Make that three of us. But not necessarily for the same reasons. Admittedly, I was only half-listening to last night’s 2:00 a.m. replay of the Glenn Beck program while doing some work for school, but it seemed to me that the interview was just as unfortunate for Glenn Beck as it was for Eric Massa.
Now, I’m not going to go as far as Nancy Pelosi as to say that Massa “is a very sick person,” but it made me extremely uncomfortable to listen to the ease with which the former congressman discussed living with and roughhousing with “The Bachelors,” apparently unattached male members of his staff. I mean, heck, Michael Jackson thought he had an innocent relationship with children.
However, I’m also not going to submit that pressure over health care reform was not responsible for Massa’s resignation. The apparent cancer diagnosis did, after all, force him to say that he would serve out his term but would not return, while the immediate resignation came later. I would not put it past Pelosi or Rahm “Go Ahead, Drop The Soap” Emanuel to twist some arms–or whatever other appendages they can get their fingers around–to pass their destructive plans for health care reform.
The bottom line, though, is that the interview did nobody any good. And Glenn Beck is certainly included in that. He came off as overzealous, as though he was digging and digging and digging for information and explanations that simply were not forthcoming, and he was incredibly late to the party when it came to understanding that substance and Eric Massa simply do not make good bedfellows.
America’s Right’s own Randy Wills, in an e-mail sent to me this morning, said that Beck seemed to just “want it too much”–the “it” being dirt on the innerworkings of the Obama administration–and that he did “tremendous damage” in allowing him on the show. I agree, recalling at one point that Beck seemed to be actively searching for a way to tie the unions and SEIU into the Massa “tickle fight” story.
Glenn Beck needs to remember that credibility is incredibly difficult to build, and very easy to tear down; while I don’t think there was lasting damage here–what news commentator wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to have the marquee interview?–I hope he has learned that it is unwise to hastily cede control of his credibility to someone else.
All in all, this thing is a nightmare all around. In my opinion, the left is doing a good enough job devouring their own — it might be enough that we sit on the sidelines of Democratic Party infighting, pop some popcorn, and just enjoy the show.