There is no lack of buzz in the political world right now over the resignation of Eric Massa from the House of Representatives. But the main questions that should be asked are generally avoided at this moment.
Eric Massa was a freshman to the House of Representatives. He was also opposed to the Health Care Reform Bill that continues to move forward as a partisan Bill without the majority support of the public. His resignation has been attributed to health concerns, inappropriate comments to a staffer, and now machinations within the Democrat leadership.
This may be an example of sour grapes. A means to get back at those that have not supported Massa as he was ushered out of office in disgrace. But another picture also exists when looked at from the landscape of New York politics and the Health Care Reform Bill.
Currently Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY) is undergoing investigation for multiple ethics violations. This is a process that has been in the works for 2 years. Rep. Rangel has repeatedly misreported hundreds of thousands of dollars in income, property ownership, and potentially misuse of Congressional power. This has caused Rep. Rangel to step down as head of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, temporarily at least, but not forced him to vacate his seat. Rangel supports the Health Care Reform strongly.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand also supports the Health Care Reform strongly. The junior Senator for New York was not elected to her seat, but was appointed by Governor Patterson (who also holds a position that was not elected). Senator Gillibrand is seeking re-election, and has had all Democrat challengers removed by the Democrat leadership.
Governor Patterson is also familiar with scandal. He has decided to end his campaign to be re-elected as Governor of New York. Currently he has strong opposition to his continuation as Governor, led by New York Democrat leadership. He has been accused of tampering with a witness, and abusing the power of his office in securing Yankee tickets. It is also known that Gov. Patterson angered the White House and Democrat leadership by seeking re-election.
Without addressing the innocence or guilt of any of the elected officials involved, there does appear to be a pattern. That pattern is one in which those that support the Obama Administration and its policies are sheilded while those that are opposed are out of favor and subject to the harshest criticism. Massa claims this is exactly why he was forced out. Which is not dissimilar to comments made by Harold Ford Jr. initially about his decision to not seek the Democrat ticket for the junior Senate seat for New York.
Politics is never a clear path. There is almost always in-fighting and battles over power, clashes of political favor vs political support, and variances of political views in each Party. But the current problems in New York State seem to suggest that active manipulation in favor of political agendas, over the concerns of the public, are in play.
If that is even true in part, it is a violation of the core principles of the nation. It also raises the concerns of what is happening in other parts of the nation.
Eric Massa will be appearing later today on the Glenn Beck program. Far-left blogs are sure to attack every aspect of this program as they regularly do to Beck and Fox News in general. But the question is bigger than a dislike of a news commentator or a news organization. It is what is happening to elected officials, if even part of what Massa says is true.
If true even in part, what does this mean about the Health Care Reform? How does this reflect on the “Lousiana Purchase” (Sen. Landrieu’s $300 million deal to vote in favor of the Senate version of the Health Care Reform Bill) and the “Cornhusker Kickback” (Senator Ben Nelson’s deal for Nebraska). What does it mean in terms of the actions of Rahm Emanuel in enacting legislation? Is there a connection to the repeated swift voting on Bills in the House and Senate, even before many of the Bills have been finished being written? Worse yet, what else might be done as an act of persevation of the political status quo versus the views and opinions of the constituents across the nation?
These are troubling questions. This is a troubling time for America. Eric Massa may just be full of sour grapes. This may just be a cover for his own actions and the repercussions they have brought. But if it is even slightly more than that, if it is accurate… what does this mean for America?