their job. I don't like their job. Their job is to cut Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid. I'm sorry, it's just a farce. The real two-party system in America is the Meanies and the Weenies. The Meanies want to take away your benefits, and the Weenies want to compromise with them.

Why isn't the leadership of your party focusing on these problems? You'd have to ask them. I'd love to see them solve some problems. Show me a problem that they've solved. But I'm really not interested in demoralizing my own supporters.

Are you heartened that President Obama has started to articulate that message? …