The Postscript on Massa’s Exit

9 Mar

He left after all, didn’t he. Monday was somewhat of a spiraling descent into the rabbit hole, where the morning headlines touted the fact that passage of health care reform would be eased somewhat by his departure, and the afternoon headlines featured him not going down without a fight. He launched a blistering attack on Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, he said that he was the victim of a plot to oust him over his health care vote, and he’s now preparing to spend an entire hour on not only the Larry King Hour of Ill-Informed Narcolepsy™, but also on the Glenn Beck Hour of Idiotic and Insane ACORN Ranting™.

If Massa was lying or overselling the cancer scare; if he is not being forthcoming about what happened to spur on the ethics investigation, then my trust in him was shortsighted and unfortunate. I always saw him as an honest and forthright guy, and due to his past candor, I give him every benefit of every doubt before assuming he’s full of it.

As a side note to everyone who’s “disappointed” in what I wrote, when I wrote it, and how I wrote it: I don’t care. Be as disappointed as you want. Going into this, Massa was a good guy, a principled guy, a cancer survivor who cited health reasons. The ethical accusations were completely without factual foundation at the time, so it would have been ridiculously speculative for me to condemn or defend any of it. But with each passing hour, the whole thing got weirder and weirder. So, take your disappointment and go read one of those objective blogs that don’t offer an opinion, and don’t hold a political bias.

Massa is too far to the left to be a credible Republican, and he’s burning his Democratic bridges left and right. I don’t know what he plans to do in the future, but clearly it won’t be in elected office. I figure a guy like he wouldn’t go around throwing “they’re out to get me” unless he really believes that. I also have no doubt that Massa ruffled feathers; but it’s one thing to go down fighting – it’s another to drop out of the fight, claim that you’re being forced into it, and BTW they’re all motherfuckers.

9 Responses to “The Postscript on Massa’s Exit”

  1. Terry March 9, 2010 at 7:14 am #

    “As a side note to everyone who’s “disappointed” in what I wrote”… the word “amused” might be more accurate.

    • Alan Bedenko March 9, 2010 at 7:55 am #

      I care even less about them.

  2. Mike March 9, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    FOXN 5PM…

  3. Ward March 9, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    Nice post, Alan.

  4. Ward March 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    Post-postscript: a serial groper of male staff members.

    More, or less, objectionable than Mark Foley’s naughty text messages? (Repeating my query from last week.) Will Steny Hoyer get the full Tom Reynolds treatment for “failing to act immediately”?

    • Eric Saldanha March 9, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

      Really Ward? You want to bring up Mark Foley? Please do because when it comes to deviant, perverted, hypocritical, disgusting sex scandals, the Democrats are far, far behind the GOP.

      Unless you can provide me with the name of the Democratic Senator who cruised a cop in an airport bathroom while looking for dick.

  5. Mike March 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm #

    Dear Mr. Bedenko,
    Thanks to your viewership today my 5PM show is poised to quintuple MSNBC’s primetime audience…
    -Glenn Beck

  6. tim March 9, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    Alan, It had nothing to do with your failure to condem the allegations as they were still developing. It had to do with the fact that you completely pretended as if the allegations didnt exist

    • Alan Bedenko March 10, 2010 at 5:48 am #

      Alan, It had nothing to do with your failure to condem the allegations as they were still developing. It had to do with the fact that you completely pretended as if the allegations didnt exist

      At the time I wrote my post, they didn’t. Not as far as I’m concerned. All we had was Massa saying that he had cancer, and unnamed people leaking that there was an ethics investigation involving sexual discomfort of unknown provenance. So, nothing existed.

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