Will GOP Jihad Dethrone Charles Rangel?

Don’t bet on it. The Republicans have a two pronged approach to dealing with the Manhattan Congressman’s admitted bookkeeping lapses. On the one hand, they would revel in the chaos that would follow if they were successful in forcing him out as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. At the same time, they’d like nothing better than to use Congressman Rangel as a symbol or litmus test in next year’s congressional elections.

Neither will work. They’ve already tried to pass a resolution calling on Rangel to step down.

It failed miserably. Now, one of the congressmen leading the GOP jihad, John Carter of Texas, has had to admit to failing to disclose nearly $300,000 in profits from oil stock sales in 2006-2007.

Congressman John Carter, Texas
Congressman John Carter, Texas

While some might look at this as the height of hypocrisy, Carter and his friends in the House say they’ll press on trying to push Charles Rangel out as chair of Ways and Means.

As is typical when the pot calls the kettle black, Republicans try to differentiate between Carter’s failure to disclose and Rangel’s.

It doesn’t hold water, and they know it. But they press on, because in  the end they have little else to run on next year but the twin fears of Charlie Rangel and Barack Obama. Now be honest. Other than the nonsensical effort to insert health insurance co-ops in place of a public option, what new ideas have you heard from Congressional Republicans?

The answer is few if any. In fact, Charles Rangel has introduced and helped pass more legislation important to the American people than all his detractors combined.


He has admitted to sloppy record keeping. It was Charles Rangel who asked the House Ethics Committee to investigate him, and it was Charles Rangel’s forensic accountants that found the tax and disclosure discrepancies in the first place.

So let John Boehner and John Carter do their worst. Charles Rangel has a distinguished history of service to his country (as a US marine) and his congressional district (take a walk through Harlem if you don’t believe me).


The Ways and Means Committee is one of the most powerful in Congress. That’s why they’re trying to take Charlie Rangel down.

Expressions of support, now a whisper, will turn into a deafening roar. Republicans will have to come up with more than just nit-picking to explain their own ethical problems. And in the end, no matter what you think of the dean of New York’s congressional delegation, he’ll prevail.

That’s what I think. How about you?

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6 thoughts on “Will GOP Jihad Dethrone Charles Rangel?”

  1. I’m ambivalent about Rep. Rangel, but not because of his sloppy finances. First, his service staff was a help to me when a gov’t agency lost my paperwork/application for 8 months some years go. However, keeping in mind that I voted for him in every one of his primaries for this seat, and general elections (except the last one). I was against the Bail Out bill last Sept.2008 and requested he bail out people not banks. He was unresponsive about ADAPT’s legislation about community care/longterm at home care for people with disabilities and elderly (having some legislation of his own that was not as good). For 10plus years, ADAPT has been working on community choice CCA,
    see http://www.adapt.org – the right to chose between staying at home with attendant care or a nursing home. The cost of living at home with help is cheaper usually.

  2. I heard Rep Rangel speak some years ago at a Law School commencement, and though I did not agree with his point of view, I believed him to be a patriot…in service to our country. I no longer feel that way… He, Carter, Sanford, Dodd and any regardless of which side of the aisle they reside upon who deem to profit in the service of our country should be removed from office… immediately.

    Please do not get me going about Geitner…

  3. Charlie Rangel may be evidence of only one real problem in politics:

    Allowing elected officials like Charlie Rangel to become career politicians. Democrat or Republican, their all guilty of largess, scandal and cover ups and it only happens to visible when the party in power begins to move their political agenda forward.

    We’ve had more than a number of politicians make it clear to the electorate that we need to elect representatives that will craft legislation more important than even health care reform:


    If an individual can only be elected President for 2 terms, than we really need to consider establishing term limits for the Senate and House of Representatives.
    .-= Michael Corley´s last blog ..Hello world! =-.

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