The past 24 hours in Washington D.C. has brought a tidal wave of reaction to the latest scandal to blow through town. This one, like all of them, comes with details that are better than fiction. Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.), a freshman lawmaker, talked tickle fights with staff and a purported naked shower chat with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. He mentioned cancer, but the jury (and prognosis) are still out on that.
In the meantime, D.C. journos and media types weigh in:
Kevin Madden, GOP strategist and pundit: “This whole Massa Mess needs some road flares, an ambulance and some highway police to shout: ‘move it along, folks…’ just awful.”
WaPo’s Howard Kurtz:
“Massa tries same faux ‘apology’: Rahm wouldn’t strap his children to a locomotive, he’d strap my children. Was lame the first time.”
ABC’s Jake Tapper:
“The entire DC press corps has descended into a giant tickle fight.”
Mother Jones’s David Corn:
“Has Massa blown his chance to be Sarah Palin’s running mate?”
The Washington Independent’s Dave Weigel:
BREAKING: Video surfaces of Massa’s shower confrontation with Rahm… DEVELOPING… http://bit.ly/cPb4SM / Spot on.
HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington:
“Having to interview Eric Massa for an hour really made me feel for him [FNC’s Glenn Beck],” Huffington told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “AC360”.
“Relieved Larry King doesn’t somehow have Jermaine Jackson or Carol Channing randomly with him for Massa interview.”
CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen on “AC360”:
“Well, Anderson, people say Washington politics is a freakshow and Eric Massa is writing a whole new chapter.”