On September 28, 2005, Tom DeLay relinquished his post as Majority Leader (then a Republican post) of the U.S. House of Representatives, a full year before the 2005 elections. Today, one of the most powerful Democrats announced that he is temporarily stepping aside as chairman of one of the House’s most powerful committees:
Representative Charles B. Rangel of New York announced on Wednesday that he would temporarily step down from his powerful post as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in an attempt to avert a politically bruising fight over permanently stripping the gavel from his hands.
Just as the mainstream media kept the DeLay story in the headlines–even after he resigned from Congress–I don’t think they will pay much attention to Rangel now that he’s no longer a committee chair (not that they did as stories about his questionable conduct accumulated). But, note this from the Washington Post:
Rangel, 79, becomes the highest-ranking House member to resign a leadership position amid an ethical scandal in four years, since then-Reps. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) and Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio) stepped down as, respectively, majority leader and administration committee chairman amid the Jack Abramoff lobbying investigation.
This is a pretty big deal–at least as big as those stories of GOP corruption which Nancy Pelosi exploited in 2006. Well, now, as Michelle Malkin puts it, “The Culture of Corruption chickens are coming home to roost.”
Now, it’s been over four years since Ronnie Earle, a left-wing District Attorney filed charges against DeLay–and still has not brought the case to trial. Sounds like all the sound and fury about the scandals surrounding DeLay signified nothing (as an aside, I’m no fan of DeLay, am glad he’s no longer GOP leader, but don’t think he’s a crook). So, will we get as much sound and fury about Charlie Rangel’s scandals? Or does that (D) after his name render him immune from such scrutiny?
Methinks not it does (in the eyes of the MSM).
NB: Corrected this as my rhetorical flourish (originally) answered the first question in the penultimate paragraph and not the second as it now does.