Rangel's Censure Is a Joke
Post columnists question the fairness
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2010 9:59 AM CST
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., speaks to the media after he was censured by the House.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – If his House censure is still stinging, Charlie Rangel would do well to pick up today's Washington Post. Columnists Dana Milbank and David Broder don't exactly make the case he's innocent (not even Rangel does that), but they lend sympathetic voices:

  • Milbank: He belittles the House ethics panel, calling it rank hypocrisy that Rangel got singled out for common behavior. "If it's any consolation, Rangel should know that however harmed he was by the censure, the entity that was really disgraced was Congress itself. This is because Rangel's two-year battle with the House ethics committee exposed the woeful state of lawmakers' abilities to police their own." Full column here.

  • Broder: He likens Rangel's case to that of Dan Rostenkowski's in the late '80s. "He and Rosty had the same view of the hometown patronage games that brought them down. They wanted the perks that went with their positions of power. But they used them more often to help others along than for themselves, and they weren't greedy. Often, they were just sloppy about the demands of the new era of politics." Full column here.

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Dumb Dumb
Dec 5, 2010 9:36 AM CST
I guess the point is that all politicians are crooks, and we should expect, and know this fact. Where did America go wrong?
schmidtkoff
Dec 4, 2010 9:14 PM CST
"let me tell you about the very rich. they are different from you and me." f. scott fizgerald. the rich will almost always be absolved from penalty, law, permanent censure. oh there are exceptions, madoff comes to mind but only because the underdog curs yelped so loud that finally the govt. took notice. aside from that it seems that greed for more and more wealth, more and more acquisition of baubles, trinkets, shoes (imelda, hello!), whatnots etc. is in and of itself rather self-defeating. trinkets and such cannot bring about anything more than a false sense of self. and a sorry self it is.
Edct
Dec 4, 2010 4:03 PM CST
He should have been put in prison for tax evasion....the American government is a pathetic joke of dishonest whores who claim to be representatives of our country...they all need to be thrown out and start over with honest citizens.