Friday, March 05, 2010

Charlie's been a very bad boy ~ By Craig R. Smith

Craig R. Smith asks why Nancy Pelosi isn't telling Charlie Rangel that he should step down from his powerful position as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. As he discusses in this column, there are probably a few reasons why she doesn't. Be sure to see the related video below the column for further explanations...
Ethics and accountability are to Nancy Pelosi what holy water is to the devil. She can only pray that other Democrats demand Charlie's resignation for her, which I suspect will happen. In all of this, she will once again show the American people she is not a leader, but a loser.

By Craig R. Smith

Posted: March 01, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2010

In keeping with her commitment to the American people, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should demand the resignation of Charlie Rangel, the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Charlie has been a very bad boy.

Pelosi announced in 2006, after the victories returning Democrats to the majority, "The American people voted to restore integrity and honesty in Washington, D.C., and the Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history."

Now Nancy has a chance to honor her word. Or will she weasel around and come up with several lame excuses as she has since taking her current position.

She has an opportunity here with Rangel to follow her own moral compass. Who can forget the vitriolic position Pelosi took against Tom Delay in 2004? DeLay was admonished by the ethics committee, and Pelosi let him have it with both barrels: "Mr. DeLay has proven himself to be ethically unfit to lead the party."

But that wasn't all. She went on to say, "The burden falls upon his fellow House Republicans. Republicans must answer: Do they want an ethically unfit person to be their leader, or do they want to remove the ethical cloud that hangs over the Capitol?"

Good question Madame Speaker! It's one you should ask yourself and fellow Democrats this weekend. The ethics committee is not yet done with Mr. Rangel. It is still conducting an ongoing investigation of his questionable activities. I suspect it will find more dirt on the embattled chairman. Why not spare him the pain and get him out now? What reasons could she find to keep him?

Quite a few.

March 3, 2010 - Charlie Rangel's Statement, and not to be rude, please, don't ask questions!

Charlie's statement reminds me of an episode from Columbo: "one more question, please" - and then Charlie Rangel buries himself, steeped in vast lying, and then he steps down from the House Ways and Committee.

And of course, it is just temporary while all he has done has been swept under the rug. While he makes a public statement, he tells the reporters to not ask questions. How hilarious is that? But the best part of the video is that the reporters, being rude, went ahead and asked questions! Columbo must have been in the audience! "Excuse me, just one more question..." Journalists 1, Rangel 0.

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