If former Rep. Eric Massa hoped he’d get a post-resignation PR boost from his guest spot on Glenn Beck’s Fox News show Tuesday, he made some bad choices in his quest for support. Those included his selection of venue and his whimsical approach to clearing up the sexual harassment issue that played a key part in his strange, memorable exit from office. Turns out it took more than a mutual dislike for Rahm Emanuel to make things click between Beck and Massa, to say the least. —KA
The Washington Post:
But Beck was unimpressed. He didn’t understand why Massa, if he had truly been wronged by the White House and Democratic leaders, would resign rather than stay and fight. “Bullcrap, sir,” Beck said of Massa’s explanation.
It deteriorated from there. Massa suggested that Beck “stop calling fellow Americans names . . . socialist, communist, whatever the case may be.” He also told the conservative audience: “You can’t show up at a ‘tea party’ rally and claim that the entire budget deficit happened this year.”
And Massa had nothing to support his hints that Democratic leaders had made corrupt bargains and used thuggish tactics. “Name names,” Beck pleaded. “Show us where to throw the dirt.”
But no matter how many times he was asked—Anything new? Actionable stuff? “Anything specific?—Massa came up empty. “I don’t know how to be specific,” he said.