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AP: GOP Gets Its Wish With Rangel Trial

From the Democrat Party’s shameless lickspittle stooges at the Associated Press:

GOP gets wish: Rangel case in campaign season

By Larry Margasak, Associated Press Writer

July 30, 2010

WASHINGTON – Republicans wanted an election-season ethics case against Democratic powerhouse Rep. Charles Rangel of New York. And now, it looks like they have one.

A House ethics panel of four Democrats and four Republicans, who will determine Rangel’s guilt or innocence on 13 ethics charges, held its organizational meeting Thursday. The message going forward, from the top Republican on the panel, was: Let the trial begin

Republicans have already been making Rangel a campaign issue, and a fall trial would give them expanded opportunities. It can’t start until September, because Congress takes off in August.

Have you ever noticed that, at least according to our news media, the Democrats never have any ethics scandals? No, instead they are always the innocent victims of the wily political operatives of the GOP.

For instance, in this case, Mr. Rangel would never be facing an ethics trial if it weren’t for the Republican Party sensing an opportunity to score some political points right before the mid-term elections.

Soon after the charges were revealed, the National Republican Senatorial Committee warmed up its campaign message, issuing news releases in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Louisiana and Florida. The statements asked why Democratic Senate candidates in those states haven’t yet returned money Rangel raised for them.

How shameful. You would never see the Democrats exploiting any ethical lapses to score political points. — Because our one party media would never present it that way.

For Rangel, a trial is a terrible embarrassment for a former Ways and Means Committee chairman who held sway over taxes, trade, Medicare, Social Security, portions of health care reform and other major issues…

Of course Mr. Rangel isn’t the slightest bit embarrassed at what he did. He is just embarrassed at the idea of a trial. Though, unfortunately for the Democrats, not yet embarrassed enough to call it off by agreeing to a deal.

It would take at least one Republican vote to halt a trial. And ethics chairman Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., has made it clear she wants the committee to be unanimous at this point to avoid partisanship.

Notice the AP is pointing out that it would only take one Republican to give in and let the loveable old Charlie Rangel (who is a Korean War veteran) off the hook.

And if the AP can’t convince at least one hard-hearted Republican on the ethics committee to relent, they are hoping to get Mr. Rangel to cop a plea, even at this late date:

If Rangel admits to all the violations, the trial could be stopped and the ethics committee would proceed to penalty deliberations. Possibilities range from a highly critical report of Rangel’s conduct, a reprimand or censure by the House to a fine or even expulsion. The latter is highly unlikely.

In other words, the AP is telling Mr. Rangel he has nothing to worry about if he will just agree to admit to everything. He will only get the mildest of slaps on his bejeweled wrist.

Isn’t it heartwarming to see our journalists take such an active interest in this man’s fate?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 30th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “AP: GOP Gets Its Wish With Rangel Trial”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    I notice that the AP writer Larry (lickspittle) Margasak left his DNA and lipstick prints all over the donkey (D) ass!!
    Nancy Piglousys’ lap dog / houseboy not looking so good these days.
    Looks like the swamp she forgot to drain is taking down the most ethical……..
    and it’s all the GOP’s fault.

    If they only had a brain……..a heart………courage.

  2. untrainable says:

    Rangel should be in prison, but as we all know (see li’l Timmy Geitner’s problems with TurboTax) when a Democrat doesn’t pay his fair share, or even a PERCENTAGE of his fair share, it’s not his fault. It was just a mistake. Probably by one of his woefully underpaid underlings. Why can’t we all just get along… huh?

    As far as political Rangel-ing, wasn’t Charlie the one who suggested that we re-institute the draft and then blamed the suggestion on Republicans? That was around election time a few years back if I’m not mistaken.

  3. proreason says:

    I don’t understand the flap over Rangel.

    What has he done that is any different than what 99% of all Democrats do? Other than Pelosi and Drooling Barney, he is the most representative Democrat in country.

  4. tranquil.night says:

    “For instance, in this case, Mr. Rangel would never be facing an ethics trial if it weren’t for the Republican Party sensing an opportunity to score some political points right before the mid-term elections.”

    Gotta chckle at the Partisan Political Operatives / Apparatchiks of the State Propaganda Network. Their masters have turned journalism into an excersize in robotics and mind-control, just like our state culture and state education.

    My assumption has always been that Rangel was caught and cornered by his crimes to the point that Pelosi literally can’t keep him out of harm anymore. But as Steve correctly points out, now even the Disassociated Press is telling Rangel to just play ball and all will be fine in the end. State Propoganda has really been trying to keep this story on the backburner while the Dems try and wRangel him back into camp.

    Pack of Menthols says that isn’t the case. I think the Dems are in trouble because Rangel’s vindictive that he’s the only one being made to “take his lumps” as the Bamster would say.

  5. wardmama4 says:

    I have to ask – What did Rangel do and when did ______(fill in the appropriate option, the DNC, The WH, Pelosi and/or Fox News/Glenn Beck) find out. As pointed out – he is just another lying, cheating, hypocritical Dem – Why the investigation, trial and calls for him to step down? What is the Dem Propaganda Machine MSM covering up?

    And I would bet my last dollar – that We The People won’t find out until Dec 2012.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “What I want to find out is — What did you know and when did you know it?”

  6. oldpuppydixie says:

    In a way I’m rather surprised that none of the committee republicans have sold out. After all, the perpetually spineless party leaders would be loathe to criticize even so despicable an act. And Juan McCain saves his attacks for CONSERVATIVE members of his party. The media would fall all over itself in admiration for such a merciful and thoughtful bit of compassion. Hell, the guy might even get a congratulatory call from Hussein himself. In any event, don’t be too shocked if it happens. Republicans have a remarkable talent for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. I believe the accepted, DC definition is bipartisanship. Always one way, of course.

  7. canary says:

    Obama & Democrats want no punishment with Rangel who is so loved he could win another term.

    AP: Obama calls charges against Rangel ‘troubling’
    by Laurie Kellman 7-30-10

    WASHINGTON – …He’s somebody who’s at the end of his career,” Obama said in an interview that aired Friday on “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.” “I’m sure that what he wants is to be able to end his career with dignity. And my hope is that it happens.”

    Obama, speaking on the issue for the first time, praised the 20-term Rangel for serving his constituents well

    , Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., told reporters, “but, you know, there’s no criminality here.”

    Back home in Rangel’s Harlem district, he remains revered and could well win reelection if his political career survives the ethics probe.

    Democratic leaders are urging their members to cast the election as one about a choice between their party, which under President Barack Obama has overhauled health care and Wall Street, and a GOP-tea party…

    Rangel retained many supporters Friday. The New York delegation and the Congressional Black Caucus, which was co-founded by Rangel,..

    Gene Green, the Texas Democrat…, told reporters that his committee recommended a relatively mild punishment for Rangel — reprimand, a statement of wrongdoing voted by the whole House that carries no other penalty.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100730/ap_on_go_co/us_rangel_ethics


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