Wednesday, March 10, 2010

March 10, 2010

       Nobody ever said Congress isn't a weird place.  Or if they did, they were  wrong.      Comes now the case of ex-Congressman Eric Massa, who resigned this week.  The New York Democrat was accused, or maybe suspected, of groping his staff.  He first said he tickled them.  Men, not just women.  I don't think I've tickled a guy since I was seven.  Maybe eight.      Then he told Fox News he'd groped them too.  "Not only did I grope him, I tickled him until he couldn't breathe and then four guys jumped on top of me.  It was my 50th birthday.  It was 'kill the old guy.'  You can take anything out of context."  I guess so, ex-Congressman, but what context, exactly, was that?      All this came after Massa alleged party leaders forced him out because he was going to vote against the health care bill.  They denied it and to be fair it doesn't seem as if Massa needed much help in resigning.  Kind of self-inflicted, don't you think?      Anyway, health care will be a close vote in the House.  It passed by just five votes last time and some of the yes votes then were from Members who don't like the Senate version, which they will apparently be asked to vote for this time.  One Republican who also was going to resign says he'll stay on for a bit just to vote no.  The one Republican who voted for it says he'll vote no now too.      And then it would go back to the Senate, which would be asked to approve the final compromise version.  Under the rules they won't be allowed to filibuster, but they will be allowed to offer amendments, and more amendments, and still more.  Just straightforward legislating, right? 
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