Found here. Short version: Charlie Rangel got away with it. …Dammit. It’d be nice to have some good news in contemporary American politics for a change.
Kasich’s opening remarks, which were followed by a question-and-answer session, focused on his fiscal record as a congressman, where he chaired the House Budget Committee, and as governor of Ohio, where he has eliminated an $8 billion deficit without raising taxes. He also talked about the need for a renewed bipartisan spirit on both sides of the aisle, citing Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill, and Jack Kemp and Charlie Rangel, as models for contemporary lawmakers to emulate.
(Bolding mine.) Charlie Rangel?
This is practically the Platonic Ideal of Let’s You And Him Fight:
Representative Jim Moran of Virginia, a Democrat known for his bullying behavior and loyalty to the Democratic House leadership, scolded Representative Charles Rangel of New York over his opposition to intervention in Syria on MSNBC on Tuesday night. Moran said that, because “we have the world’s largest military,” the U.S. has a responsibility to “do the right thing” and intervene. He bluntly told Rangel, a Korean War veteran, that “not only is your position wrong, but you’re going to cripple our president for the next 40 months.”
That, ladies and gentlemen, is going to be the measure of just how viciously the administration is going to try to whip – yes, I do think that my choice of metaphor is deliberate – its Congressional wing back into line. Jim Moran going Full Metal Neocon on Charlie Rangel, complete with a stealth deployment of the race card*? Truly, these are strange days. (more…)
Apparently nobody’s really sure at the moment: original reports had Rangel winning by 1,034 votes. However, what can be fairly described as tabulation “irregularities” have come to light, thus causing Rangel’s lead over contender Adriano Espaillat to shrink to 802 votes. With about 2,000 absentee/affidavit votes remaining, the primary election is still very much now in doubt. It’s also now going to the courts.
I was researching something else entirely when I came across this old post about Charlie Rangel and the tainted Mexican drug money that he at first accepted. At the time, I listed everybody in Rangel’s Rangel Victory Fund (where a large portion of the aforementioned tainted Mexican drug money ended up) and asked if they were planning to give that money back? To the best of my knowledge, none of them did. Then again, none of them are currently in Congress, so that kind of balances things out, huh?
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It’s been mostly generating extremely angry ‘comments’ about Charlie Rangel being merely censured for doing stuff that would get most of us in thrown jail. Apparently spammers are as ticked off at Dizzy City Democratic games as the rest of the country; go figure.
…either that, or he’s just as cynical as I am in calling Charlie Rangel’s likely punishment a ‘wrist-slap.’ Sure, he was convicted on 11 of 13 ethics charges, but who here really expects expulsion? Censure? We’ll be lucky to see a reprimand… and, given the skeptical nature of the Hill article, it’s actually unlikely that the Democrats will either actually fine Rangel, or reduce his privileges. And forget Rangel resigning, of course: if he was seriously considering it, the reliably Democratic shills over at CREW wouldn’t dare to offer the suggestion. The Democratic Establishment: can’t live with them, pass the beer nuts.
Ach, well. At least Rangel couldn’t bankroll candidates this election cycle. That was something, at least.
I have to admit, I’m of two minds on this. On the one hand, the guy is as guilty as sin. On the other hand, I don’t respect an ethics panel created under the 111th Congress and chaired by Zoe Lofgren, either. Something about how oversight in the former has been made a mockery of by the political party that would assign the latter to what should have been a serious ethics investigation. It’s hard to take this any more seriously than Charlie Rangel does, particularly since everybody knows that the Democrats won’t expel him from the House even after they find him guilty.
I say ‘primary’ because the likely Republican candidate – Rev. Michel Faulkner – in NY-15 does not, to the best of my knowledge, has a DUI arrest and two rape accusations hanging over him. This would make him different from, say, Adam Clayton Powell IV, who is the likely primary challenger (H/T: Instapundit) to Rep. Charlie Rangel; and before anyone complains, it will readily be conceded that Powell was convicted of a lesser charge on the DUI situation. It will even be readily conceded that the then 41-year old Powell claimed that the two sexual encounters (one of which was with his 19-year old intern) were consensual, and that neither woman (including the one with his 19-year old intern) followed through with pressing rape charges.
Again, I readily concede this. Sure. Adam Powell IV only drives almost drunk and gets permission before he schtupps his barely-legal employees. No worries there, right? (more…)
I TOLD all of you. But did you listen? No. I was ignored. Ignored! But it’s downright obvious by now. Don’t believe me? Well, below is Charlie Rangel, explaining why he decided not to take a plea bargain:
How lucky are you when God tells you that you don’t have to take a plea … that you can tell them, let the facts speak for themselves.”
Fronting reporters later, Rangel changed his tune somewhat about any divine guidance he may have received, the New York Daily News reported.
“I exaggerated. I really didn’t talk to God … I said that in the heat of the campaign but no, she hasn’t spoken to me recently,” he said.
Bolding mine. With this use of the feminine pronoun Rep. Rangel’s clearly referring to Sophia there, which as everybody knows is one of the feminine manifestations of what Gnostics consider to be the true Godhead (not the Demiurge that created the world in mainstream Gnostic thought, of course). It thus follows then that Rep. Rangel is engaging in a personalized metaphor where his life represents the entanglement of the soul in the corruption and dross materiality of this flawed universe; but just when it seems that the soul is trapped forever, Sophia comes to reveal to it an alternative to submitting to gross reality. You can instead embrace the true, ethereal nature of the soul, and allow yourself to be in the corporeal world, but not of it – which will then allow you to suffer the physical world’s outrages and offenses against you as the meaningless acts that they are. When it comes right down to it, this is pretty solid mysticism, here; and it’s also pretty brave of Rep. Rangel to demonstrate the worthlessness of the physical universe by using himself as the metaphysical canvas. Truly, this man is an inspiration to esoteric adepts everywhere.
Alternatively, Charlie Rangel’s an idiot.
…and will ride this puppy all the way down, bless his heart.
For those living in a cave, Charlie Rangel* (D, NY) is about to get served with ethics charges by the House Ethics committee for committing ethical violations (mostly involving real estate) beyond the power of the House Ethics committee leadership to plausibly overlook… not that they didn’t try their best. In keeping with this tradition of benign overlooksight, it turns out that Rangel met with the Ethics Committee Chair Zoe Lofgren (D, CA) without any pesky Republicans around to hear about any particular deals that Rangel might or might not have been willing to make to avoid embarrassing the Democratic party in public. I can’t imagine why the GOP would be worried about that, though: it’s not like Rangel gave three Democratic members of the Ethics Committee campaign money… oh. Right. He did. (more…)