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Eric Massa on Glenn Beck: The best/worst televised political implosion ever?

If you missed former New York Rep. Eric Massa's hour-long appearance with Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck earlier today, you missed a landmark moment in the annals of televised political implosions.

But, where does Massa's rambling rant that included -- among many other things -- repeated mentions of tickle fights, a chest x-ray used as a prop and a series of personal attacks on White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel rank among the best/worst implosions ever?

Below we've nominated five memorable moments. Cast your vote. Did we miss a good one? Offer it in the comments section below.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 9, 2010; 6:58 PM ET
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@lithium452

Please check your facts before posting or just stop posting. He came in on the coat tails of the Obamessiah. He barely won and if he were in the race w/o these issues that seat will still be lost by the Dems.

Posted by: traderdad37 | March 12, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Makes you wonder what kind of complete idiot lost to Massa in the last election. Apparently one who couldn't afford opposition research.

Poor Beck, trying to forward the story into Pelosi's yard and all he got was a post-interview snorkel from Massa.

Posted by: lithium452 | March 10, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

May I write in Bob Livingston's resignation not only from the speakership but his own House seat - on live television, Dec. 19, 1998?

Posted by: mattintx | March 10, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Stupid article, stupid question, stupid poll, stupid answers by stupid bloggers.

Posted by: depoulins | March 10, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Both parties stink on ice.

Posted by: RayOne | March 10, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

PALIN/MASSA 2012 ????

PALIN - BEEBLEBROX - 2012 !! is the dream ticket (and there's already bumper stickers)

Posted by: Denswei | March 10, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

It was a perfect illustration to millions of viewers of why we don't need to waste our time on either Massa or Glenn Beck. Do yourself a favor, Fox, and get rid of Beck.

Posted by: bwshook1 | March 10, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Eric Massa's 15 minute of fame still has maybe one more 7-second sound bite to run. Then we will never hear from him again. His opinion of Rahm Emmanuel is unnecessary, when so many other sitting members of Congress can tell stories that are just as scintillating.

Just as an indication of his irrelevance -- Jay Leno never mentioned him last night.

Posted by: JBaustian | March 10, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

The service of this story is that from start to finish, there is no national story of worth, Massa is the Monica of 2010.

Posted by: RayOne | March 10, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

"I am not a crook."
—Richard Milhous Nixon

"Only dead fish go with the flow."
—Sarah Palin

Posted by: Bondosan | March 10, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Q. What's the difference between Bud Dwyer and Bud Light?

A. Bud Light has a head on it.

Bah-doo-bop

==

best post in a loooong time. I emitted a harsh cold bray of laughter

not the good clean kind either

Posted by: Noacoler | March 10, 2010 3:54 AM | Report abuse

After 25 years we can finally retire the idiom: "Jump the Shark" to refer to "A defining moment when you know that your favorite television program has reached its peak. That instant that you know from now on...it's all downhill." to quote Jon Hein

The new one shall be "Beck the Massa."

For the next 25 years "Beck the Massa" will be infamous across the land as the epitome of gotcha political theater.

Posted by: boscobobb | March 10, 2010 2:14 AM | Report abuse

It isn't a poltical figure per se but how about Jon Stewart going on Crossfire and lighting up Tucker Carlson and CNN in general? Paul Begala saw the bear was out of the cage and just kind of giggle along.

Posted by: matthewcolley | March 10, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

I would ignore 37th. He is an undergrad at Georgetown University. What his debating skills say about the state of higher education in this country aside, I think we can all agree that it is rather pathetic that he is in front of his computer rambling like a lunatic instead of our getting drunk like a normal college student.

Posted by: njacobs | March 10, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Eric Massa is the new superstar of the Teabaggers.

Massa is going to get an offer by Fox News to do a two hour show every night.

He's an f-ed up crazy liar who hates Democrats, he's perfect for Fox.

PALIN/MASSA 2012!

Posted by: ottoparts | March 10, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

@almars: whooooosh.

Anyone thinking about suicide needs to get it through his head that any pity for him will last at most a week, and that he will be the butt of jokes thereafter. Knowing that may keep someone from doing it.

OTOH I wish 37th and the "ped" troll would follow ol' Budd's lead. We'd have better discussions and the world would be a better place.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 9, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Another repeat post by 37th.  I think he's posted this same piece of hysterical crap a dozen times today, several times in each thread.  He defends this with some snide crap about TV commercials.  Problem is that TV commercials are in an ephemeral medium, vibrations in the air and photons moving away at the speed of light, while each copy of these posts is just as readable as it was when first posted.
We all know that 37th is very sick, probably a druggy, brain-damaged and compulsive.  This is clearly abuse, just like the triple-spacing and the dull-witted use of all-caps, and it's clearly intended to out-shout everyone else and dominate the blog.  It fails to make any other point, of course, the posts are far too stupid and extreme to convince anyone of anything.  By posting them over and over, by taking up as much space as he can manage, this brain-damaged cretin wants to prevent real discussion from happening here.
And where he bans people for calling out racism, Cillizza, the eternal shill for the GOP, seems perfectly happy with it.

To hell with them both.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 9, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Chris


almars is right


Cillizza = Chee leetz' a


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Chris, I feel bad that you have apparently, a number of readers so callous as to make jokes about and treat lightly the suicide of Bud Dwyer. I do not remember it and watched the video tonight. It is horribly disturbing and sad to those of us, apparently a bit better wrapped in the pre frontal cortex than those who wrote such crass comments. They reminded me of some of the boys from high school before the wiring in that section of their brains was complete. Sad.

On a lighter note but serious in its implications about the dumbing down of our great nation; as an italiano-Americano, will you have Olberman and others pronounce your terrific name correctly from now on?

Can they not make the connection between Pacino and capuccino and Ci? Will you help them make the connection between the i in ci and the i in liz? And if they are able to pronounce pizza, will you encourage them to pronounce lizza?

Cheel leetz' a Cillizza
salizza really hurts the ears, no?

Ciao, Alberto

Posted by: almars | March 9, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

The Nixon speech - "You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore" - that has to be one of the greatest

Jimmy Carter - he had the Moral Equivalent of War speech- which did not work very well.

Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Chris, I feel bad that you have apparently, a number of readers so callous as to make jokes about and treat lightly the suicide of Bud Dwyer. I do not remember it and watched the video tonight. It is horribly disturbing and sad to those of us, apparently a bit better wrapped in the pre frontal cortex than those who wrote such crass comments. They reminded me of some of the boys from high school before the wiring in that section of their brains was complete. Sad.

On a lighter note but serious in its implications about the dumbing down of our great nation; as an italiano-Americano, will you have Olberman and others pronounce your terrific name correctly from now on?

Can they not make the connection between Pacino and capuccino and Ci? Will you help them make the connection between the i in ci and the i in lil? And if they are able to pronounce pizza, will you encourage them to pronounce lizza?

Chee leetz' a Cillizza
salizza really hurts the ears, no?

Ciao, Alberto

Posted by: almars | March 9, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

An off topic poster thinks that "Miranda warnings" have something to do with intelligence interrogations. Or perhaps he knows better and is simply repeating a post with a false premise, again and again, in order to merely spread propaganda.

Posted by: MoreAndBetterPolls | March 9, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Al Queda is VERY WELL KNOWN for using multiple bomb plots - and multiple planes in its attacks.


So, instead of questioning the Detroit bomber on the possibility of additional bombs, Obama gives the terrorists a lawyer.


We have to wait 5 weeks for any intelligence.


THAT IS PUTTING THE LIVES OF AMERICANS AT RISK UNNECESSARILY.


Obama SHOULD RESIGN IMMEDIATELY FOR JUST THAT.


This is not an impeachable offense ??? Yes it is.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Chris, you need to update and correct this post adding the caveat "...other than Budd Dwyer."

Posted by: JMPITRELLI4 | March 9, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Massa should have stayed where he was, I still don't understand the crack-up.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Things only got worse when Massa went on Larry King. That video is here:
http://www.gotchamediablog.com/2010/03/larry-king-is-eric-massa-gay.html

Posted by: mjwilstein | March 9, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I have a few MPEGs of Budd Dwyer's press conference.  He seems almost calm, not self-pitying, slightly resigned sounding.  He hands out the three envelopes, people rise and take them, looking confused.  Then he reaches under the podium and takes out a thick manila envelope.  Rattling paper, out comes the Magnum, a big gun.  Shouts.  He backs to the wall, sounding concerned for the safety of others in the room.  "Someone might get hurt," holding out the other hand to warn people away.

Then he backs to the wall, sticks the barrel in his mouth, his eyes get wide, there's a popping sound, screams.  What's most amazing is how immediately he falls, everything goes limp, it's almost like gravity has help.  The camera zooms in (some cameraman was *on his toes*), blood streams out his nose.  Shouts.  Fade to black.  If anyone wants a peek send me your FTP site or whatever.

Talk about a "meltdown."  Mark Sanford?  Please.  He's just pathetic.  Dwyer is reality.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 9, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

On second thought, make mine Bud Dwyer, too.

Posted by: Larryman | March 9, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Sanford and now will bask in my self-loathing for even having knowledge of the rambling's of jerky philanderer. Now I will go see if the Bachelor Wedding re-run is on or perhaps the Idol results show.

Posted by: Rickster623 | March 9, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Bud Dwyer! I remember reading about him in a Bill Bryson book [The Lost Continent]. There was a local joke that went:

Q. What's the difference between Bud Dwyer and Bud Light?

A. Bud Light has a head on it.

Bah-doo-bop

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 9, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm beginning to think Mr. Massa would get vertigo in a sewer...

Posted by: Trustingsoul | March 9, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Good one, Chris F.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | March 9, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

You guys know NOTHING.

Google Bud Dwyer.

End of thread.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 9, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Piyush Jindal

He can not be included in this competition.
He was authentic, he was himself, there was no drama, no drama, no drama, no drama, zzzzzzzzzzzz...

He is what he is and he is a good guy.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 9, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

From the Appalachian Trail to Argentina, the Sanford saga beats them all. International intrigue, soul mates, and sex. Yes, I love it! When's the movie coming out?

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 9, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton's televised deposition, which defined his presidency.

"It depends on what the meaning of 'is' is."

"Mistakes were made"

On the right, Bobby Jindal's speech.

Posted by: dc_attorney | March 9, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Sanford was the best, absolute best. Can I vote again?

Posted by: october30 | March 9, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

In the modern era, the Haig moment was the closest America has come to a military coup. It is funny because it was never real.

Yet I thought it worth mentioning, because it is so serious. There is something pretty strong about this country. People betting against it keep losing.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 9, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I forgot. One great implosion wasn't directly televised but it was taped and subsequently got huge play, at least in some circles.

Francine Busby running in the 50th in a special election for Randy Duke Cunningham's seat back in 2006, told a largely Hispanic -- and non-English speaking crowd -- that "You don't need papers to vote." This happened just a few days before the election and most polls at the time showed her with a slight lead. This comment cost her the seat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f9vbngizSI&feature=related

Posted by: anon99 | March 9, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

The Haig one was a classic because the press immediately swarmed him. In a way, it was a great moment in American constitutional democracy as everyone -- except, apparently, Haig himself -- was well-versed enough in basic civics to instantly recognize that Haig had no authority whatsoever.

Posted by: anon99 | March 9, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Mark Sanford,
obviously,
look at it again.

He could have been a contender,
The competition?
Their names are only on the list because of the event.

In terms of power momentum vanishment,
Mark gets the first post credit!

Muskie cries v Palin reads all of them is a toss up.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 9, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

BB, it does not seem like much now, but Muskie was the insider for the nomination and would have been a superior candidate to McG. But he cried while defending his wife. Totally screwed his campaign.

Muskie is up there ahead of Dean, who was not the insider before the '04 election.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | March 9, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

No, you can't watch.

Posted by: tossnokia | March 9, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather go out in private. I've got two tickets to paradise and we're going to disappear. Pack your bags, we'll leave tonight.

Posted by: tossnokia | March 9, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

When is it Schumer's turn to have a scandal? He must feel left out in New York.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 9, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

I heard that Massa met secretly with Bill Clinton for advice when the story first broke out. Massa would not reveal what Clinton advised, but he emphatically told a reporter as he left the meeting, "I did not have sex with that man!"

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 9, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

"Not only did I grope him I tickled him until he couldn’t breathe and then four guys jumped on top of me."


Like I said before, who is the real teabagger?

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 9, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Props to Mark. I'd entirely forgotten about Admiral Stockdale--a man who'd served his country honorably and didn't deserve to be a laughing stock. I'd still put Dean at the top as Stockdale never really had a political career.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 9, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

"Not only did I grope him I tickled him until he couldn’t breathe and then four guys jumped on top of me." --Eric Massa on Glen Beck (well, not literally ON Glen Beck)

Seriously, how does the Nation of Washington, Adams, Monroe and Lincoln keep electing these fools to high office? He was supposed to represent the people of his district, not play grabass with his employees. Liberty weeps...
http://presidentsuit.com

Posted by: PresidentSuit | March 9, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

"Not only did I grope him I tickled him until he couldn’t breathe and then four guys jumped on top of me." --Eric Massa on Glen Beck (well, not literally ON Glen Beck)

Seriously, how does the Nation of Washington, Adams, Monroe and Lincoln keep electing these fools to high office? He was supposed to represent the people of his district, not play grabass with his employees. Liberty weeps...
http://presidentsuit.com

Posted by: PresidentSuit | March 9, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Muskie cries.

Haig is in charge.

Palin reads all of them.

"Who am I? Why am I here?" - Admiral Stockdale. The man was well qualified to be a really good VP but he had no business on TV without a lot of prep and a hearing aid that actually worked.


Posted by: mark_in_austin | March 9, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Of this list, I'd vote Sanford for #1. Most of the others were already done by the time they hit the screen. The clear #1, however, wasn't on the list. The Dean scream ended his candidacy.

Thanks for the link, CC. The right-wing blogarati's embrace of Massa is quite amusing.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 9, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Massa imploded, Beck was neutered. He didn't dare use one of his talking points because Massa was so unpredictable.

Posted by: AverageJane | March 9, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Massa imploded, Beck was neutered. He didn't dare use a one of his talking points because Massa was so unpredictable.

Posted by: AverageJane | March 9, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Massa is old national news, his story is a red herring. ObamaCare is the issue this season.

Posted by: RayOne | March 9, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Dean Scream?

Posted by: CajunElephant | March 9, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

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