I’ve got a new “Think Again” column about the proliferation of right-wing politicians being hired by network news and cable news networks to beat up on liberals, who when hired, also tend to beat up on liberals. It’s occasioned by Bush adviser’s Matthew Dowd turn as the host of ABC’s “This Week” and it’s here.
And I did a Daily Beast post this morning about that crazy Republican fund-raising memo which, if you haven’t seen, you really must. It’s here.
Also I am one “ridiculous” Jew. Read on.
Shall we do a few more links?
So Charlie Rangel is finally being forced out of his egregiously inappropriate position as chair of the Ways and Means Committee, in charge of writing the nation’s tax laws, in light of the fact that he has no interest in following the nation’s tax laws. I wrote a column, an unusual one for me, back in December 2008—right after the election—calling on Obama to ditch this corrupt old hustler. That’s here. I said back then:
But while Schumer’s bequests to billionaires may be morally objectionable and politically poisonous, nobody has so far questioned their legality. Rangel, by contrast, has demonstrated a clear contempt for the law as well as his constituents. What’s more, he has all too effectively played the part in which conservatives have typically cast big-city liberals for decades: corrupt, hypocritical, concerned only for their own comfort and providing for their families at the expense of a gullible and exploited public. Need I repeat that this is the man who sits atop the most powerful tax-writing committee in Congress? It is almost as if the Republican Party had commissioned a modern-day Dr. Frankenstein to create a monster designed to undermine Barack Obama’s claim of "change."
Yay, me, but more importantly, congrats to the New York Times which owned this story both from a news and an editorial perspective. Today the editorial page wonders, if Charlie Rangel is telling the truth about offering to resign way back when, why the hell didn’t Nancy Pelosi accept? My guess is that Rangel is not telling the truth. Also, it’s sad to say but it’s been an awful week for New York’s black politicians. Rangel and Paterson have both proven corrupt (thanks again to the Times for its fine reporting there too; in both cases reminding us why we need newspapers.) And while it’s not New York’s fault, Harold Ford made a jerk of himself too–like Sarah Palin–he drove his own poll numbers way down the more people got to know him. And a big boo to Barbara Lee of the Congressional Black Caucus for raising the false specter of racial discrimination regarding Rangel, here. Now there’s an organization that has really lost sight of its mission and become a blight on the people it pretends to represent, spending more money on junkets and parties for its members than it does for scholarships for worthy black students.