Charlie Rangel’s political career and reputation are crumbling along with Democratic support in the House of Representatives. The final collapse will occur in the public spectacle of a Congressional trial obliterating all sense of the dignified end the president would prefer.
Barack Obama told a CBS reporter it is time for Rangel’s career to end with dignity. With a list of 13 serious House Ethics violations alleged, Rangel is blaming his problems on careless and clumsy paperwork. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Black Caucus refuse to criticize Rangel, but were unable to postpone the end game of a two-year investigation, and failed to convince Rangel to negotiate a settlement with the Ethics Committee.
The examples of bumbled paperwork never caused Rangel to pay higher taxes or disclose assets. Every example was a financial, personal or political gain. The pattern of advantage Rangel defies his explanation. Rangel went to the well with that excuse too many times.
The public disclosures certain to come out of the trial, which is not a criminal trial, will be a feeding frenzy in the media and an embarrassment to the Democratic Party and the New York Democratic machine in particular, but there is more at stake in this game.
New York is the home of Hillary Clinton and the state invested heavily in her 2008 run. Grudges between the New York and Chicago factions run deep over Obama’s DNC convention victory over Clinton. New York, along with the rest of the country, is awakening to the reality that with a flat economic recovery, the Wall Street financial reforms, high unemployment, the pending health care plan and looming tax hikes cannot be sustained by the country.
When Obama’s rhetoric switched from “Hope and Change You Can Believe In,” to “Things could be lot a worse,” Democrats refused to accept the soporific and felt shivers down their spines at words understood as a prophetic warning of things to come. The hope is gone and the change coming from Obama’s academic utopians is not what they signed on for.
Sparked in some small part by the Tea Party Movement, both the Democratic and Republican parties sense a growing discontent and the demand for change coming from tax-paying constituents. Party leaders are desperate to adapt. The Republican Party reined in the Tea Party by convincing Minnesota’s Rep. Michelle Bachman to convene a House Tea Party Caucus. The caucus will shatter the movement’s cohesion by dictating marching orders to the aggregated Tea Party leaders who organized in protest against the chaffing inaction and incompetence in Washington, D.C.
Expect Rangel’s resignation from the House of Representatives prior to the start of trial proceedings and Hillary Clinton’s resignation as Secretary of State next year. She’s got a campaign to win, and her fight is not overseas. It is a conundrum for the Republicans. They have yet to find a candidate who might defeat Clinton in 2012.
The Other McCain, a friend and a blogospheric force who has much deeper sources and experience around the Washington, D.C. heart of darkness than I, is not yet convinced about a Hillary run in 2012.
Stacy notes that Sarah Palin’s two million Facebook followers and growing support make her a viable Republican choice in 2012. I cannot disagree with him on that. She is a force to be reckoned with. I would vote for her in New York minute, but the Republican Party has already moved to reign in the Tea Party with the Congressional Tea Party Caucus and convincing the party’s leadership to fully back a Palin run will be an uphill struggle.
While Palin’s critics go on and on about boob jobs, babies, fences and the daughter’s on-again-off-again romance, little credence is given to her accomplishments as governor of Alaska. Consider the following:
By Dewie Whetsell, Alaskan Fisherman.
As posted in comments on Greta’s article referencing the MOVEON ad about Sarah Palin.
The last 45 of my 66 years I’ve spent in a commercial fishing town in Alaska . I understand Alaska politics but never understood national politics well until this last year. Here’s the breaking point: Neither side of the Palin controversy gets it. It’s not about persona, style, rhetoric, it’s about doing things. Even Palin supporters never mention the things that I’m about to mention here.
1. Democrats forget when Palin was the Darling of the Democrats, because as soon as Palin took the Governor’s office away from a fellow Republican and tough SOB, Frank Murkowski, she tore into the Republican’s “Corrupt Bastards Club” (CBC) and sent them packing. Many of them are now residing in State housing and wearing orange jump suits The Democrats reacted by skipping around the yard, throwing confetti and singing, “la la la la” (well, you know how they are). Name another governor in this country that has ever done anything similar.
2. Now with the CBC gone, there were fewer Alaskan politicians to protect the huge, giant oil companies here. So she constructed and enacted a new system of splitting the oil profits called “ACES.” Exxon (the biggest corporation in the world) protested and Sarah told them, “don’t let the door hit you in the stern on your way out.” They stayed, and Alaska residents went from being merely wealthy to being filthy rich. Of course, the other huge international oil companies meekly fell in line. Again, give me the name of any other governor in the country that has done anything similar.
3. The other thing she did when she walked into the governor’s office is she got the list of State requests for federal funding for projects, known as “pork.” She went through the list, took 85% of them and placed them in the “when-hell-freezes-over” stack. She let locals know that if we need something built, we’ll pay for it ourselves. Maybe she figured she could use the money she got from selling the previous governor’s jet because it was extravagant.
Maybe she could use the money she saved by dismissing the governor’s cook (remarking that she could cook for her own family), giving back the State vehicle issued to her, maintaining that she already had a car, and dismissing her State provided security force (never mentioning – I imagine – that she’s packing heat herself). I’m still waiting to hear the names of those other governors.
4. Now, even with her much-ridiculed “gosh and golly” mannerism, she also managed to put together a totally new approach to getting a natural gas pipeline built which will be the biggest private construction project in the history of North America. No one else could do it although they tried. If that doesn’t impress you, then you’re trying too hard to be unimpressed while watching her do things like this while baking up a batch of brownies with her other hand.
5. For 30 years, Exxon held a lease to do exploratory drilling at a place called Point Thompson. They made excuses the entire time why they couldn’t start drilling. In truth they were holding it like an investment. No governor for 30 years could make them get started. Then, she told them she was revoking their lease and kicking them out. They protested and threatened court action. She shrugged and reminded them that she knew the way to the court house. Alaska won again.
6. President Obama wants the nation to be on 25% renewable resources for electricity by 2025. Sarah went to the legislature and submitted her plan for Alaska to be at 50% renewable by 2025. We are already at 25%. I can give you more specifics about things done, as opposed to style and persona. Everybody wants to be cool, sound cool, look cool. But that’s just a cover-up. I’m still waiting to hear from liberals the names of other governors who can match what mine has done in two and a half years. I won’t be holding my breath.
By the way, she was content to return to AK after the national election and go to work, but the haters wouldn’t let her. Now these adolescent screechers are obviously not scuba divers. And no one ever told them what happens when you continually jab and pester a barracuda. Without warning, it will spin around and tear your face off. Shoulda known better.
You have just read the truth about Sarah Palin that sends the media, along with the democrat party, into a wild uncontrolled frenzy to discredit her. I guess they are only interested in skirt chasers, dishonesty, immoral people, liars, womanizers, murderers, and bitter ex-presidents’ wives.
So “You go, Girl.” I only wish the men in Washington had your guts, determination, honesty, and morals.
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First Lady Michelle Obama’s Servant List and Pay Scale
First Lady Requires More Than Twenty Attendants
1. $172,2000 – Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff)
2. $140,000 – Frye, Jocelyn C. (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy And Projects For The First Lady)
3. $113,000 – Rogers, Desiree G. (Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary)
4. $102,000 – Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady)
5. $100,000 – Winter, Melissa E. (Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
6. $90,000 – Medina , David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
7. $84,000 – Lelyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady)
8. $75,000 – Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady)
9. $70,000 – Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady)
10. $65,000 – Burnough, Erinn J. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)
11. $64,000 – Reinstein, Joseph B. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)
12. $62,000 – Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady)
13. $60,000 – Fitts, Alan O. (Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady)
14. $57,500 – Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady)
15. $52,500 – Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary to The First Lady)
16. $50,000 – Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special=2 0Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide to The First Lady)
17. $45,000 – Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of Correspondence For The First Lady)
18. $43,000 – Tubman, Samantha (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office)
19. $40,000 – Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
20. $36,000 – Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary)
21. $35,000 – Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)
22. $35,000 – Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady)
(This is community organizing at it’s finest.)
There has NEVER been anyone in the White House at any time who has created such an army of staffers whosesole duties are the facilitation of the First Lady’s social life. One wonders why she needs so much help,at taxpayer expense, when even Hillary, only had three; Jackie Kennedy one; Laura Bush one; and prior to Mamie Eisenhower social help came from the President’s own pocket.
Note: This does not include makeup artist Ingrid Grimes-Miles, 49, and “First Hairstylist” Johnny Wright, 31, both of whom traveled aboard Air Force One to Europe .
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Yes, I know, The Canadian Free Press has to publish this because the USA media is too scared they might be considered racist. Sorry USA.
Michelle Malkin recalls House Speaker nancy Pelosi’s pledge to “drain the swamp” of corruption, but Pelosi’s dykes of bluster and race-baiting have plugged the drain. Looks like California’s Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters is going to have some of what Rangel is facing, too, according to Moe Lane at Red State.
An Associated Press article on the ethics investigation of Waters includes this snippet:
“Both Waters and Rangel are prominent members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the trials would be an embarrassment for the group. Dual ethics trials would also be a major political liability for Democrats, forcing them to defend their party’s ethical conduct while trying to hold on to their House majority.”
Waters came under scrutiny over federal funds to a bank that her husband is a stockholder and member of the board of directors.