The strange case of Eric Massa

Rep. Eric Massa, D-NY, who just resigned yesterday amidst charges of sexual harassment, and who went insane on a New York radio station over the weekend, is supposed to appear on the Glenn Beck cable television show today. Some righties think this will be the end for all Democrats!

Er, maybe not so much. The Washington Post is reporting:

Former Rep. Eric Massa has been under investigation for allegations that he groped multiple male staffers working in his office, according to three sources familiar with the probe.

The allegations surrounding the New York Democrat date back at least a year, and involve “a pattern of behavior and physical harassment,” according to one source. The new claims of alleged groping contradict statements by Massa, who resigned his office on Monday after it became public that he was the subject of a House ethics committee investigation for possible harassment.

So yes, Massa described himself as a progressive, but he is also an ex-Republican from a very conservative district, so who the hell knows what makes the guy tick? Was his supposed progressivism just an act during a period of wide-spread dismay over Republican actions and policies? Don’t know.

What we do know is that, in an era of spectacular crash and burns, this one is pretty strange, and so of course Glenn Beck would try to glom on. Beck doesn’t need to worry about his credibility, because he doesn’t have any, at least among anyone remotely serious about achieving better governance.

This sorry episode would seem to highlight, with an exclamation point, the need to make sure candidates are thoroughly vetted before progressives support them. That’s easier said than done, of course, because ordinary folks aren’t in the business of running detective agencies. But you can tell a lot about people by what they do and who their supporters are, which is at least a starting point.

Yeah, all I can say is that just when you think American politics can’t get any more disgusting, seamy and ridiculous, it somehow does. It’s small wonder that regular folks, going to school, jobs and taking care of their families, often throw their hands up in disgust. The irony, of course, is that the more regular people check out, the more power is ceded to those who stand to extract even more power and money from this completely fucked up political system, awash in money and moral corruption.

Nobody walking on this earth is perfect, and demanding purity and perfection from politicians is silly. But the sorry collection of freaks, sadists, perverts, criminals and liars that have dominated headlines for the last twenty years or more, in both major parties, is a sad testament to our inability to govern ourselves. We need to kick the damn walls down and get some more halfway normal people in office. I know there are plenty of them already in office, but they seem to need some help right about now.

Just sayin’.


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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Jon, I don’t think both parties are fucked up, only one of them. Remember, this guy was a Republican before he called himself a “Democrat.” Our party has put up plenty of quality candidates like Tammy Baldwin and Darcy Burner. Sometimes the voters elect them, sometimes not — that’s up to the voters (or those who manipulate voting machines). This guy has to go — from Congress, from our party. In his case, it’s an individual thing, not an indictment of a party he barely (and only lately) belonged to.

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    Puddybud is Sad my friend died spews:

    Darcy Burner

    Yeah, so much quality she couldn’t be elected in a DUMMOCRAPTIC state.

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    Puddybud is Sad my friend died spews:

    Hey libtardos, turn the channel, it doesn’t “affect” you!

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Limbaugh Threatens To Leave U.S.

    “Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has thrown down the gauntlet. If the U.S. Congress passes health care reform, Limbaugh … told a caller that he envisions living in Costa Rica … Costa Rica, as it happens, already offers universal heath care to all of its residents.”

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: Funny! And pathetic. If he wants to live in a capitalist paradise why didn’t he pick a country where people have to pay for their own health care? If he can find one, that is — they’re getting rare. Most of the civilized world has what righties call “socialized medicine” because, you know, it works.

    I’ll tell you what, though. If Limbaugh flees to Costa Rica and continues to beam broadcasts into the U.S. to make his $35 million a year, there is no fucking way our government should let that income escape U.S. income taxes. Even if he tries to resign his U.S. citizenship, the State Department doesn’t have to accept that. Any such request should be denied. Or, if he doesn’t pay U.S. taxes, the CIA should jam his signals so he can’t reach his audience in this country. The rule should be, if you take money out of America, then you have to put money back in by paying American taxes.

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    Steve spews:

    “Hey libtardos, turn the channel, it doesn’t “affect” you!”

    Beck? Um, my friend, my conversations with you aside, I really do try my best to avoid crazy people. So anyways, Puddy, I suppose you heard Beck tell you to leave your church. You gonna comply? I mean, you guys are into social justice and democracy, aren’t you? I understand that Beck believes this would make you folks out to be commie-fascists, heh- just like me.

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    Judge Rabbit spews:

    How convenient. Massa, who voted Hell No on Obamacare last year, is pushed over the side at the very moment of another Pelosi showdown on Obamacare. Getting rid of a No voter helps Pelosi’s desperate math.

    And why did ex-“Republican” Massa from a “conservative” district vote no on the neo-socialiist salvation of health care? Word on the street is that Massa voted No because Obamacare wasn’t socialist enough. Massa wanted public option/single payer, sooner rather than later.

    The real story, the story Jon and his pet Rabbit avoid and evade, is this: not all scandal is created equal. When Republican Mark Foley sent naughty mail in 2006 there were more than 150 MSM stories about him. And Massa? Doing similar stuff? Gets noticed by Glenn Beck and now Beck’s sock-puppet poodle, Jon DeVore.

    Want proof of a double standard squared? Check yesterday’s NPR Morning Edition with Cokie. Roberts started her story with vague allusions to current Democrat scandal — didn’t even mention Van Jones or Charlie Rangel or Massa — and then outgassed at length about … Abramoff and GOP scandal in 2006. Story ended with a few pro-forma moments about the House Bank scandal of 1994.

    Although Crats wallow in a culture of corruption in the here and now, NPR & MSM are stuck on GOP.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @5 “she couldn’t be elected in a DUMMOCRAPTIC state” in a district that has never gone Democrratic. She came closer than anyone else.

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    UndercoverBrother spews:

    seems to me that he left the elephants and joined the donkeys to rat fuck in a sense.

    hope i can post that…..

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @10 “How convenient. Massa, who voted Hell No on Obamacare last year, is pushed over the side at the very moment of another Pelosi showdown on Obamacare. Getting rid of a No voter helps Pelosi’s desperate math.”

    Well, of course, I expect you to see it this way because this is exactly the cynical and Machiavellian lens through which all Republicans view the world.

    As you can’t possibly imagine what’s in the Democratic leaders’ minds, I guess I’ll have to explain it to you. For them, it’s simple. They’re getting rid of a sexual harasser.

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    Puddybud is Sad my friend died spews:

    Nancy Pelosi on health care,

    “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it away from the fog of the controversy.”

    P R I C E L E S S

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    Mark1 spews:

    I’m shocked that a HA happy Libtardo actually posted this. Never thought I’d say this, but bravo Jon for at least having slight testicular virility!

    And Rodent, have another smoke and hack up a lung; don’t bother replying with your O.C.D. mouth diarrhea. You can’t spin this one old timer.

    (Blood pressure monitor squeals loudly….)

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    Daddy Love spews:

    New news from Business Week:

    The millionaires’ club in the U.S. grew by 16 percent in 2009, following a 27 percent decline in 2008.

    Families with a net worth of at least $1 million, excluding primary residences, rose to 7.8 million in 2009, an increase from 6.7 million a year earlier, according to a survey of high- net-worth U.S. households conducted by Spectrem Group.

    And that’s why we’re taxing them here. They’re not hurting. It’s the litle guys who are hurting.

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    Puddybud is Sad my friend died spews:

    Butt Butt Butt Daddy Love, she ran against Dave Reichert, and we heard from all over the state on HA Libtardos how incompetent Dave was.

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    Mr. Cynical spews:

    I saw Massa on Glen Beck today..
    He is a few bricks short….a perfect DUMMOCRAT.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @15 Sure I can. He used to be a Republican. That explains him. It explains me, too.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @19 He probably went insane from drinking Republican kool-aid. It causes brain damage.