Recently resigning Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) today accuses Obama's Rahm Emanuel of approaching him in a U.S. House gym shower, when both were "naked as a jaybird," to try to bully Massa over his opposition to Obama & The Dems' health care legislation. Massa also accuses Obama & The Dems of "orchestrating his downfall because he voted no on health care reform" and because he remained a deciding vote on health care. Predictably, the far right is jumping all over this today (link below).
So what's the truth here? Who the hell knows. That Emanuel might engage in such thuggery is, frankly, no surprise or shock to me. This guy's made a political career of being an complete a$$hole and a bully. But can you trust Massa's account? Not really. This is a guy who recently voluntarily resigned from the House amid accusations that he sexually harassed a male staffer. So there's not a great deal of credibility in his implied accusation that dems are "forcing him out." Nobody held a gun to his head to resign, and if there was no truth the harassment allegations, then why is he running away? At the same time, and as noted, nothing would really surprise me when it comes to the behavior of Emanuel. My best guess: Some incident between Emanuel and Massa likely occurred, with there being both some grains of truth and some embellishment in Massa's account.
But at the end of the day, what does it really matter? Even if this event did not occur, and even if Massa's charge of dems "bringing his downfall" is a complete red herring, I still say what I've been saying for months, and even since the election of Scott Brown: If you think that the radical-left-progressive-controlled democrat party will not try or do anything it takes to ram through a massive and unpopular heath care bill, then you have not been watching the same group of folks that I've been watching over the past year.