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July 23, 2010

Charlie Rangel: I Get No Respect

From those bastards at....NBC.

Yes, pointing out that being charged with evading taxes and breaking House ethics rules might lead to a Congressman losing his office is disrespectful. Can you imagine if Rangel had realized that was Tim Russert's kid? I would have loved to have heard him say, "you're dad would be ashamed of you".

As I said in the comments in yesterday's Rangel thread, as a political junkie I have a soft spot for an old dinosaur like him. The world has changed in the 40 years since he came to office. Sure there's still plenty of corruption, it's just usually a bit sublter these days. But Rangel hasn't changed and he can't understand where the hell some punk from NBC (NBC!) gets off asking the great Charlie Rangel such disrespectful questions or even entertaining such thoughts.

The irony is Rangel gained office by displacing a worn out and corrupt Adam Clayton Powell Jr in 1970. The circle is almost complete.

Don't get me wrong, I think Rangel and his kind belong in jail. That's pretty much the way these stories have to end. He's a guy, like Arlen Specter, who can't imagine life with out the title. He'll either be carted off in handcuffs or carried out on a stretcher but he'll never leave on his own.

Fortunately it looks like there's a healthy House cleaning coming and a bunch of would be Emperor Rangels are going to be dealt with long before they get to this point.

Thanks to Andrew's Dad for the video.

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