With all due respect

I think I heard this phrase finally lose the last shred of its meaning this morning on NPR.  Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL):

“The Republican Party has been in many respects, with all due respect, the party of racism in this country, going back to the time of Nixon.”

6 thoughts on “With all due respect

  1. byesac says:

    With all due respect, Sen. Grayson and those who believe his bullshit should be shot.

  2. byesac says:

    I see what you mean, though. If you believe that the Republican party is the party of racism, why would you respect it?

  3. NDE says:

    Yes, and the second appearance of “respect” in the sentence further muddies the waters, though — though logically there’s no problem: the phrase here only implies (as I see byesac already noted) that Grayson believes the GOP is not due even the modicum of respect that it would take not to call it the “party of racism”,

  4. byesac says:

    Reblogged this on Math and Politics and commented:
    I reacted strongly to this post and what Sen. Grayson said. But I actually think that this post is kind of funny. I mean, when I say that the Democrat Party is the party of baby killers, I don’t mean the Democrat Party any respect. Do I really believe this about the Democrat Party? Maybe, maybe not. But I am not a U.S. Senator either.

    Another way to interpret this post is that merely accusing the Republican Party of institutional racism is disrespectful. Thus, Sen. Grayson’s “with all due respect” utterance is a load of you know what.

    In either case, I enjoyed this short post from Quomodocumque.

  5. Dear byesac,

    Alan Grayson is not a senator, he is a member of the house of reps. And he has seldom let “due respect” stand in the way of voicing his opinion about the GOP.

    Regards,

    Matthew

  6. byesac says:

    Oh, I guess I gave away my ignorance of who Alan Grayson is. Did I miss the point of the post, though?

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