John on March 9, 2010 at 7:55 am
This guy is worried that conservatives are getting duped:
over the space of five days Eric Massa gave three completely different explanations for why he was leaving the House of Representatives. Each was passionately delivered, each was earnestly intoned, and each was mutually exclusive. That means they can’t all be true.
And on Massa’s central claim of being the final vote against health reform:
Eric Massa was one of 39 House Democrats who voted against health care reform. A third of those Democrats were, like Massa, newly elected. All but one of them was, like Massa, from districts that voted for John McCain…
So he was expected to vote against health care. His constituents didn’t want it, and he had to oppose it. That was understood by all, including the Democratic leadership of the House.
As to the looming vote, at least a dozen of the House Democrats who opposed health care before have already said they oppose it now. That means, not counting Massa, there are a dozen Democrats defying their party
Fair points all. Massa’s explanations do seem contradictory and entirely self-serving, but…
That doesn’t mean all of what he’s saying is false. Did he really have a screaming match with Rahm Emmanuel over a bill? Did Rahm really approach him in the showers of the Congressional gym? These incidents seem entirely consistent with everything I’ve heard about Rahm Emmanuel, so I’m going to say yes.
If even 1/3 of what Massa says is true, then it’s more insight into the back room workings of the Obama White House then we’ve gotten from the other 534 snakes on Capitol Hill in a while.
[HT: Hot Air headlines]
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