Some Congressional Democrats Now Calling for Rangel's Resignation - Page 2
Having your own colleagues asking you to step down is one thing, but now even President Obama has chimed in on the matter, and even he seems to think there's trouble in paradise. In a recent interview with Harry Smith of the CBS "Early Show," the president called the charges against Rangel "very troubling." He also pointed out that Rangel is "somebody who is at the end of his career, 80 years old. I'm sure that what he wants is to be able to end his career with dignity, and my hope is that happens." To be fair, one can only speculate as to what the president specifically meant by that statement; however, if I had to bet a dollar on it, I'd guess that Obama is probably hoping that this issue goes away quickly, especially with the potential of losing a Democratic majority in one or both houses of Congress less than 100 days from now.
So it just keeps going from bad to worse for Charlie Rangel. By many accounts, he's a reasonably nice guy, but at the end of the day, if you're so enamored with the power you've built up over 40+ years as a legislator, Mr. Nice Guy should probably find another line of work. Our Founding Fathers never intended for anyone to make a career out of politics. The idea was for our Representatives and Senators to serve the country with dignity and respect on a temporary basis and eventually return to their home states and their real jobs. Rangel, and many of his 534 co-workers, are partly responsible for the mess the country is in because they've been feeding off the proverbial "government teat" for entirely too long.
November 2nd can't get here fast enough.