Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on March 12, 2010
Did Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, while naked, actually confront and argue about budget voting with former New York congressman Eric Massa in the congressional showers — you know, the ones without shower curtains? Who knows? Does Massa honestly believe that intense tickling sessions with other grown men is much ado about nothing? Who knows?
What I DO know is that Massa’s truthfulness and objectivity on anything is now highly suspect, but the uncomfortable, wacky damage has been done, both to Eric Massa and to Rahm Emanuel. And to the integrity of the Democrat party, since Dem leader and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appears to have blown off any kind of ethics investigation once reports about Massa’s troubling behavior with male staffers started accumulating.
And the jokes just keep on coming. Late-night comedy highlights:
“Former Democratic congressman Eric Massa resigned on Monday amid allegations that he groped male staff workers. Massa claims he was tickling them and then claimed he was being forced out over his healthcare vote. If you’re wondering why we don’t have healthcare, it’s because there’s too much tickling in Congress.” -Jimmy Kimmel
“He admits to groping, fondling, and tickling. And I’m thinking, well, why isn’t this guy governor of New York?” -David Letterman
“New York congressman Eric Massa has resigned his post this week after allegations that he groped his male staff. If it’s not Charlie Rangel trying to get into your wallet, it’s Eric Massa trying to get in your pants.” -Jay Leno
“Massa was on Glenn Beck and he showed a book of graphic photos of things sailors did for fun when at sea. The book was so graphic, they couldn’t show them on the air. Now if you’re trying to convince people you’re not gay, you probably shouldn’t show your big book of naked sailors.” -Jay Leno
“Just a word of warning tonight — anybody in the audience who refuses to laugh will be tickled by former congressman Eric Massa.” –Jimmy Fallon
Letterman’s Top Ten Signs Rahm Emanuel Is Nuts
10. Every morning he takes a leak off the Truman balcony
9. President Obama smokes cigarettes; Rahm eats them
8. Spotted today at Toyota dealership
7. He’s leaving Obama to become a special adviser to Richard Nixon
6. In a fit of rage, he snapped Dennis Kucinich in half
5. Changing his name to Rahm Emanuel Lewis
4. Refers to every Cabinet official as ‘Clarkie’
3. Recently got into a heated policy debate with his stapler
2. You mean, besides walking around D.C. naked?
1. Even Andy Dick is telling him to chill
Here’s another Top Ten list I stumbled upon…
David Letterman’s Top Ten Things You Don’t Want to Hear From Your Congressman
10. “Oh, suddenly I’m gay because I roll on the floor tickling men?”
9. “Four o’clock – gropin’ time”
8. “Whoops, came to work naked again”
7. “Too much mint, not enough julep”
6. “Filibuster? I hardly know her”
5. “You’re not wearing a wire, are you?”
4. “Look, I don’t know what snorkeling is, but stop doing it to me”
3. “What would Eliot Spitzer to?”
2. This: “Now they’re saying I groped a male staffer. Yeah, I did. Not only did I grope him, I tickled him until he couldn’t breathe and then four guys jumped on top of me.”
1. “Mind if I do a little polling?”
Thom Hartmann: A reenactment of the Psycho “shower scene” with Rahm Emanuel
From On My Watch, The Writings of SamHenry, Nothing Slick Ever Lasts – That May Mean our Man Rahm:
Rahm has not been as close to Obama as ” David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett and the rest of the Chicago coterie who campaigned with [him].” His real or perceived strong flavored tactics are tolerated as long as they produce.
That shower story told by Massa as his ship went down may not have been true but like any other myth, it’s potent and the vividness of the telling will long resonate in the memories of men and women of a certain degree of sensitivity.
The Obama Administration generally has lost its luster. It’s not the cool, slick operation we had thought. A great deal has been lost to the inexperience of “management.” For all of her experience and expertise, under Barack’s guidance, Hillary could not go far with his directives until it was almost too late. Finally he allowed her to toughen her stand on issues. Now Biden, that old Senate war horse, is in Israel playing tough in that arena. No more Kumbaya.
From Elizabeth Benjamin, Odds & Ends, NY Daily News:
Rod Blagojevich said Massa’s story about getting accosted by Rahm Emanuel in the shower “sure sounds like the Rahm I know.”
H/t to Nice Deb for the bizarre (and quite icky) photo spoof below of Rahm and Massa…
From Washington Post, Lawmakers insist shower run-ins like the one Massa alleges are far from norm:
By Philip Rucker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
It’s no secret that members of Congress broker deals on the treadmill or in the weight room of the House and Senate gyms. But former congressman Eric Massa’s accusation that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel once berated him in the gym’s shower over his vote against President Obama’s budget left Washington watchers wondering how much business politicians conduct while naked.
The answer, lawmakers revealed Tuesday, is not much.
The private gyms are sanctuaries where lawmakers can huff, puff and disrobe knowing that only fellow members will see them.
If Massa’s shower tableau did take place — a scenario the White House denied — several said it’s far from the norm.
“This morning I talked with Lamar Alexander about a hold” on a nomination during his daily workout, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said. But Tester said, “I don’t go in the shower. I don’t accost people.”
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said he often goes to the Senate gym to do a rubber-band exercise for his arms — the 66-year-old said he has bad rotator cuffs — but that he most loves sitting in the sauna with his colleagues.
“It’s always fun,” he said.
Asked whether he has had shower encounters like the one Massa alleged, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) was interrupted by an aide — “Senator, we definitely have a speaking engagement” — and whisked away before he could respond…
…Hearing about what Eric Massa was up to with his own “gay frat house”, we realized how easy it probably was for him to have his way with all those young guys, no matter how personally gross and disgusting he was.
The economy is terrible, so any job is better than no job.
The guys probably want to go to law school, or to become lobbyists, so working for a Congressman for a year is worth any Hell they have to go through.
Considering the above, it’s easy to see how they would take the job for almost no money…because they saw it as a ticket to riches in the future.
From New York Observer:
Departing Congressman Eric Massa is certainly taking some of the shine off Rahm Emanuel Week.
“Rahm Emanuel is son of the devil’s spawn,” Rep. Massa said this morning–in addition to describing an awkward shower encounter. “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.”
Politico: Hoyer knew of Massa allegations and Eric Massa: Democrats ousted me over health care
Hot Air: Here we go: Pelosi’s staff knew of Massa allegations sooner than claimed
Frugal Caf&ecute; Blog Zone: Sordid Massa Details Mount: Nancy Pelosi Knew Massa Was a Predator… And Did NOTHING and Glenn Beck Apologizes for Wasting America’s Time with His Massa Interview (video) and Naked & Arguing Politicians: Rahm & Massa in the Congressional Showers (video) and Another Dem Incumbent Abandons Ship Obama: Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) Won’t Seek Re-Election (video) and NY Dem Rep. Eric Massa: Townhalls Killing Democrat Party with Millions Withdrawing ObamaCare Support, So He Refuses to Hold Townhall Meeting
HillBuzz: Boystown’s Take On Eric Massa’s “Gay Frat House”
FOX News, Massa: ‘I Forced Myself Out’ of Congress
RealClearPolitics: Massa: Rahm Emanuel “Would Sell His Own Mother” For Votes
Patterico’s Pontifications: Talk Like a Democrat Day
Gateway Pundit: Dem Rep. Massa May Rescind Resignation; Says Rahm Emanuel Is “Son of Devil’s Spawn” (Audio) and Dem Rep. Massa Will Resign After Allegations of Sexual Harassment …Update: Says He’s Guilty and Democrat Eric Massa Lied… Hoyer Knew About Sexual Harassment Last Month
On My Watch — The writings of SamHenry: Massa Turns the Legislative Process Into a Story of Crime and Punishment
Potluck: Keep an eye on the Massa scandal
Bob Lonsberry: WHAT I HAVE KNOWN ABOUT ERIC MASSA