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NYT: Rangel Censure Vote ‘Rings Loudly’

From a red-eyed New York Times:

As Rangel Stands Silently, Censure Vote Rings Loudly

By DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI
December 2, 2010

WASHINGTON — Representative Charles B. Rangel, his gaze steady and his hands clasped before him, stood silently in the well of the House of Representatives on Thursday as Speaker Nancy Pelosi somberly read a resolution censuring him for bringing discredit to the House.

Ms. Pelosi issued the punishment minutes after the House voted 333 to 79 for the censure, the most severe sanction it can administer short of expulsion.

The vote made Mr. Rangel, a Democrat, the 23rd member of the House to be censured, and the first in nearly three decades.

The last being that exemplary Democrat, Gerry Studds [sic], whose sexual escapades with underage male pages has helped to make him a hero to some Congressmen.

After receiving his punishment, Mr. Rangel, 80, asked for a minute to address his colleagues and told them: “I know in my heart I am not going to be judged by this Congress. I’ll be judged by my life in its entirety.”

And the House then applauded Mr. Rangel’s self-serving and unrepentant remarks. What punishment! What shaming!

[T]alking to reporters after leaving the House floor, Mr. Rangel’s old pugnacity returned as he denounced the vote as partisan.

“I am confident that when the history of this has been written,” he said, “people will recognize that the vote for censure was a very, very, very political vote.”

Referring to misdeeds of others who had been censured, he said: “I did not curse out the speaker. I did not have sex with minors. I did not steal money.” When a reporter asked him what he felt as he stood in the well, he asked, “Are you a licensed psychiatrist?”

Censure might have meant something once upon a time, but it is meaningless now. The Democrat politicians of today have no shame. Mr. Rangel’s remarks prove that. 

Only two Republicans, Representatives Peter T. King of New York and Don Young of Alaska, voted against the censure resolution. African-American members largely stood with Mr. Rangel, too, with just one member of the Congressional Black Caucus casting a vote for the censure.

“I have never heard anyone question Charlie Rangel’s integrity,” Mr. King said in his remarks on the House floor

Mr. King needs to see a hearing specialist.

Meanwhile, Duke Cunningham is sitting in a federal prison. He didn’t do anything much worse than ‘Good Time Charlie’ Rangel, except for the crime being a Republican. Mr. Cunningham didn’t even constantly point out that he was a war hero.

And look at what they have done and are still doing to Tom DeLay. Not even the editors of the Washington Post think Mr. Delay did anything wrong, except of course for committing the unpardonable crime of being a Republican.

After the censure vote, reporters pressed the congressman about whether he would serve out the rest of his term, and run again. “At my age,” he replied, “I don’t buy green bananas.”

Mr. Rangel even steals other people’s jokes. (In this case, from the late Florida Democrat, Claude Pepper.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 3rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “NYT: Rangel Censure Vote ‘Rings Loudly’”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Just because a man goes to his grave adamantly denying something, it doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

  2. Right of the People says:

    I missed the part where they take his sword and then cut the epaulets off of his jacket. So when is Charlie going to jail?

    Oops, I forgot, he’s not a Republican. My bad.

  3. untrainable says:

    Yay. Because “censure” has worked so well on North Korea, and Iran. We’re so much better off because we threaten without consequence.When confronted with empty threats, even a 5 year old understands how to push the envelope. Seems to me that Charlie pushed, got busted, and got away with it anyway. Why should he stop now? But then ending corruption isn’t the objective here is it? Why bother?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I’m warning you. This is the last warning you’ll get. Hey! OK, this is now the last warning. I’m serious. You’d better—don’t you look at me like that—OK, last warning….I mean it this time….1…..2…….Hey….I’m warning you!

      *sigh*

  4. Enthalpy says:

    I doubt that it could be lawfully done, but the old coot should be tried in court. All of Rangel’s protests would evaporate. The argument that others have done what he’s done is irrelevent. He was caught. He’s nasty and arrogant and deserves to lose his job and pension.

  5. Chase says:

    Steve hit it on the head when he said these politicians know no shame.

    A censure would have been a terrible thing to suffer in the days and generations following it’s promulgation. But since the days of Teddy, and all of those who have been caught with prostitutes, running prostitution rings, freezing large sums of dirty money, slapping Capitol security, not having sex in the Oval Office, or participating in insider trading for real estate and other sweet deals, it is business as usual. There is no worry about character; what matters is the pork and influence they bring/foster. There is no reverence and respect for those who have stood in their places before them, at their desks, or in their offices. An impending censure would have sent an honorable man quickly into ignominy. Now, we get Good TIme Charlie, unrepentent, standing in the Congress, and then cracking jokes and receiving applause and handshakes. He should have been shunned. He should have been boo’d. Yes, he should never have been there but should have fled in shame.

    New rules need to be promulgated. The measures no longer hold any power or substance.

    Term limits. Trial in Federal courts.

    I didn’t steal anything. The shameless twisting of ‘tax cheat!”

    Did he pay it back, with penalties?

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    Congressional Censure makes Congress a whore and Charlie a John.
    Don’t ya think? I mean….he did them!!

  7. Perdido says:

    Did he pay the taxes?
    Yes.
    Will the issue be pressed by the IRS?
    No. Mr. Rangel came forth voluntarily after seeing the handwriting on the wall. This is, ostensibly, a forgiveness available to all who come forward.
    Will the despicable hypocrisy of him having written the very laws he ignominiously flouted have a career ending effect?
    Ha. HA HA HA. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha HA HA HA. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha HA HA HA. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha HA HA HA. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha HA HA HA. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha HA HA HA. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha HA HA HA. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha HA HA HA HA. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha HA HA HA. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha HA HA HA. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha HA HA HA HA. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha HA HA HA. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha HA HA HA. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha HA HA HA HA. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha HA HA HA. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha HA HA HA. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Damn I’m stupid.

  8. GL0120 says:

    Could you imagine a world where after forgetting nearly a million dollars in income and violating several other laws, the punishment would be to stand and listen while only one of six counts were read?
    Golly gee, I promise not to do that again, please don’t make me stand here and listen to what I’ve done.
    No, us poor saps who’ve been paying the salaries of people like Rangel and Turbo Tax Tim would have our assets seized and thrown in jail.

  9. proreason says:

    Example 96,072 of how marxists have redefined morality.

    Relativism kind of sounds like a mature and realistic approach to life, until you realize that in practice it is simply a device to allow criminals to get away with anything, while punishing YOU for following timeless moral principles.

  10. BigOil says:

    You couldn’t write a better political ad than this. The cabal of Democrat criminals cheering on Charlie the tax cheat. If there was ever any doubt where the culture of corruption is, this episode should end all conjecture.

    It is unlikely the RNC has the guts highlight the adventures of Charlie and Maxine. In the minds of to many Republicans, fear of the race card outweighs fighting for the good of the country.


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