Despite the myriad ethical charges against him, House Democrats are doing their utmost to stand by Charlie Rangel. This leads, of course, to some rather ridiculous attempts to explain away Rangel’s lapses in ethics:
“Charlie Rangel is not reflecting a culture of anything,” added Rep. Henry Waxman, a California Democrat who has served with Rangel in Congress since 1975. “He’s being charged with personal errors that may amount and may not amount to violations of the ethics rules; that has not been determined.”
I am pretty sure that Waxman would not be so generous if the accused party were a Republican.
And here is another accused party who is not a Republican. Innocent until proven guilty, of course, but one senses a pattern. And once more, seeing as how no Republican would be indulged by the Democrats if he/she were in Rangel’s/Waters’s position, it is difficult–at best–to understand why any Republican should indulge Rangel or Waters.