Corruption

The Fall of Charlie Rangel

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The New Republic's John McWhorter weighs in with an interesting take on the corruption scandal that's threatening to destroy the career of Democratic New York congressman and admitted rent control crook Charlie Rangel:

Why, then, would Rangel be so, as he himself put it, "sloppy" in policing the line between serving larger interests and serving himself, or at least the appearances thereof? Here, after all is the man who came into office watching his predecessor—Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.—dragged down for ethical lapses hardly unknown among white peers.

Racism is, I suspect, part of the story here—but not in the way we're supposed to think. Is there a part of Rangel that has supposed that the ethics are fundamentally different for him since his nonprofit is devoted to battling the legacies of institutional racism? The [Congressional Black Caucus] traditionally calls itself "the conscience of Congress," and in its public statements and activities often functions as a kind of alternate NAACP rather than as a generator of legislation. Under this frame of mind, there would be little difference between serving "myself" and serving "my people." Surely to combat racism is a greater good than any other. My nonprofit is the fight against racism. The fight against racism is me. Me is the fight against racism. Why not improvise a little, especially if no one is looking?

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  1. The New Republic’s John McWhorter weighs in with an interesting take on the corruption scandal that’s threatening to destroy the career of Democratic New York congressman and admitted rent control crook Charlie Rangel

    After 40 years of making a mess of the fiscal system, let’s say that any fall he suffers comes a bit too late for America.

  2. “The racism against me is this big.”

  3. When everyone around you assures you that you shit doesn’t stink, you might actually begin to believe them and stop wiping your ass.

    Either that, or you admit they are all evil and that is why they want power.

    1. I’ll take what’s behind door number two.

      1. Ew. Ew ew ew.

  4. He spent decades in a bubble, with sycophants blowing smoke up his ass, and rich people plying him for favors.

    In that environment, who wouldn’t get to the point where they believed laws were for the little people, and in way was he one of the little people.

    1. In some ways, we have reached the point where laws are for the little people.

      1. In some ways?!?

        1. Well, if it were a universal truth, this thread would be about some other topic.

          1. If it were a universal truth, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

    2. Wasn’t he a vocal critic of Obama and supporter of Hillary during the primaries?

      1. So was Maxine Waters. The coincidences abound.

        1. So how long before people start being found dead after having “committing suicide”?

  5. How do you destroy the career of a guy who has been in Congress for decades, and is eighty years old? His time came and went years ago.

    1. Well, he’ll be on the outs until he dies. Then the image rehabilitation sweepstakes kicks in.

  6. Worthless chiseling little weasely snake-oil selling oleaginous two-bit sanctimonious double-dealing swindling fucking flim-flam man in a cheap suit (by that I mean compared to how much it cost in relation to how much he has stolen from taxpayers…)

    1. Raaaacist!

      1. Please keep making this insightful joke. It’s funny and informative every time.

  7. Wasn’t he a vocal critic of Obama and supporter of Hillary during the primaries?

    Remembering things accurately is racist.

  8. You people are making a mountain out of a molehill; that’s what Krugabe says.

    1. What do you mean “you people”?

      1. What do you mean, “what do you mean, you people”?

  9. The second paragraph nails it. And I don’t begrudge a little numbers fudging to get back at the Man, but a little discretion is advised.

  10. To liberals, none of these infractions rises to level of Palin firing a drunk cop who threatened her family.

  11. “Is there a part of Rangel that has supposed that the ethics are fundamentally different for him since his nonprofit is devoted to battling the legacies of institutional racism?”

    Between this and the Maxine Waters deal, I think it’s pretty clear that this Ethics guy is a racist.

    They should summon this Ethics person to Congress to answer for himself like Mr. Toyoda or the BP executives. I mean, if this Ethics guy can’t conduct himself without being such a racist, then the least he can do is answer for himself before Congress and the cameras…

    There shouldn’t be any room for Ethics in the 21st Century–it certainly doesn’t belong in Congress.

    1. There shouldn’t be any room for Ethics in the 21st Century–it certainly doesn’t belong in Congress.

      Nothing to worry about, it’s just an intermittent glitch in the system. Everything should run fine for at least another decade.

  12. So, do you guys think we’re gonna get some Clay Davis testimony from Charlie Rangel or Maxine Waters?

    I’m all tingly.

  13. “I am not a crook”

  14. Socialism is for the masses, not for the socialists.

  15. Alt text: “jazzy hands”

    1. “What, me worry?”

  16. the corruption scandal that’s threatening to destroy the career of Democratic New York congressman and admitted rent control crook Charlie Rangel

    I have become inured enough to not be surprised, but how come he still has a career following the admission that he cheated on the rent controlled apartments for decades. It’s not like this was something that just slipped his mind for a week or two…

    1. I was wondering the same thing. If there’s *anything* that might fire up New Yorkers who would otherwise just pull the lever for ‘D’ every 2 years, it would be him getting something for nothing ahead of the voters.

  17. Is he going to jail?

    No? Then he hasn’t fallen anywhere but up. He’ll be taken care of and given a posh job for the rest of his life by his fellow crooks.

  18. Ethics are racist.

  19. Is there a member of the CBC, aside from John Lewis, who is admirable in some way other than they managed to get elected to Congress?

    Not that getting elected to Congress is admirable in and of itself, or that the CBC is unique among subsets of pols in having a large number of members who lack admirable qualities, but geez there sure do seem to be a lot of them who are out and out crooks.

  20. Would anyone in congress still be there if there was even a cursory investigation into their behavior?

    1. Freshmen, perhaps. Anyone on any sort of “committee” or who has accumulated any shred of power is a lost cause.

  21. The Congressional Black Caucus traditionally calls itself “the conscience of Congress”

    We comprehend your potato. You’re the “conscience,” making us the white devils.

    1. Shabazz to you buster.

    2. The CBC is Jiminy Cricket?

    3. The CBC is Jiminy Cricket?

      1. Stupid interweb.

        1. Go kill yourself, cracker. I’m busy chillin’ on the couch.

          1. Good. I’d rather you be there than at a polling place with your baton.

  22. Logic does not apply.

  23. “There is indeed something that distinguishes the Congressional Black Caucus from other caucuses in Congress. It is not only an alliance of heads put together, but a massively successful fund-raising outfit, soliciting funds from corporations for nonprofit activities.”

    aka as extorsion, businesses paying off the race grievance industry to get them off their backs

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