THE SAPIENT SPARROW: conservatism for commoners

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AFP/Getty Images/File – US Representative Eric Massa, pictured in 2009, resigned suddenly this week facing harassment allegations …

In the interest of “closure”, here is an excerpt of an article by Michael Scherer.  The excerpt, I think, sums up the appearance of Massa on Glenn Beck’s show last afternoon.  Time to move on, nothing to see here, and we have bigger fish to fry.

… in Massa, Beck found a sort of liberal doppelganger, a mesmerizing train wreck of a man who was impossible to undercut in the classic fashion. To many conservative allies of Beck, it probably didn’t come as too much of a surprise. In recent days, prominent Republicans like Bill Kristol had expressly warned Beck and others about coming to Massa’s defense just because he was alleging dirty tricks by the Obama White House. “We shouldn’t get into the business of being pro-Massa just because we are anti-healthcare,” Kristol said Monday on Fox. The ruling talk-radio king, Rush Limbaugh, spent much of Tuesday making clear that he would not be tied to Massa, after spending much of Monday praising Massa’s revelations about Democratic Party politics. “Anybody who embraces this guy is in big trouble,” Limbaugh said.

Beck would not budge. But as those 60 minutes came to an end Tuesday afternoon, [Beck] seemed to recognize that he had fallen into a trap. “I think I have wasted your time,” Beck said.


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