23:23 “I’ve had union leaders tell me point blank ‘we are not going to contribute to your campaign unless you vote for this health care bill.’ Is that, or is that not a bribe?” 23:32
25:47 “I was set up for this from the very very beginning. If you think that somehow they didn’t come after me to get rid of me because my vote is the deciding vote on the health care bill – then ladies and gentleman, you live in a world that is so innocent, as not to understand what is going on in Washington, DC.”26:00 “The leadership of the Democratic Party have become exactly what they said they were running against.” 26:07
26:16 “The entire nation has said, ‘let’s rewrite the health care bill. Let’s find what we can agree on.’ ‘No, no, no, we’re gonna ram this down the throats of the American people and anyone who stands in the way of doing that is gonna be smeared and they’re going to be kicked out of Congress, and we’re gonna have people like Steny Hoyer lying in the press.’”20:33
69:49 “If they ram this health care bill through which apparently they’re going to do now, because I’m not going to be there to vote against it, then it’s going to rip this country to pieces” 69:54
Arrogance!, Incompetence!, Corruption!
Another breakthrough today. Eric Massa spoke. What Massa said we will discuss today. Eric Massa was not what our Part II was going to be about. We’ll post a Part III another day, in order to discuss Eric Massa today.
In an update to our last post (Arrogance! Incompetence! Corruption!: Election 2006 And Dimocrat Obama’s Culture Of Corruption Election 2010, Part I) we wrote:
Regarding David Paterson and Eric Massa, we are not excusing the conduct of either of them. However, as we wrote before about David Paterson, these are Obama thug drive-by shootings. Paterson and Eric Massa both fit into the pattern of Obama using sex related stories to destroy opponents (such as Blair Hull).
Let’s expand on that right-on-target update with three points. First of all, Rahm Emanuel – this is what Chicago Corruption Crime expert John Kass has written:
When the president installed Rahm as his chief of staff, the Washington media were turgid with respect, praising Rahm as a shrewd political alley fighter, a maestro of profanity, a former ballet dancer tough enough to send a dead fish to an enemy, just like a Hollywood gangster.
Naturally, the national media marveled that Obama selected a Clinton guy, Emanuel, to run things.
But Rahm is no Clinton guy. He’s a Daley guy.
Rahm Emanuel is a Daley guy. Second, Eric Massa. In our update we linked to a story discussing Eric Massa’s purported history of sexual interest in men. The history extends into Massa’s Navy days. The writer of the Eric Massa history, a confessed enemy of Massa, states he knew of allegations regarding Massa’s alleged attraction to men over three years ago. The Dimocratic House leadership acknowledges they were aware of “rumors” about Massa “for weeks” at the very least. More likely, whatever “rumors” about Massa existed were discovered during the vetting for his first run for congress.
Rahm Emanuel was in charge of the DCCC in 2006 when Eric Massa first ran for congress and Emanuel is not known to assist congressional first time candidates without thorough vetting. Whatever rumors about Massa existed in 2006, Rahm Emanuel knew them all before authorizing a single dollar to Eric Massa’s campaign (Massa was a special “Red to Blue” DCCC special candidate in 2006).
Today all of this exploded.
While Barack Obama ran off to stage another of his closed door publicity stunts (protests are planned) to ram through his health scam which transfers wealth from taxpayers to Big Insurance and Big Pharma Obama pals, the bad news took center stage. Previous “yes” votes on the Obama health scam are now “NO” votes. And Eric Massa spoke. Eric Massa became a whistle blower.
Eric Massa is a “NO” vote on Obama’s health scam. Getting rid of Eric Massa will likely mean a Republican will win his congressional district in the next election. But for now getting rid of Eric Massa will mean that only 216 votes will be needed to pass Obama’s health scam and not 218. The determinative vote in the House will be so close that getting rid of Eric Massa (a single payer health care supporter) might get Obama’s health scam passed. Eric Massa had to go. The Obama thugs set to work on Massa like they have done in many elections (read all about Axelrod and the long history of Obama using sex to destroy Obama opponents HERE).
Some Eric Massa quotes:
“Mine is now the deciding vote on the health care bill,” Massa, who on Friday announced his intention to resign, said during a long monologue on radio station WKPQ. “And this administration and this House leadership have said, quote-unquote, they will stop at nothing to pass this health care bill. And now they’ve gotten rid of me, and it will pass. You connect the dots.”
Massa, who voted against health care reform in November, accused Democratic leaders of driving him out of office in the cause of passing health care reform. “With the departure of Congressman Neil Abercrombie (D), who is running for the governorship of Hawaii, and with the tragic and very sad passing of my personal friend Jack Murtha (D-Pa.), mine is now the deciding vote on the health care bill and this administration and this House leadership have said, quote-unquote, they will stop at nothing to pass this health care bill. And now they’ve gotten rid of me and it will pass. You connect the dots.”
The comment that landed Massa in hot water, he claimed, was a sexual proposition he made in jest at a table full of drunken male staffers at a wedding reception on New Year’s Eve. He also said that the complainant was not the man he allegedly harassed, but an offended third party who witnessed the incident.
According to Eric Massa, “his chief of staff informed him in early February” of the charges filed against him. Early February, but only with every single vote a make or break vote, is the push on to get rid of Massa. Indeed, the “rumors” about Eric Massa were circulating “for months” but only now is there action.
Again, we do not defend Massa’s actions (or David Paterson’s actions). Eric Massa should stay in the House, not resign, and fight it out. But, if any of the allegations against him are true in any way, it would come out in an investigation by the House. Eric Massa has a lose/lose situation before him: stay and fight and be destroyed personally or quit and be called a “drama queen” (this “drama queen” anti-gay slur appears to be how the Dimocrats and stupid Republicans will respond to the latest Obama Drama because it avoids substantive responses and because “she’s crazy” or “he’s crazy” is what Obama thugs usually say).
More from Massa, this about Rahm Emanuel:
Massa voted against health care legislation in Nov., and he has not been a reliable vote for Dem leadership. That, he said, has put a target on his back.
“When I voted against the cap and trade bill, the phone rang and it was the chief of staff to the president of the United States of America, Rahm Emanuel, and he started swearing at me in terms and words that I hadn’t heard since that crossing the line ceremony on the USS New Jersey in 1983,” Massa said. “And I gave it right back to him, in terms and words that I know are physically impossible.”
“If Rahm Emanuel wants to come after me, maybe he ought to hold himself to the same standards I’m holding myself to and he should resign,” Massa said.
“Rahm Emanuel is son of the devil’s spawn, Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) said. “He is an individual who would sell his mother to get a vote. He would strap his children to the front end of a steam locomotive.”
Rep. Massa describes a confrontation with Emanuel in a shower: “I am showering, naked as a jaybird, and here comes Rahm Emanuel, not even with a towel wrapped around his tush, poking his finger in my chest, yelling at me.”
It all sounds like an episode from the Sopranos or low grade Godfather dialogue. Corruption! describes it best. Desperation is the reason for the thug tactics:
“There is not a single member of the Democratic freshman class whi (sic) is going to vote against this health care bill now that they’ve got me,” he said. “Eric Massa’s probably not going to go back to Congress, because the only way I would go back there would be as an independent. A pox on both parties.”
We hope Eric Massa does not resign. Eric Massa today should think about what is best for the American people. Eric Massa should vote “NO” and then if necessary quit. Eric Massa should also leave the Dimocratic Party of Arrogance! Incompetence! Corruption!
Increasingly that is the answer, get rid of Barack Obama, or leave the Obama Dimocratic Party of Arrogance! Incompetence! Corruption!
[Part III next, unless some new corruption bursts forth.]