The Ethics Election


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Four years ago, Democrats swept to Congressional majorities on an anti-corruption platform and a ringing promise to “drain the swamp” of Washington politics. But as the midterm elections near, the promise looks increasingly hollow. Prominent cases of corruption in Democratic ranks reveal a party mired in the very ethical morass it once promised mop up.

The most notorious example of Democratic corruption – and the most worrying for party heads and spin-meisters as the campaign season starts – is of course Rep. Charlie Rangel. The embattled Harlem congressman spent last Thursday negotiating 13 charges levied against him by a House ethics committee. Rangel doggedly maintains his innocence, but the dossier on his misdeeds is long and growing. Among other charges, Rangel is accused of not reporting $600,000; accepting two separate corporate-sponsored trips to the Caribbean; using congressional stationary to solicit funds for his namesake Charles Rangel Center at the City College of New York. There are also charges that he abused rent control laws in his hometown of New York.

Rangel’s travails have party leaders in a panic. Three of his fellow Democratic congressmen have called on Rangel to resign. President Obama has also weighed in, calling the allegations “very troubling.” In an ominous statement, Obama also said he hoped Rangel could “end his career with dignity.”

Rangel is hardly the only Democrat with ethics issues. Fellow Rep. Maxine Waters has come under fire for allegations that she used her position to help arrange for federal bailout funds for a bank with ties to her husband. Like Rangel, Waters decided last week to face trial rather than accept the ethics charges against her. At the very least, that ensures that the party’s ethical woes will remain headline fodder for some time to come.

The Rangel and Waters cases are particularly problematic because they reinforce a reputation for corruption that has embroiled high-profile Democrats across the country. New York governor Eliot Spitzer was brought down in a prostitution scandal. His replacement, David Patterson, has had ethics problems since taking office. Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was caught attempting to sell president Obama’s former senate seat. The late John Murtha was the target of federal investigators in connection with a lobbying scandal. Accusations also dogged his Virginia Rep. Jim Moran and Indiana Rep. Peter Visclosky.

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  • popseal

    Righteousness flows upward from the people and justice flows downward from the authorities. People get the government they deserve. A righteous people would not tolerate what is happening in D.C. They would be up in arms and anger to overthrow…..wait, this just in…..something called Tea Party is a serious threat to the status quo of the last three generations of corruption. Keep your eye on the political ball Tea Party. Crush the slugs called RINOs and Dems in November

    • guest

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      What the result of this game will be is to
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      give Obama a seemingly valid reason to issue a
      presidential order stopping the elections and
      keeping the current politicians in office until
      the US police forces can end the "Puffie" event
      and arrest/prosecute those playing the game.

      Of course, only Republicans, Independents, and
      T-Party members will be suspects.

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  • guest

    They not only failed to drain the swamp they let the oil spill pollute it.

  • UMCSniper

    This will deliberately become a race card playedright from the bottom of the deck for the ethics reials of both Charlie Rangle and Maxine Waters who are both crooks.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/OLDPUPPYMAX OLDPUPPYMAX

    The left MUST do something to "stir up the base"–that is, BLACK VOTERS–before election day. So Charlie and Maxine have opted for trial rather than wrist-slap! Expect the race card to be played early and often, with perpetual support of the "aggrieved" victims trumpeted by the media. Will it be enoughtto get blacks to the polls in 2008 numbers? Or will dems have to simply depend on Black Panthers and SEIU members to provide polling place "security" in the tightest of districts and states!

  • phillipgaley

    The mid-terms will be a change which people can believe in–we can pray it be so, . . .

  • Chris

    Expect the 'race card' to be played early and often. That's all they got.

  • Sonne

    thank Jeebus that there is no corruption whatsoever among the Republicans, they are all squeaky clean, honest, god-fearing ,faithful men and women!

    • polipath

      Absolutely! You're so perceptive!

  • Sonne

    yeah, here's the list of all Reps and Senators being investigated at this time, 17 Repubs vs. 8 Dems

    # Senators
    Sen. Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey)
    Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska)
    Sen. Roland Burris (D-Illinois)

    # 2 Representatives

    Rep. Charles Rangel (D-New York)
    Rep. John Doolittle (R-California) – Retiring
    Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Florida)
    Rep. Bob Filner (D-California)
    Rep. Jane Harman (D-California)
    Rep. William Jefferson (D-Louisiana) – Indicted
    Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-California)
    Rep. Gary Miller (R-California)
    Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-West Virginia)
    Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pennsylvania)
    Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Arizona) – Indicted and Retiring
    Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California)
    Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)

    # 3 Former members of Congress
    Former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R-Colorado)
    Former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-California) – Convicted
    Former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) – Indicted
    Former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Florida)
    Former Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-Nevada)
    Former Rep. Katherine Harris (R-Florida)
    Former Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois)
    Former Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) – Convicted
    Former Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pennsylvania)

    • coyote3

      The difference is, Democrats are going to pay the price for it.

    • TommyBoy52

      You need to update your list. And you have included former members who were ALL Republicans. This makes it 8 Republicans and 8 Democrats doesn't it? Get rid of them all!

      Ted Stevens (R) was pretty much cleared due to prosecutorial misconduct
      William Jefferson (D) was convicted
      Alan Mollohan (D) lost his seat in the primary
      Charlie Rangell (D) is on the way out
      So is, hopefully, Maxine Waters (D)

  • WilliamJamesWard

    If there are substantiated charges of corruption it does not matter what party the
    offender belongs to, they should be put out of office, not complicated, not to
    hard to understand, its called equal justice. The voters have the final say and
    I expect this November to be a clean sweep of all of the bad crop which is almost
    every one of the criminal class of citizens we employ at our own peril and have
    done so for to long. Vote smart in November, vote the most conservative……….William

  • hikerdude

    Corruption is the D.C. disease that at the present has no immunity serum. It starts at the top and trickles down and infects them all. Term limits may be a serum ? Once they are implanted they become infected. Corruption ,selling out your moral and ethics are what politics are all about. You join the club you get infected . You really have no choice. No politician leaves D.C. a better person than they were before they entered. There is more honesty and ethics in our prison system than in D.C.
    American Christian Infidel
    Michael Canzano

  • TommyBoy52

    Hangin's too good fer him! Burnin's too good fer him!!! He outta be chopped up into itty bitty pieces and BURIED ALIVE!!!

    (Hanover Fist in the movie Heavy Metal)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/pyeatte pyeatte

    Ah, Politicians and vanity – gets them every time.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/toneyal toneyal

    Does the political establishment in DC fit the description of "Organized Crime"?