OK. I've been driving the pick-up to work and back, and it doesn't have a radio, so I haven't heard much news or commentary lately. I've been busy doing other things lately, so I haven't been reading blogs, other than Lone Ranger's and Trader Rick's (They both usually compose fairly short pieces and don't take much time to read. Besides, they're usually funny) The preceding post here at Casting Pearls was written after reading an article in the local Fredericksburg, VA newspaper that I found in the lunch room where I work.
So, it was few days after the news came out about Democratic Congressman Eric Massa's scandal provoked resignation from the House of Representatives that I finally heard about it, and then it was only second hand news gleaned from commentators Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkin.
Glenn and Michelle, I gathered, had somewhat of a disagreement over Massa's credibility.
From what I understand, Beck provided Massa a bully pulpit from which he proceeded to eviscerate Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Nancy Pelosi and other fellow Democrats over Obama's Health care scam, along with accusations of being forced out of office by Obama and Emanuel's Chicago style thug tactics.
I may not have that completely correct, but that is how I understand the details I've heard so far.
I traveled over to Michelle Malkin's place today to search for her article on the subject and found these words, among others:
Don’t trust Democrat Rep. Eric Massa any further than you can throw him.
He’s been a progressive zealot and political opportunist his entire career. He’s claimed conspiracy before, is intimately bonded with the nutroots, and climbed the political ladder with backing from the odious, anti-war-hoaxer-embracing Gen. Wesley Clark. What Massa dismissively calls his “salty old sailor” talk should raise bright red flags about possible longstanding predatory behavior.
Creep factor: 10...
...He’s a sick, desperate pol looking to save his hide and distract from his smelly ethics problems and personal problems. This is not a hero, not a bona fide champion of reform and integrity in government. He’s the jerk who gave the figurative middle finger to his own constituents as he proclaimed last year that he would ram single-payer down their throats no matter what they thought
Usually, I like and agree with whatever Michelle Malkin writes, but this time, I think there are some points she has failed to consider:
Point number 1. How often do the Democrats resign, or force other Democrats to resign because of some sex scandal? For that matter, any kind of scandal?
We know Republicans will resign at the mere suggestion of impropriety or malfeasance in office, whether any actually exists or not.
But Democrats? This is the first time I've heard of a Democrat Congressman going down so easily without a fight.
Look at Barney Frank as your first, but hardly last example. He's the poster boy for sexual scandals and he's still serving (I use the word "serving" for lack of a more appropriate word). Look at William Jefferson. Look at Edward Kennedy. Look at Charlie Rangel.
Keep looking. Scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal in the Democratic party. And yet, again and again they stay there and continue serving.
I can only think of one Republican lawmaker (Larry Craig) at this writing who refused to resign after being accused of a scandal.
The term, "Sex scandal" and the title, "Democrat" has been nearly synonymous in this age of the Kennedy dynasty.
So why is a sex scandal enough to force Massa to resign, unless there is an ulterior motive? Why is Eric Massa suddenly singled out for membership in the Congressional Hall of Shame?
May I offer my opinion?
I tend to think this time, and possibly, for the first time in his life, he's telling the truth. He was forced to resign to make room for a Democrat Congressperson who will support Obama's health care scam.
Let's examine his motives, both before and after the so-called scandal, shall we?
As Ms. Malkin accurately points out, Massa has been the consummate Liberal Democrat throughout his years in the House.
What did she say?
Oh, yes, here it is:
"He’s been a progressive zealot and political opportunist his entire career. He’s claimed conspiracy before, is intimately bonded with the nutroots, and climbed the political ladder with backing from the odious, anti-war-hoaxer-embracing Gen. Wesley Clark."
Yep. Yep. Yep. And yep.
What were his motives then?
Getting elected and re-elected. Pandering to his Liberal base. Ingratiating himself and endearing himself to his better known, more powerful peers in the Democratic party. Doing what is expected from Liberal Democrats. Mounting successful campaigns, as determined by his Liberal constituency in focus groups and polls.
In short, doing and saying whatever he believes is necessary to appease his constituency.
But, suddenly, Massa is revealed to have "groped" a male staffer, and subsequently resigns---on the heels of his announcement that (gasp)he will not back Obama's health care scam.
Heh, heh, heh.
Again, let's look at what else Michelle had to say about this rather curious turn of unfortunate events:
"Look, I’m as happy as anyone to see Rahmbo and the Chicago Way slammed so openly by another Democrat. Naked shower fights? Blue-on-blue catfights?Yep again.
Yep, it confirms everything I’ve been writing about the Obama Culture of Corruption the last two years."
Michelle believes what Massa said about underhanded Chicago style thug tactics. She has to. She's been "writing about the Obama culture of Corruption the last two years".
Then she writes, "He’s (Massa)a sick, desperate pol looking to save his hide and distract from his smelly ethics problems and personal problems."
Yep again, and this leads us to point number 2:
Uh, no, Michelle. He isn't. He is an ex pol who no longer has a motive to lie. He is no longer a Congressman. Now, he can feel free to be truthful.
He has nothing left to lose.
He's already lost his hide. His smelly ethics problems and personal problems are already well known and documented.
Now, as I see it, his only motive is to take down those who ruined his career with him.
He did simply what he has been doing throughout his political career: Listening and pandering to his base.
Except, this time, his base expressed their displeasure with Obama's ambitious plans to enslave every American with the heaviest tax burden in history.
This time, Eric Massa decided to vote the way his constituents wanted.
And he was disgraced and humiliated by his own party for his efforts.
Yes, Michelle, don't trust him. But, don't dismiss him, either.