We’re Having a Party

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

So you’re a New York politician. One of your colleagues is facing allegations that he hoarded rent-controlled apartments, cheated on his taxes, and committed various other financial improprieties. Oh yeah, he also headed up the House committee that writes tax policy until forced to step down in disgrace. But golly. It is his 80th birthday. What do you do? Isn’t it obvious? You throw him a big birthday bash, and celebrate the man’s commitment to public service!

I think my favorite allegation against Rangel is the one where he’s not in trouble because he offered hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks to companies in exchange for a donation to the City College of New York to support a new wing named in his own honor. He’s in trouble because he solicited those donations on official House stationery.

Because that besmirches the integrity of the institution.

(Photo via TPM. Video via Huffington Post.)

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20 Responses to “We’re Having a Party”

  1. #1 |  Brian | 

    Is that Spock offscreen giving him the Vulcan neck pinch?

  2. #2 |  Dave Krueger | 

    The fact that they actually felt compelled to at least make a pretense of investigating him shows that his abuse of power was so bad it was just not practical to ignore it. You know, it’s like when there’s video of a cop shooting some unarmed guy in the back 10 times as he’s running away. The public just refuses to believe it was self defense unless you have an investigation before you declare him innocent.

  3. #3 |  Toonhead | 

    He’s still “working” at age 80!? Term limits would change things – for the better, I don’t know – but it would change things.

  4. #4 |  J.S. | 

    Charlie shows us his “O” face? Film at 11 (straight from the Domician Republic!).

  5. #5 |  Joe | 

    How do you parody this?

    Maybe it is good SNL is still on summer break.

  6. #6 |  Bob | 

    Just the Plutocracy in action, nothing to see here. Move along.

    The part that really pisses me off is the suggestion that ‘voting’ is somehow important and that it’s ‘our’ fault for ‘voting’ these people into office.

    Who else are you going to vote for? The OTHER Plutocrats, or the fringe freaks running on some untenable platform?

    Even if you DO get some fresh blood in, they quickly learn to play ball with the Plutocracy if they want to stay in office.

  7. #7 |  Marty | 

    just as ‘Santorum’ became a sex term in honor of Rick Santorum, ‘Rangel’ should be honored… There’s a special walk women afflicted with pelvic inflammatory disease have- it’s kind of a painful, sideways shuffle. I nominate ‘Rangel’ to be the name of that painful shuffle.

    ‘Now Rangel on over here, honey and take your medicine.’

  8. #8 |  Bob | 

    #3 Toonhead:

    “He’s still “working” at age 80!? Term limits would change things – for the better, I don’t know – but it would change things.”

    Term limits would be a start. (I would go with NO chance of reelection, ever. For any office.) Politics should be a PART TIME job.

    What will clean up the ranks, though, is ACCOUNTABLILTY and TRANSPARANCY. Just like with the police. Let’s face it, the Human Race is not an ‘enlightened species’, the vast majority of us will only ‘do the right thing’ when there’s a gun to our head.

    When you place people above the consequences of their actions, you GUARANTEE criminal action.

    The Founding Fathers knew this, and constructed the government in 3 aspects that each checked the potential abuses of the others. But over time, Crooked politicians have eroded that through collusion powered by their own greed.

    2 simple examples:

    1: Instead of setting up committees based on the interests of the people, they are set up as favor factories to ensure continued corporate support of the politicians involved.

    2: Guarantees of a ‘fair trial’. Prosecutors are given all the resources they need to crush people at no cost to Police or Prosecutors, and with no accountability. Defendants have to either pay for their own defense, or accept a substandard defense provided by the same branch of government that support the Prosecution and Police. Guess who loses there.

    This shit is FUCKED UP.

  9. #9 |  perlhaqr | 


    “I take bribes directly here, too.”

  10. #10 |  Tom | 

    OMG…make it go away! Hurry up and post something Radley so this is not the first thing I see when I check your site. Have mercy on us!

  11. #11 |  Kristen | 

    That guy is 80?!?? Life sucking off the public teet has been mighty good to him. Or Botox. Or both.

  12. #12 |  Aresen | 


    You really don’t want to know why this man is laughing

  13. #13 |  Aresen | 

    This event reminds me of the grotesque party that the Shah of Iran held in the late 1970s to celebrate some putative “3,500th anniversary”* of the Persian Empire.

    Shortly after that, Khomeni’s rise began.

  14. #14 |  Mike Healy | 

    From what I can see, this man seems to be a douchebag among douchebags.

    As to Bob’s comment (#6), I feel the same way. when you only have the one party to vote for (face it, there ain’t much to differentiate the D’s from the R’s), there just isn’t much use in voting.

  15. #15 |  Collin | 

    When the Democrats came to power in 2006 promising to “drain the swamp” of Republican corruption, the two biggest examples of corruption in their own party were John Murtha and Charlie Rangel. Rangel doesn’t need a Congressional investigation, he needs prison time.

  16. #16 |  Dan Danknick | 

    If I let myself become irate at every egregious abuse of power that our so-called leaders commit, I’d walk around all day like Lucy from Peanuts. Or even worse, Michael Douglas from Falling Down.

    Don’t we have to technology to reunite these plutocrats, say, with the actual Pluto? Maybe that’s the secret technology that Elon Musk has been working on over at SpaceX.

  17. #17 |  jb | 

    Rangel is my congressman. I deeply apologize. Also, is that really his voice? He sounds absurd.

  18. #18 |  Aresen | 

    jb | August 13th, 2010 at 1:56 pm
    Rangel is my congressman. I deeply apologize

    Only necessary if you actually VOTED for him. If that were the case, the probability of you posting on this site approaches the “appearance of a unicorn on the White House lawn” level.

  19. #19 |  Luke | 

    “He’s in trouble because he solicited those donations on official House stationery.

    Because *that* besmirches the integrity of the institution.”

    As Lt. Worf from Star Trek: TNG once observed, “It is difficult to tarnish a rusted blade.”

  20. #20 |  Andrew Williams | 

    I’ve hated Rangel since he came out as pro-War on People with Drugs over 20 years ago. Nothing he’s done or said since has changed my opinion.