Want to know why Speaker Pelosi is doing nothing while the Rangel scandal rages on? Politico explains:
Why is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refusing a growing chorus of calls to drop the hammer on ethics-challenged Charlie Rangel?
Because, at the moment, doing nothing creates a lot less trouble for Pelosi than doing anything, current and former House aides tell POLITICO.
Stripping the Harlem Democrat of his chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee would force Pelosi to make a series of unpalatable decisions about Rangel’s successor that would create a ruckus in the Democratic caucus.
Of course, Pelosi’s activities go beyond the mere turning of a bline eye:
“She hasn’t even spoken to the congressman about this latest episode,” said a close Rangel associate, referring to recent published reports that the 78-year-old Rangel underreported his assets by hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“The speaker is totally behind him, and she told him that the last few times they have spoken,” the person added.
As always, it is worth remind ourselves that these are the activities of the Speaker who promised us “the most ethical Congress in history.” A hollow promise, if ever there was one. If Republicans had to pay for Mark Foley back in 2006, Democrats ought to have to pay for Charlie Rangel and Nancy Pelosi in 2010. As bad as the Foley scandal was, the current scandal could be said to be worse.