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  •  this investigation began 2 years ago if I'm not (3+ / 0-)

    mistaken. Surely, this illustrious and dazzling array of grey matter could have come up with a conclusion to this investigation before two years which, coincidentally, occurs one month before campaigning begins in earnest.

    The timing of it all is extremely suspicious - if not entirely negligent on the part of the members of this committee.

    No doubt in anyone's mind that the GOP members of this committee had everything to do with the timing of this investigation.

    The "tools" of the radical right: fear, hatred, division. Spiritually, they are totally 'bankrupt' individuals.

    by larkspurlane on Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 02:28:37 PM PDT

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    •  you're not supposed to say that in polite company (1+ / 0-)
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      save this kind of talk for the conspiracy planning room, plzthx. the very possibility that the Republicans have a hitlist of trees to shake with very low hanging branches, is, well it's almost guaranteed. but nevermind that. the LAW has caught up with Charles Rangel and so now Charles Rangel must be held responsible for all the harm he's caused.

      Aperture Science. We do what we must, because we can.

      by lincoln deschain on Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 02:38:30 PM PDT

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      •  "all the harm"??!! (0+ / 0-)

        He was trying to raise money for a school...I have seen no indication that he profited from it, or harmed anyone in the slightest, for crying out loud.

        Perhaps he may have stretched the rules somewhat, but as others point out, I suspect he is not unique in such practice, and it's hard for me to believe that he would so adamantly deny even these minor petty charges unless he has substantial basis for that.

        Anyway, I can't see how even if "guilty" as "charged" on all points, these matters could be grounds for more than a slap on the wrist, especially in light of much more egregious bending and breaking of rules by others.

        I think this is no coincidence, but like with Waters, just right wing grandstanding.

        The "Ethics" Committe is made up of 3 Republicans a Blue Dog, and two Democrats....go figure.

        As to any "harm" to the Party at election time, lol...sure, the Right will scream bloody murder about these trumped up "charges", but that's what they do, and if it wasn't this it would be some other bogus bullshit.

        Ultimately, I think this, like the charges against Waters, will backfire on the Repubs, because Maxine and Charlie's very large and loyal constituencies, and sympathizers around the country, will see it for what it is, a racist partisan attack just before the elections, and we will be all the more fired up to rally electoral support for Democrats across the board, to hit the right back, hard, at the polls.

        "...a printing press is worth 10,000 rifles..." Ho Chi Minh

        by Radical def on Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 10:18:59 AM PDT

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        •  ah...having watched the video now, heh... (0+ / 0-)

          Correction and clarification on my previous comment:

          I see that he does acknowledge that he did break some rules, which he acknowledges is "serious", and that he should be held accountable.

          Yet and still, the "charges" still seem petty and minor, to me...

          And he does adamantly deny any "corruption" or personal gain, attibuting these matters to error and negligence, at worst. and demanding a fair hearing and timely appropriate resolution.

          Here is his formal written response to the "charges", that he recently submitted:

          Rangel's response to the charges (7/28/10):

          Other documentation, including Statement of Alleged Violations:

          House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (Ethics Committee)

          These are the members of the full committee (not the subcommittee that dealt with the details of these charges, I think).  This is what i thinking about, when I mentioned the Blue Dog...and it's five from each party, rather than three, on the full committee.  I haven't found yet, who's on the sub-committee:

          Democratic Members:

          Zoe Lofgren (Chair): California

          Ben Chandler (Blue Dog Coalition member), Kentucky

          GK Butterfield, North Caroline

          Kathy Castor, Florida

          Peter Welch, Vermont

          Republican Members:

          Jo Bonner (Ranking Republican Member), Alabama

          Mike Conaway, Texas

          Charles Dent, Pennsylvania

          Gregg Harper, Mississippi

          Michael McCaul, Texas

          "...a printing press is worth 10,000 rifles..." Ho Chi Minh

          by Radical def on Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 11:27:29 AM PDT

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    •  And 2 years ago Dems controlled the House n/t (0+ / 0-)

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