As details emerge about former Rep Eric Massa’s (D-NY) misdeeds, he becomes the latest embarrassment for the Democrats. His stories about Rahm Emanuel may tend toward exaggeration, but now that he is getting attention throughout the media, more and more people are learning about the Rahm with whom we on the right have long been familiar, the ruthless political operative who swears in public meetings and sends dead fish to pollsters who displeased him.
And people are learning about the White House Chief of Staff’s novel way of doing things (that new kind of Chicago politics) the week after scandals involving prominent New York Democrats broke. The mainstream media may try to bury the news about former House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel and outgoing New York Governor David Paterson (which would still dominate the headlines if either man had an (R) after his name), but the stories remain fresh on people’s minds.
And this just days after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid boasted that we lost only 36,000 jobs last month. Now, we have his counterpart in the House saying, “But we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”
How’s that for a definition of transparency? Vote for a bill so you can find out what’s in it. Can you imagine a car salesman telling you to agree on a purchase price for a car so you can figure out what you’ll be driving for the next seven years?
While Nancy asks Democrats to vote on faith, Politco reports that her grip on the House is slipping. Not the kind of headline you want when you’re trying to corral votes for unpopular legislation.
It just keeps getting worse for the Democrats. People may not believe Massa, but he sure has helped keep his party’s dirty laundry in the news.