Do you ever stop and wonder just what the hell’s going on with our politicians? I know I do. I wonder, for example, given all the trouble some of them get themselves into why do they go into politics to begin with? I mean being a politician is like living in a fish bowl. With the pervasiveness and inquisitiveness of today’s “gotcha media” as a famous female former governor likes to say a politician’s private life isn’t very private and his or her public life is on display for all to see.
The latest example – although who knows, by the time you read this there may be a new one – involves Democrat Eric Massa, recently resigned New York Congressman. Yeah, that’s right, another politician from New York. Given the way things are going with politicians in that state you’d think the voters were blind and not the governor.
Why did he resign? I’ll take multiple-choice for $800, Alex: a) he’s been accused of improper sexual conduct, b) he has cancer, c) he’s the target of an ethics probe, d) he was forced out by the Democrats because he wouldn’t vote for Obama’s health-care bill, e) all of the above.
Massa’s a multi-faceted politician, a multi-tasker if you will because “e” appears to be the correct answer. And it would appear “e”’s in a whole Massa trouble.
One of the weirder aspects of Massa’s perplexing predicament is the story he told about White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel accosting him in the Congressional showers over a budget vote. It gives new meaning to the intent of one politician making the other politician come clean…and it wasn’t on the floor of Congress. At least there was no bending over to pick up the soap…that we know of.
“I’m sitting there showering, naked as a jaybird, and here comes Rahm Emanuel, not even with a towel wrapped around his tush, poking his finger in my chest, yelling at me because I wasn’t gonna vote for the president’s budget,” Massa said. “Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man? … It’s ridiculous.”
He continued, “By the way, what the heck is he doing in the congressional gym? He goes there to intimidate members of Congress.”
Of course Emanual better be careful next time he tries to shake down a Congressman. I can just see the encounter, “Hey, Rahm, is that your finger or are you just happy to see me?”
This post originally appeared at The Parody Files