Last night Massa appeared on the Glenn Beck Show and confirmed two things. First that the allegations are true and second, that he is completely out of touch with reality.
The Washington Post reported this morning:
Conservatives had hopes that the now-former Democratic congressman from Upstate New York, who resigned abruptly under an ethics cloud, would deliver the goods about corruption and strong-arm tactics in the Obama White House and Congress. But instead, Massa served up an icky new confession.
"Now they're saying I groped a male staffer," he volunteered. "Yeah, I did. 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."
Beck looked aghast. "Was your wife at that one?" the Fox News Channel host asked.
"No, this was in a townhouse; we all lived together, all the bachelors and me," Massa explained. "My chief of staff had a conniption and said, 'You can't live there, that's not congressional.' "
I wish my 50th birthday party had been that much fun. We're supposed to believe that after-hours life on Capital Hill is like one of those 1950's "physique" magazines where oiled up young men in posing straps were photographed innocently rough-housing in elaborately staged settings that usually included such macho staples as sailor hats and lots of rope, cowboy hats, boots and cap guns or Grecian columns and lots of draped faux satin, as if it's an every day occurrence.
Beck tried to move the conversation in a different direction, but his guest resisted. "Let me show you something," Massa proposed, proffering a book with photos of bawdy Navy rituals from the days when he was a sailor.
"You're going to show me tickle fights?" Beck inquired.
"I'm going to show you a lot more than tickle fights," Massa promised. Beck put on his reading glasses, then judged that the images should not be shown on television. "It looks like an orgy in 'Caligula,' " Massa asserted.
If that's true, I'm moving back to DC.