But the congressman who has become D.C.'s latest punchline (and punching bag) is also, the Washington Monthly's Steve Benen reminds us, human. Struggling under the dual pressures of enduring lymphoma and running a congressional office may have just been too much for him. Rather than taking a whack at the latest political pinata, Benen attempts something very rare in beltway punditry: actual human sympathy.
It's an almost tragic ending to what was once a promising career. The right-wing will no doubt embrace him as some kind of hero -- a "victim" of Democratic heavy-handedness -- but in truth, it sounds like Massa is going through a very difficult personal time right now, and he's dealing with the issues in a destructive and unhealthy way. That's not heroism; that's just sad.Benen added of the unfolding drama, "it only adds to the personal tragedy of Eric Massa. As he approaches rock bottom, he's burning bridges with his former allies on the left, and finding the drawbridge rising among his sought-out friends on the right."
He concludes, remaking on Massa's Glenn Beck interview, and perhaps of the entire Massa saga, "Was there any real point to this bizarre political theater? Not so much."