Apparently the absurdity of Rangel’s request wasn’t lost on the ethics panelists, who denied the request saying Rangel had ample time to prepare his defense. Two years, you think?
Ethics committee panelists, responding to Rangel’s announcement that he will not participate in the proceedings, said it was “fundamentally unfair” and “an astonishing display of professional irresponsibility” for Rangel’s lawyers to drain the congressman’s resources and then withdraw on the eve of the hearing. No, folks, fundamentally unfair would be panelists who accept these shenanigans as anything but legal gamesmanship.This is only the second time for this type of proceeding in the House since the ethics rules were revamped two decades ago. That is absurd, in and of itself, unless of course, you believe that there havent been any Congressmen in twenty years who violated ethics rules. It’s little wonder that crooks like Rangel think they can get away with anything and break any rules they want when the mechanism to mete out justice is only employed twice in twenty years. If the panel does the right thing, and finds Rangel guilty of breaking ethics rules, it could be devastating for Rangel. The penalties must scare the hell out of Chalie, because the ethics investigating panel could actually recommend that the House vote to condemn Rangel’s conduct. Holy crap, not that.
No, the nuts and bolts of what we’re talking about are the legal games Rangel is playing at the eleventh hour to avoid justice. The absurdity of Rangel’s position, that he needs time to get a lawyer, is outrageous for a matter that has been ongoing for more than two years. The truth is that Rangel never believed the investigation would be permitted to run their full course, believing Nancy Pelosi and other ranking Democrats would make his problems go away.
[/box]Rangel is a crook who belongs in jail, which is where any of us would be headed if we’d done half of what Charlie has. This is but another example of why the electorate is finally rising up to throw the bastards out. Our elected officials aren’t royalty, and they’d be well served remembering that.