Eric Massa in 2007: GOP Has Become ‘Constricted in Its Own Twisted Evil’
I first encountered former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) at a 2007 forum on, of all things, the media, at the 2007 Yearly Kos convention. (Starting in 2008, the annual event was renamed Netroots Nation.) Massa portrayed himself as an angry ex-Republican who considered himself part of the liberal blogosphere — a movement with an output he compared to the writings of Thomas Paine. Over 15 minutes, he lit into Bill O’Reilly — who was encouraging advertisers to dump the convention on the grounds that it was sponsored by a “hate site” — and drew bigger and bigger cheers from the crowd.
To my surprise, a slightly edited video of that speech is still online. Behold, the new hero of Glenn Beck and Mark Levin.
I didn’t leave the Republican Party. It ran away from me, and it ran away from this country, and it has become so constricted in its own twisted evil that even those who look in the mirror and say “I’m a Republican” can no longer say it, unless the bathroom door is closed and no one can hear them! You see, the Republican Party may have once been the party of the big tent, but it’s now become a very, very small outhouse. And you know what it’s full of. And Bill O’Reilly, I’m talking to you!
Note also Massa’s passionate embrace of universal health care.