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The flaw in David Plouffe's November strategy

The "no bed-wetting" mantra of David Plouffe, President Obama's campaign manager who has been recruited to help thwart disaster in the looming midterm elections, should buck up the confidence of some wavering Democrats. But there’s a flaw in the seven-point strategy Plouffe outlined in a Post op-ed over the weekend, and his name is Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.).

Plouffe argues that Democrats should try to distinguish themselves on ethics. “The GOP cannot hold a candle to us on reform issues,” he writes.” Let's make sure we own this space.”

It’s hard to own reform, though, when the Democratic chairman of the House Ways and Means committee is under investigation for ethics violations.

You can read the litany of Rangel’s alleged abuses here and here. Most damaging to date were the updated financial disclosures he filed last September that showed he neglected to report not one but two checking accounts valued between $250,000 and $500,000. That plus other previously unreported income doubled his net worth from between $516,015 and $1,316,000 to between $1,028,024 and $2,495,000.

The head of the congressional body that writes the nation’s tax laws should be above reproach. As long as Rangel is head of Ways and Means, the Democrats' reform efforts will be a joke.

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 25, 2010; 7:12 AM ET
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You can also add Montana Sen Max Baucus to the list of ethically-challenged democrats. After accepting $3 million in health industry campaign contributions, he used his position as Senate Finance Committee chair to write a health "reform" bill that abandoned the Dem's core principles, including single-payer coverage and safe drug reimportation. The bill, instead, would have created an All-American payer the health and pharmaceutical industries.

Posted by: mtpeaks | January 25, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Between Jan. 20, 2009 and Jan. 22, 2010 — roughly Obama’s first year in office — the Washington Post ran 260 front page stories on "health care reform."

the Post buried the death of Obamacare in Congress on page 6

Posted by: jeffreid1 | January 25, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

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