Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Covering M'assa

WASHINGTON (AP), March 10, 2010 -- With a fervor that some observers found surprising, Democratic Party leaders uniformly applauded New York Rep. Eric Massa's stunning all-out media blitz in the wake of his decision to resign from Congress Monday.  Even the sordid nature of Massa's interviews and the apparent sex scandal from which they sprung couldn't restrain Democrats' glee. One doesn't have to grope too far to find  multiple reasons for why they're simply tickled to death. It's not just another sneaky way to lower the number of votes needed to pass health care reform (while simultaneously changing the topic); it's not just a move to effectively get the "apparent hanky-panky with male staffers" storylines, uh, behind the party. 

Nope, most important of all, Massa's resignation finally takes attention away from the problems of Gov. David Paterson, now-former House Ways & Means Chairman Charlie Rangel and Rep. Gregory Meeks.  "It was a real mensch move on the part of that ole white Massa to take away some attention from all the New York black politicians who've gotten into so much trouble over the last month," said fellow Caucasian Democratic New Yorker Rep. Jerry Nadler.
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