Saturday, March 13, 2010

Eric Massa outing Democrats & Obama polarizing in own party

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"I was set up for this from the very, very beginning. The leadership of the Democratic Party have become exactly what they said they were running against." - Eric Massa

Massa has blasted Rahm Emanuel, Congressional leadership and the White House as Massa resigned, facing an investigation in his personal behavior, including incidents during an informal Navy ceremony in '83 on the USS New Jersey and one that occurred in a state room later during his Navy career. He insisted he had done nothing uncommon, insisting his sin was foul language.

"When I voted against the cap and trade bill, the phone rang and it was the chief of staff to the president of the United States of America, Rahm Emanuel, and he started swearing at me in terms and words that I hadn't heard since that crossing the line ceremony on the USS New Jersey in 1983," Massa said. "And I gave it right back to him, in terms and words that I know are physically impossible."

Re: Investigation: "Steny Hoyer has never said a single word to me at all, never, not once," Massa said. "Never before in the history of the House of Representatives has a sitting leader of the Democratic Party discussed allegations of House investigations publicly, before findings of fact. Ever."

So what is happening with the Democrats? Are they truly facing the same allegations that their Republican counterparts faced in recent years? Lastly, why hasn't President Obama provided the unity, not just between parties, but within his own party?

The average difference in Obama's approval ratings between Democrats and Republicans turned out to be 65 percent -- the highest first-year gap of any president so measured.

"The extraordinary level of polarization in Obama's first year in office is a combination of declining support from Republicans coupled with high and sustained approval from Democrats," Gallup's Jeffrey Jones reported.

Obama's 88 percent approval rating from Democrats is the second highest level of party support for a first-year president, trailing only the 92 percent Republican support for George W. Bush in 2001.

On the other hand, Obama's 23 percent rating among Republicans is tied for lowest party rating of a rookie president, matching GOP "backing" of Bill Clinton back in 1993.

"Prior to Ronald Reagan, no president averaged more than a 40-point gap in approval ratings by party during his term," said the Gallup report. "Since then, only the elder George Bush has averaged less than a 50-point gap."

"I think we live in a divided country," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told USA Today. "Washington has been a polarizing place for quite some time."

As an extension from the Cap-and-Trade fallout, Messa blames the health care debate for the attacks and his resignation.

"Mine is now the deciding vote on the health care bill and this administration and this House leadership have said, quote-unquote, they will stop at nothing to pass this health care bill, and now they've gotten rid of me and it will pass. You connect the dots."

Obama can't seem to unify the votes in his own party, often blaming Republicans for their opposition.

Back door deals, corruption, sexual misconduct, Congressional investigations....different party, same results.

I personally am not surprised.

Just a footnote too Messa's most cutting characterization of Emanuel:

"Rahm Emanuel is the son of the devil's spawn. He is an individual who would sell his mother to get a vote. He would strap his children to the front end of a steam locomotive."

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