Did he or didn't he? Is it this the "change" that we were promised? Doesn't he have his own shower? Will this start a trend?
Never thought that the health debate would be overshadowed, as it were, by whether President Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel showed up nude in a congressional locker room shower to threaten a congressman who wasn't voting the right way.
The target of Rahm's pointed and waving finger was former U.S. Rep. Eric Massa, D-N.Y., who resigned amid allegations he sexually harassed male staffers. At least that's what Massa claims:
"I'm sitting there showering, naked as a jaybird, and here comes Rahm Emanuel not even with a towel wrapped around his tush, poking his finger in my chest, yelling at me because I wasn't going to vote for the president's budget. Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?"
Emmanuel was formerly a ranking Democratic leader of the House, so I suppose he figured that, although no longer a congressman, who could (trial)(find)(happen across) an apostate, even in the shower. I imagine a good thing that Massa wasn't having a bowel movement; the image of that confrontation would be even worse and more lasting.
Tribune columnist John Kass takes up the did-he-or-didn't-he debate in today's column. He says that bald-assed threats are not part of the Chicago Way, but I don't know. Getting caught with your pants down is a rather typic pose for aldermen and other nefarious creatures of the Chicago Machine. But I guess that's another kind of nakedness altogether.
So, did he or didn't he? Massa could have made the whole thing up, but considering that it was the foul-mouthed, tough-guy, nasty Rahm Emanuel*, I'm going with Massa. True or not, I'm sure that Emanuel, conniver that he is ("Never waste a good crisis."), would find a way to turn it to his advantage.