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Posted at 5:58 PM ET, 12/ 2/2010

Charlie Rangel: censured!

By Jonathan Capehart

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) always acted like he was in a class by himself. The series of ethics charges against him are testament to that. And moments ago the legendary congressman from Harlem and toppled chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee became the first member of the House of Representatives to be censured in 27 years. He's now the 23rd.

By an overwhelming vote, 333 to 79, Rangel's colleagues added a sad, but necessary, asterisk to his storied career. He and his supporters, most notably fellow New Yorker and Republican Rep. Peter King, tried to make the case that what he did was not on par with the admittedly more serious offenses committed by others who were censured. But that argument didn't hold sway. You can't run the tax writing committee of the Congress and be in violation of the nation's tax laws. And you can't refuse every effort to reach a deal that would have avoided today's spectacle and then pray that your colleagues will have mercy on you as you sit in the well of the House awaiting their verdict.

After a pained reading of the censure resolution against him by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rangel addressed the chamber. "I know in my heart that I'm not going to be judged by this Congress," he said, "but I'm going to be judged by my life." A life that has been a true American success story -- until this moment.

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 2, 2010; 5:58 PM ET
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Citizens who dodge taxes can have their wages garnished, or worse, can go to jail.

Representatives of those citizens who dodge taxes, get their hands slapped, and have Chris Matthews profess his love of them on his television show.

Now, THERE'S fairness...

Throw this hypocrite in jail.

Posted by: jpmenavich | December 2, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

It is sad, somehow, that the Successor to Adam Clayton Powell had much the same fall as his predecessor, but he did do the dems a great service.

Let's see the republicans show the same consideration to their next crook, like the Newt.

Betcha it don't oppen GI.

Posted by: ceflynline | December 2, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Capehart, I sympathize with you. You're having a hard time accepting that Charlie is a crook. You're twisting and turning, trying to find someone to blame, to point the finger at, to claim some sort of discrimination and disrespecting. I feel for you. B

ut you shouldn't take it personally. Black politicians...or sort-of Black politicians...or politicians who make a career and a fortune out of the sort-of color of their skin, aren't necessarially saints...and they aren't necessarially honest.

This has everything to do with a crook playing the politics of race getting caught doing really blatant stuff and nothing to do with you. Unless of course you are also a crook and are also playing the politics of race.

Posted by: wjc1va | December 2, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

How different your column would have been today if he would've "manned up" and said "I want to take this opportunity to apologize to the House and the people in my district for making poor decisions in the past. I accept the censure and plan to wake up tomorrow with a fresh start"
Instead we got more whining...more blame game. He is an old, corrupt, a-hole who thinks working in the same building for 30 years entitles him to cheat us. KARMA dude.

Posted by: dcjayhawk2 | December 3, 2010 6:14 AM | Report abuse

Why so harsh?

Posted by: GaryEMasters | December 3, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

I read on another page that Wesley Snipes is heading to prison for 3 years for not filing tax returns...why does Rangel not face the same consequences for, in part, the same thing?

Posted by: mlhs | December 3, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

mlhs; all,

because Charlie Rangel is a DIMocRAT, a member of "the ruling class" & because he's in Congress & obviously is NOT subject to the same laws that us "regular folks" must observe. he seems (for the time being at least) to be IMMUNE from having to obey the laws of the USA.


the preceding disgusting situation of "special rules for special people" is WHY the TEA PARTY is growing at about 6 percent a week & why the TEA PARTY will DUMP the vast majority of DIMocRATS out of every elected/appointed office, from the county courthouse to the White House, in 2012. = the DIMocRATS are FINISHED as a major politcal force, starting in just two years, as the majority of union families/independents/"rural folks" no longer trust the DIMocRATS to be even minimally honest, to represent the voter's desires and/or even likely to protect our liberty as Americans.

the New Deal Coalition is splintered beyond repair. furthermore, we "rank & file"/moderate to conservative voters are GONE FOREVER from the DIMocRATS party & there simply aren't enough LEFTIST nitiwits/antisemites/extremists/bigots/dumb-bunnies left to win many future general elections.

to ALL: IF you are as angry at/disgusted with THE MESS that BHO/the DIMocRATS have made of our country over the last few years, join your local TEA PARTY group. you will be warmly welcomed & immediately "put to work" to help us take our republic back from the elitist, hate-FILLED, SELF-important DIMocRATS/LEFTISTS.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | December 4, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

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