Open thread: Massa chats with Glenn Beck

posted at 4:52 pm on March 9, 2010 by Allahpundit

A must-see, not only because of the potential for dirt-dishing about the Democratic caucus but to watch how Beck handles the clamor among righties that Massa can’t be trusted. It ain’t just Bob Lonsberry and the boss emeritus now: Rush Limbaugh dismissed Massa earlier today as a “legitimate kook” and the Standard warned this morning that its sources on the Hill say the ethics report will be damning. And no wonder. Just across the wire at Politico:

The House ethics committee has received allegations that former Rep. Eric Massa groped at least three male staffers and conducted himself improperly with interns as well as full-time aides, a source familiar with the matter tells POLITICO.

One incident allegedly occurred when Massa traveled to San Francisco with an aide for a fundraising trip, a second source said.

WaPo reported a few hours ago that the allegations date back at least a year and involve a “pattern of behavior.” Lonsberry also claimed to have heard of Massa touching at least two men inappropriately during his naval career — and that was before any of the congressional accusations surfaced. Shrewd move by House Democrats to get ahead of the news cycle and leak this stuff shortly before Massa sits down with Beck — doubtless the new groping claims will dominate the coverage of the interview afterward — but don’t let Ace’s point slip by the boards:

Beck sort of has a point here, if he can manage it without giving credence to Massa’s convoluted claims: We would never see these leaks against Massa if he were a Democrat in Good Standing.

It’s not so much that Massa is innocent so much as his guilt would be entirely irrelevant to the Democrats and the media if he were voting the right way.

Yeah, in Bizarro World the lefty outcry over Republican homophobia for criticizing this proud ObamaCare supporter shakes the very earth beneath our feet.

Here’s your thread. I’m assuming Beck will be appropriately skeptical of this guy’s shpiel in light of the new harassment details, but for a guy who famously (and appropriately) mistrusts politicians, he sure did seem a little less mistrustful than usual for awhile.


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Let the show begin!

MaiDee on March 9, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Is there still a possibility that Massa will be a “no show”…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 9, 2010 at 4:55 PM

I believe Massa already.

Rocks on March 9, 2010 at 4:55 PM

I’ll be watching to see if Massa’s teeth fall out by the end of the interview.

heshtesh on March 9, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Folks by the TV will have to fill me in. Roll it.

Abby Adams on March 9, 2010 at 4:55 PM

This should be illuminating. One way or another.

kingsjester on March 9, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Massa’s 15min of fame ends in an hour…I expect him to go down swinging.

ted c on March 9, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Massa just groped Beck! Oh wait, that was a handshake.

Rocks on March 9, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Funny how all of these details are coming out today…that House Ethics committee can really do work when they need to.

d1carter on March 9, 2010 at 4:57 PM

A mob rat maybe untrustworthy and trying to save his own skin, but that doesn’t make what he is saying a lie and it certainly helps to shed light on the murky side of how the mob works. Listen to him and see what can be gleaned.

rob verdi on March 9, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Will Massa show up?

d1carter on March 9, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Michelle is right. Maybe Massa will poke Beck in the chest with his “Chief of Staff”.

Eeewww.

Brian1972 on March 9, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Please let them be fully clothed for the entire episode!

Doughboy on March 9, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Can’t wait to see how this goes.

cubachi on March 9, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Massa’s value to the right is not steeped in whether or not he’s innocent (I doubt strongly that he is) but in what he’s willing to divulge about the party and its leaders who kicked him to the curb for not falling in line.

Everything he says must be taken with a grain of salt of course and must be double checked. Nothing can be taken at face value. But since he has no reason to be loyal to Pelosi et al and because he has an axe to grind, he might be able and willing to provide good intel on what’s happening. Not because he was or is innocent but because he’s dirty.

Like a mob informant turning state’s evidence.

powerpro on March 9, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Just got off work, it’s time for a Bud Light Chelada. Let the entertainment begin!

Colorado Anne on March 9, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Beck should have gotten Michelle in on it too.

Mr. Joe on March 9, 2010 at 4:59 PM

The Valachi Papers, retitled The Massa Mess.

kingsjester on March 9, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Brian1972 on March 9, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Chalkboard diagrams of the shower scene with Rahm.

lorien1973 on March 9, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Trainwreck in 3…2…1…

D2Boston on March 9, 2010 at 4:59 PM

What percentage of TV’s on Capitol Hill and at the White House will be tuned into Beck this evening? I’ll take the over.

Pablo on March 9, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Here is my St. Patrick inspired push for health care! Here is Rahm Emanuel kicking butt for Obama.

Mr. Joe on March 9, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Massa just admitted he’s a Gay American.

Rocks on March 9, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Man, this better be good. It is 0230 here and I have to be up in 3 hours.

donkichi on March 9, 2010 at 5:00 PM

So what if Massa is a kook? SO WHAT???????

The interview will highlight that if it’s true.

Oink on March 9, 2010 at 5:00 PM

“I think it’s safe to say I have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen.”

Sweet.

Pablo on March 9, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Most of the action during this interview will probably be happening under the table.

Mark1971 on March 9, 2010 at 5:00 PM

this will be enjoyable, lets hope it doesn’t get too ugly!!

deidre on March 9, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Funny how all of these details are coming out today…that House Ethics committee can really do work when they need to.

d1carter on March 9, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Gee i wonder why they lack that enthusiasm when investigating Rangle.

heshtesh on March 9, 2010 at 5:01 PM

“Hello, Rahm.”

*snicker*

Pablo on March 9, 2010 at 5:01 PM

i would love if the red phone rings. LOL

deidre on March 9, 2010 at 5:02 PM

And Bill Clintoon continues to laugh at the People of the United States…

Branch Rickey on March 9, 2010 at 5:03 PM

i would love if the red phone rings. LOL

deidre on March 9, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Just one the sound guy should do it.

thomasaur on March 9, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Is there a live stream…

ninjapirate on March 9, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Glenn is NERBUS

justonevictory on March 9, 2010 at 5:03 PM

I thought it was funny that Rush had never heard of him until yesterday……. quit yappin, Glenn, and bring him out! Time’s a-wasting.

darwin-t on March 9, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Waiting for Øbama to hold an important press conference to pre-empt the show in 3…2…1…

TruthhoundSP on March 9, 2010 at 5:03 PM

I Massa has some deep dark secret to hide, then this is probably not what his lawyer would recommend.

RBMN on March 9, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Is there a live stream…

ninjapirate on March 9, 2010 at 5:03 PM

http://www.zahipedia.com/2009/07/01/watch-online-fox-news-live-free/

deidre on March 9, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Can’t wait until that red phone rings/

Pass the popcorn.

Knucklehead on March 9, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Filler so far.

BuckeyeSam on March 9, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Open thread: Massa chats with Glenn Beck

Admit it. Hotair was just screaming for yet another tangentially gay thread
/s

Branch Rickey on March 9, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Why is Glenn still talking, you’re wasting my time!!

deidre on March 9, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Massa should showup in a tutu
just to poke fun @ Rham

macncheez on March 9, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Thank goodness for DVRs – I’m still at work

CityFish on March 9, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Is Massa in the studio?

d1carter on March 9, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Admit it. Hotair was just screaming for yet another tangentially gay thread
/s

Branch Rickey on March 9, 2010 at 5:04 PM

*SNORT*

thomasaur on March 9, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Massa isn’t there yet.

baldilocks on March 9, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Will Massa be giving Larry Craig tips by the end of the show?

Branch Rickey on March 9, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Beck sure takes his time getting to the interview, doesn’t he…

Seven Percent Solution on March 9, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Ooops. I was wrong.

baldilocks on March 9, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Has RedEye made a Robot Theater reenactment of the Massa Rahm Shower Encounter?

WashJeff on March 9, 2010 at 5:06 PM

This is good already.

deidre on March 9, 2010 at 5:06 PM

After Beck’s opener, “in the next 55 minutes.”

BuckeyeSam on March 9, 2010 at 5:06 PM

sleezy politician
maybe not, heh

Colorado Anne on March 9, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Beck should be wearing a white lab coat…

… and Massa looks gay.

Seven Percent Solution on March 9, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Massa should showup in a tutu
just to poke fun @ Rham
macncheez on March 9, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Schweeeeeeeet!

Branch Rickey on March 9, 2010 at 5:06 PM

I hate Beck…but I’m watching.

LtE126 on March 9, 2010 at 5:07 PM

He’s on!

Knucklehead on March 9, 2010 at 5:07 PM

If Massa has some deep dark secret to hide, then this is probably not what his lawyer would recommend.

RBMN on March 9, 2010 at 5:03 PM

I think at this point he’s probably pretty well up s–t creek anyway. If ObaMao’s minions don’t already have a nasty way to air his dirty laundry in the works, I’d be VERY surprised.

Dark-Star on March 9, 2010 at 5:07 PM

… and Massa looks gay.

Seven Percent Solution on March 9, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Don’t ask. Don’t tell.

Branch Rickey on March 9, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Has RedEye made a Robot Theater reenactment of the Massa Rahm Shower Encounter?

WashJeff on March 9, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Unfortunately, no. I was disappointed.

darwin-t on March 9, 2010 at 5:07 PM

How many eyes are on GB show today?

d1carter on March 9, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Dude already strikes me as skeevy.

LimaLimaMikeFoxtrot on March 9, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Beck is smart! Massa saying anything makes the GOP look good, DEMS bad!

conservador on March 9, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Glenn Beck is diagramming a grope on his blackboard now.

Emperor Norton on March 9, 2010 at 5:08 PM

OMG….this is amazing.

Emily M. on March 9, 2010 at 5:08 PM

So evidently he’s been a scumball for quite some time.

Interesting that the Dems only just now decided to be offended by his transgressions. So offended that they had to force him out right before the big healthcare vote.

Very interesting.

Meredith on March 9, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Maybe today we learn the answer about why Rahm was naked in the Congressional shower.

BobMbx on March 9, 2010 at 5:08 PM

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

deidre on March 9, 2010 at 5:08 PM

First he called a man’s ass a “tush”. He’s a pee pee toucher.

LtE126 on March 9, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Is Massa in the studio?

d1carter on March 9, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Yes. So far, he’s guilty of a wedding-reception noogy and a ticklefest. WTF.

BuckeyeSam on March 9, 2010 at 5:08 PM

If Massa starts quoting Rudyard Kipling, game over.

MayorDaley on March 9, 2010 at 5:08 PM

So I’m guessing that HotAir under the Boss Emeritus would not cover this interview, since the BE was opposed to it in principle.

DaydreamBeliever on March 9, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Colorado Anne on March 9, 2010 at 4:59 PM

At least your taste in TV programming is better than your taste for beer…

catmman on March 9, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Is Massa playing with Glenn’s hair yet?!?!?

Chimp 6 on March 9, 2010 at 5:08 PM

What’s “homophobia”? I looked in the dictionary and couldn’t find it. I found “homo” — self, same, and “phobia” — fear, but not the compound.

unclesmrgol on March 9, 2010 at 5:08 PM

You sure Massa didn’t like naked Rahm?

deidre on March 9, 2010 at 5:08 PM

“I tickled a grown man until he couldn’t breath then four other grown men jumped on me…

…. but I’m not gay.”

Seven Percent Solution on March 9, 2010 at 5:09 PM

This certainly qualifies as a Hump-bot post if ever there was one…..

BobMbx on March 9, 2010 at 5:09 PM

It might just be that the guy has a sick sense of humor. That doesn’t automatically make him Barney Frank.

RBMN on March 9, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Popcorn w/ extra butter and salt please! Shhhh….Don’t tell FLOTUS :)

sarahpalinfan99 on March 9, 2010 at 5:09 PM

His WIFE’S there???

LtE126 on March 9, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Jim Norton sarc from last night’s Red Eye:

“What’s the point of running for office if you can’t have sex with male staffers”

RightWinged on March 9, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Interesting that the Dems only just now decided to be offended by his transgressions. So offended that they had to force him out right before the big healthcare vote.

Very interesting.

Meredith on March 9, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Totally agree!

Branch Rickey on March 9, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Colorado Anne on March 9, 2010 at 4:59 PM

At least your taste in TV programming is better than your taste for beer…

catmman on March 9, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Come on, it’s great – loaded with tabasco sauce!

Colorado Anne on March 9, 2010 at 5:10 PM

I saw how Beck handled Rod Blagojevic and other idiots. He draws people out, hears people out, and leaves them hoist with their own petard.

I don’t understand why Malkin, Rush, et al are so concerned. If this guy is a clown, which he most certainly is, Beck will draw it out. If we get some juicy bits about the underhanded methods of the Democrat leadership, all the better.

IronDioPriest on March 9, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Q to Massa
Is Rham penizzeled ?

macncheez on March 9, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Fondling a cat? Eewww!

sarahpalinfan99 on March 9, 2010 at 5:10 PM

This interview is awesome!

baldilocks on March 9, 2010 at 5:11 PM

They didn’t show the photos, huh?

darwin-t on March 9, 2010 at 5:11 PM

uh hem: TICKLE FIGHT!

cpaulus on March 9, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Liar, his body language is telling on him.

thomasaur on March 9, 2010 at 5:12 PM

This interview is awesome!

baldilocks on March 9, 2010 at 5:11 PM

You betcha! It’s great to see you around, by the way.

kingsjester on March 9, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Over/Under on Pelosi’s face cracking right now…

Branch Rickey on March 9, 2010 at 5:12 PM

I’m televisionless… someone help me. What’s going on!?!

MeatHeadinCA on March 9, 2010 at 5:12 PM

I don’t like Massa at all… but it is a little too coincidental that the Washington Post and Politico reveal new allegations about Massa right before he goes on Beck…

ninjapirate on March 9, 2010 at 5:12 PM

The Crossing the Line ceremony includes rubbing of skin and a transvestite, so maybe a fond memory for him. But, so what?

RBMN on March 9, 2010 at 5:12 PM

i’m enjoying this interview.

deidre on March 9, 2010 at 5:13 PM

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