Friday, March 05, 2010

Massa: Resigning in Style

What is the difference between a Democratic office holder getting caught acting inappropriately and a Republican office holder doing the same thing?

Congressman Eric Massa (D – New York) illustrates the difference well.

When you are guilty, you admit it and you resign. Especially if you don’t want to be under the national binocular microscope having everything in your life put under close public scrutiny.

I truly wonder who among us is without sin.

Jesus had that one dead right.

But in the toxic environment that is our nation’s capitol, if you don’t want to be scrutinized for your personal flaws, either don’t run for office or don’t make public blunders.

Blunders like having a “wide stance” in airport restrooms or having the inconvenience of having you name and phone number in a notorious DC madam’s “book of tricks.”

Massa says he is “flawed.” Yes, people are. Massa is a person. However, to make my point clear, a person’s flaws are not an issue unless they also reveal raw hypocrisy.

Like the raw hypocrisy of David Vitter and Larry Craig. Two Republicans with “character flaws” who have been given a free ride by their colleagues.

David Vitter, a known adulterer and user of the services of prostitutes was a vocal opponent of ACORN after the group was set up by a junior “reporter” and a young woman posing as a prostitute. Vitter’s vocal opposition to ACORN and a voice urging the withdrawal of federal funds for ACORN was at the vanguard in the GOP attack machine against this group.

David Vitter, essentially for prostitution before he was against it.

David Vitter. A hypocrite who needs to resign from office, especially now that the Ethics Committee, given new teeth by Democrats, no less, won’t give him the free pass that he got when the Republicans were in power.

Larry Craig, a guy who sets my “gaydar” alert to strong positive, voted for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, voted no to adding sexual orientation to the federal hate crime bill, and voted no on a bill to forbid discrimination in the workplace because of sexual orientation. Larry Craig is himself gay.

Making him a hypocrite of the first order.

These two characters can’t hold a candle to Eric Massa. To whatever he did, and I really don’t care what, he freely admits his guilt. Massa demonstrated today how this is done. With a touch of class. DC will suffer in his absence.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, I, too, commend Massa for cutting to the chase to wad off persoanl and political attacks which also include attacks against the Democratic Party from the Party of hypocrisy, the Republicans, of which the Republicans have become viciously famous.