A reader sends breaking news and asks a question. In the LCR mailbox:
Lawyers have reached a tentative deal to settle ethics charges against Rep. Charles Rangel. If approved by the House ethics panel, the deal would stop public hearings on alleged ethics violations.
The buck stops no where with these guys - what do you think?
I simply wrote back, "every infringement stacks up to more electoral losses for the Democrats in November."
To expand upon this - perhaps a public trial would not be as damaging for the Democrat party and leadership (and potentially at the ballot box in November) as yet another smoke-filled-backroom-attorney-power-broker-deal is. I recall similar antics played out during the train-off the-tracks Republican congress and we all recall how that turned out.
Charles Rangel cutting a deal to avoid a public trial may just incite more anger from independents, Tea Partiers, libertarians, moderates and conservatives than the ruling class is estimating.
If only I had photoshop skills, images of Charlie Rangel and a three ring circus are flooding my mind:
Cross posted to War Planner, Proof Positive, Rational Nation, Allied Liberty News.