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The Great White Grope.

In Media, Politics on March 13, 2010 at 1:55 am

The fall of Eric Massa from Congress and subsequent rise as one-size-fits-all media personality has been strange indeed. Last week, Massa was a run-of-the-mill upstate New York Representative and married father of two. This week he’s the scuttlebutt, lightning rod, and punch line of the political establishment.

His whirlwind run through the gauntlet of a roughly 96-hour news cycle is a parable on scandal (don’t do sketchy stuff in office) and the state of media and politics (it’s messed up).

He didn’t truly garner attention until early this week, but when he resigned last Friday with “a profound sense of failure,” he spoke more of health reasons related to the cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he was first diagnosed with 12 years ago. (By the way, how come we never hear about Hodgkin’s lymphoma?)

A little time passed and then he said he was being forced out by Nancy Pelosi and the House leadership for signaling his vote against the final health care reform bill.

What also came out in the midst of this sudden surrender of office were accusations of inappropriate physical conduct around young male staffers, laughably labeled as non-sexual groping and tickling. Ah, the non-sexual grope. It’s like Othello: “A minute to learn, a lifetime to master.”

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