Eric Massa is the Mark Foley of 2010. In 2006 the Mark Foley scandal clued in Americans who were not paying attention that something was dreadfully wrong in the Republican run congress. In 2010 it is Eric Massa who clues in Americans not paying much attention that something is dreadfully wrong in the Dimocratic run congress. In 2006 the American people threw the bums out. In 2010 the Dimocrats must suffer even greater devastating defeats, doom, death and disaster.
Some Republicans, like Michelle Malkin did not initially get it. Most Republicans, including Michelle Malkin, now do get it and today they demanded action and they got it. What the Eric Massa story is about, what has us jumping up and down, for days now is nicely summarized by commentor PM317:
we all know if Massa was a “Yes” vote on HCR, this whole thing would never have seen the light of day.
Politico published a story today titled Nancy Pelosi aide knew of Eric Massa concerns in October Last October!, but nothing happened until March 2010 because every vote is needed but only when Eric Massa made clear he was a “NO” vote, Eric Massa had to go.
From the moment this story broke open we linked to the allegations which made Eric Massa an unsympathetic figure. We understood immediately that the story is not about Eric Massa, the story is about the Arrogance!, Incompetence!, Corruption! of the Dimocratic congress and the Barack Obama White House and Obamination Dimocratic Party.
Some smart Republicans know we are exactly correct (again) in our analysis. So today, the smart Republicans, the ones with a memory of 2006 did what needed to be done:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office was notified in October by then-Rep. Eric Massa’s top aide of concerns about the New York Democrat’s behavior, two congressional sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday night. [snip]
According to a person briefed on the call, Racalto was concerned that the lunch followed a pattern by Massa — who is married and has two children — of trying to spend time alone with young gay men with no ostensible work purpose. Racalto, according to this person, also alerted Frank’s chief of staff. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the political sensitivity of the matter.
The revelation about warnings to Pelosi’s office comes as the House ethics committee closed its short-lived investigation of allegations that Massa groped and sexually harassed several young, male staffers in his office, according to two sources familiar with the decision.
The committee concluded that Massa’s resignation put him outside the reach of any punishment it could impose and would render any findings irrelevant. The decision set up a political battle with House Republicans, who are already targeting congressional Democrats with campaign ads saying they have failed to look deeply enough into the ethical transgressions of their party members.
Republicans signaled Wednesday that they wanted the inquiry to continue, despite Massa’s departure. Senior Republicans in the House said the public deserves to know whether Democratic leaders were aware of the allegations of Massa’s misconduct longer than they have acknowledged and whether they failed to act to protect junior staffers.
GOP leaders cited as precedent the committee’s 2006 decision to investigate claims that Mark Foley, a Florida Republican, sent sexually explicit messages to former male pages. The committee’s decision came after Foley stepped down from Congress. That inquiry also examined how some House leaders ignored claims about Foley’s conduct while others tried to shield his behavior from public disclosure.
Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.) said it would be only fair for the committee to investigate how Democratic leaders handled the Massa case, given the panel’s decision in the Foley investigation.
The complaints about Massa’s gropes of young staffers began “as far back as January 2009” reported the Washington Post. WHAT DID NANCY PELOUSY KNOW AND WHEN DID SHE KNOW IT? What and when was Obama told? What and when was Rahm told?
Today, the House of Representatives voted to continue the investigation. Nancy Pelousy has many questions to answer which may do to her what happened in 2006:
But she may be facing a moment as flummoxing as the one when Democratic Speaker Thomas Foley lost the vote on the rule to consider the crime and gun control bill in August 1994, or when Republican Speaker Dennis Hastert saw the Mark Foley scandal explode on the last day of the session in September 2006. Both were moments when highly competent and dedicated House speakers saw their majorities shattered beyond repair.
The upstate New York Democrat and Chronicle newspaper correctly notes that with the election fight in Massa’s district The stage has been set for another national referendum on President Obama’s administration and health care reform, again in upstate New York. We know how that referendum will turn out for the boob and his boobettes.
Before the Eric Massa story broke we discussed the Arrogance! Incompetence! Corruption! of the Dimocratic congress. In Part I of this series of articles we began our comparison of the 2006 elections with the 2010 elections.
In Part I we stated that it was not the Iraq war which won the 2006 elections but rather, “In 2006 Americans saw the same type of arrogance, incompetence, and corruption, from Republicans that Americans see in 2010 from Barack Obama and his corrupt Dimocrats.” In Part I we also tied the Obama health scam to the Arrogance! Incompetence! Corruption! that rules Washington today. [We warned at the end of 2008 that a special prosecutor was needed to prevent the Chicago Hydra of Corruption from growing another head at the nation’s capital.)
In Part II we expanded on the allegations of sexual impropriety by Eric Massa (we also discussed David Paterson) and made it clear that the focus should be not on what Eric Massa did but what Nancy Pelousy and the Obama Dimocrats knew and why they failed to act. We also tied the Massa allegations to the health scam scandal with these lovely quotes from Eric Massa:
“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.” “The leadership of the Democratic Party have become exactly what they said they were running against.”
“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.’”
“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”
The next day, Glenn Beck conducted a bad interview with Eric Massa, which reflected more on the culture clash of different mindsets and the inabilities of Glenn Beck to conduct the type of interview that needed to be conducted, than the actual things said by Massa. The interview was a dud and nothing new was said – except to the many people who had not heard this information before. That is what happened in 2006 when the Mark Foley scandal broke open.
Our first Arrogance, Incompetence, Corruption article appeared on March 4, 2010. On March 5, 2010 we began this series which compares the election of 2006 with the elections of 2010 (not the first time we made this comparison). It was also on March 5, 2010, before the Eric Massa story broke wide open – before Massa made the statements we quoted above about Dimocratic Arrogance! Incompetence! Corruption! – before, when the scandal was limited to the late, sex based attacks on Massa by the Dimocratic establishment, that Joan Walsh made the contrary argument. Joan Walsh wrote:
I predicted Wednesday that Republicans and the mainstream media would soon have a new but typically simplistic partisan line: that recent scandals involving Democratic Reps. Eric Massa and Charlie Rangel and New York Gov. David Paterson would make 2010 what 2006 was for Republicans — the year voters punished the party for its corruption. Throw in oldies but goodies like former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, both Democrats, and I foresaw an avalanche of 2006-2010 comparisons. And I was right.
But this is another dramatic case of the double standard the media can’t seem to avoid when it comes to Republicans and Democrats. The big difference between the two sets of scandals is that GOP corruption in 2006 was big-time, it was systemic — and much of it was covered up, ignored and, in some cases (House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, anyone?), perpetrated by congressional leadership. Nancy Pelosi’s team came in and developed ethics standards and investigation protocols that are working in the Rangel case, standards that many Republicans, including House Minority Leader John Boehner, opposed.
If you simply examine the corruption scandals, there is no comparison. (This post by the great Joe Conason is a must-read.)
In our next and final installment in this series (this weekend), we will draw the comparisons for hapless Joan. It’s not about Massa or his Massa-ges of young males’ body parts. It’s about Arrogance! Incompetence! Corruption!