Democratic Ethics and Charlie Rangel: Fail, and Fail Again…UPDATE: Rangel Stepping Down…

Rangel enjoying a corporate sponsored trip...

Democrats have an interesting tactic.  Fail miserably, announced that you failed, and then repeat the failure for good measure.

Just think about it.

The stimulus bill was supposed to keep unemployment under 8.5% and create 4 million jobs.  Fail.

Health care was supposed to pass by August.  We are still waiting with bated breath.

Cap-and-trade?  Dead as a doornail.

The only thing left is failing on the issue of political ethics.  And again, Nancy Pelosi is not up to the challenge.

Nancy Pelosi, at the 1:19 mark on election night 2006:

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“The Democrats intent to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical congress in history.”

How long did that promise last?  Not even to inauguration day 2007.  And Charlie Rangel illuminates everything that is wrong with the Democrat Party today.

Everyone this side of the Hudson River knows Charlie Rangel is corrupt.  It is not even a debatable issue right now.  Heck, Rangel himself agrees with the inconsistencies…though he blames his staff for the errors.

The problem is simple:  Rangel is well liked.  He is a true war hero, fighting valiantly in the Korean War and earning a Bronze Star.  He was elected as a reformer, and as a liberal, championed many worthy causes.

But ultimately, that means nothing if you can be bought.   And Rangel, although not clearly being bought off, has reached that moment where he passes the line where the appearance of impropriety makes his job untenable.

And yet, the Democrat leadership backs Rangel.  Why?  Simple politics.  Rangel is a political powerhouse.  He has support of numerous legislators because his PAC has given money to them for years.  He is among the leaders of the Black Caucus.  And he has been a stalwart defender of Nancy Pelosi.

But, Pelosi’s ability to protect the powerful Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee is drawing to an end.  Simply put, there is ‘to much there, there.”  The first signs of the break are numerous Democrat legislators, primarily in red districts, who have called for Rangel to step down.

Republicans are going to force the issue. They plan to bring to the floor this week a resolution calling for Rangel’s ouster as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Democratic aides say defections from vulnerable Democrats may give the GOP enough votes to prevail.  Republicans plan to bring to the floor this week a resolution calling for Rangel’s ouster as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Democratic aides say defections from vulnerable Democrats may give the GOP enough votes to prevail.

And yet, Rangel somehow emerged from the Speaker’s office on Tuesday night with his gavel intact.

This should be a no brainer for Democrati leadership.  Of course, the words ‘no brainer’ and ‘Nancy Pelosi’ inherently have issues.

UDPATE:  Rangel does finally appear to be stepping down.  Why they didn’t force his hand a  year ago is beyond me…I guess better late than never.