Rahm in the nude


Imagine Rahm Emanuel butt naked if the shower, if you can. No, this is not him.

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.


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  • Probably no more odious than Steve Lawrence in the steam room in The Blues Brothers.

    However, with the way this congressman is flipping off about the cause of his resignation (is he under investigation, did he grope, did he get off groping, did Pelosi force him out because he didn't vote for health care), he doesn't show much fortitude. If Pelosi tried to force him out, he should have resisted it. However, I'm sure that the Finger Lakes were well served by his representation (not).

    Now, if they could only get rid of the occupant of the NY 28th, which was continually gerrymandered to keep her incompetent self in office. (P.S. I used to live in some form of her district, although probably would not now, if I still lived there. I might have been in this wiener's, except where I lived was too close to the line to be sure.)

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