Wow: Maxine Waters chooses to face House ethics trial too

posted at 9:42 pm on July 30, 2010 by Allahpundit

Gosh, if only there were a second high-profile narrative-reinforcing ethics trial just before the midterms which the GOP could use to bludgeon the Most Ethical Congress Ever. And if only it, like Rangel’s trial, promised to be an identity-politics hot potato, guaranteeing maximum squirming from The One and Madam Speaker.

Ah well, too much to ask. Or is it?

The back-to-back trials of a pair of black lawmakers represent an unprecedented use of an ethics adjudication system that has rarely been used by House members accused of breaking House rules…

POLITICO first reported earlier this week that the committee was expected to unveil its charges against Waters before leaving town for the recess.

Her decision to go to trial appears to have postponed the release of the committee’s formal charging document, called a “Statement of Alleged Violation.”…

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have complained that the OCE has unfairly and disproportionately targeted them, and many have signed onto a legislative effort to de-fang the office.

Smart play by Waters to force a trial. With the Rangel case already on the national radar and the CBC unhappy that its members are in the crosshairs, she probably figures, with good reason, that it’s unlikely the ethics committee will come down hard on her. Which raises the question: Can this clusterfark get any worse for Democrats? My friends, it can.

[A] person close to the Rangel tells POLITICO the embattled Democrat “doesn’t give a damn about what the president thinks about this” and won’t step down…

One member of the Congressional Black Caucus, also speaking on condition of anonymity, expressed bitterness that the president would turn publicly on Rangel, a decorated Korean War combat veteran.

“Charlie Rangel has served our nation with honor and distinction for more than four decades — before I was born and the President was a twinkle in his parents’ eye,” the CBC member said of a career in public service dating back to Rangel’s days in the Army.

“He should be treated with honor and respect,” the member said, referring to Rangel’s work promoting equal rights for African Americans. “In fact Mr. Rangel made my service in Congress and Mr. Obama’s presidency possible.”

That’s a response to The One delivering the Corleone kiss of death to Rangel a few hours ago, natch. Exit question: How deep must the fracture be right now between the CBC and the Dem leadership if Maxine Waters is willing to force ethics back into the headlines by choosing a trial? She knows it’s poisonous for the party this close to the election and she’s doing it anyway. Amazing.


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I want to extend a hand to my fellow conservatives who feel alienated by this news and conflicted by their perceived sense of a racial tone.

So let us acknowledge and agree that Maxine Waters is insane, corrupt, stupid, and an admitted socialist — but no more so than Dennis Kucinich, who ruined Cleveland so completely that it remains totally effed up decades after he moved on from his Mayor’s seat.

Let us acknowledge and agree that Charlie Rangel is a liar and a crook, and so is Rod “Hairdo” Blagojevich in Illinois, and that a just world would see them in the same cell for the next 20 years.

Let us acknowledge and agree that Robert Gibbs is not one bit more honest, trustworthy or talented than Malik Zulu Shabazz, that Alvin Greene is no less qualified to run for Senate than Al Franken and the only difference is that South Carolina voters aren’t all retarded like Minnesota voters.

When The Race Tard can laugh off the latest Marlene Waters abomination without kneejerking into a defensive clinch, then we can move on to talk about clowns like Luis Guttierez … and start to heal.

Jaibones on July 31, 2010 at 12:47 AM

They just want to get this out of the way before a possible GOP takeover of Congress. In which case their asses would be out the door.

ddrintn on July 31, 2010 at 12:19 AM

Probably the closest to the truth, right there!

bluemarlin on July 31, 2010 at 12:56 AM

Smart play by Waters

No way. Waters is the dumbest person in either house Congress and was so even while Biden was at his trough. Yes he used to be worse.

borntoraisehogs on July 31, 2010 at 1:23 AM

Maxine Waters is one of the dumbest people in Congress. Her constituents must be true morons to keep her there.

Schadenfreude on July 31, 2010 at 1:42 AM

Who makes up the white community? Who are the white leaders?

The Race Card on July 30, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid
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To some commenters, on page 1, The Race Card was never bad, just misunderstood.

Schadenfreude on July 31, 2010 at 1:48 AM

Will Waters be the last?

How many other Dems will stampede to take their ritual flogging from their teammates before the other team gets the gavel back in November and starts building the scaffold in the parking lot?

JEM on July 31, 2010 at 1:57 AM

Bridge over troubled Waters.

Jeff2161 on July 31, 2010 at 1:59 AM

I used to work with a guy who weaseled out of stuff by saying, ” Either I misspoke or, you misinterpreted what I said.”

Jeff2161 on July 31, 2010 at 2:02 AM

If the CBC feels “targeted” perhaps it because their ranks are filled with criminals. Remember, they are the only congressional group which has consistently opposed every new series of ethics reforms since they were formed.
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You see, tightening the rules “disproportionately affects” CBC members. Most of them didn’t start out rich like most of the white devils members did, so graft, theft, and generalized corruption are their only tools to level the playing field. And also, the white man stole their ethics, or something like that. So obviously it is racist for rich white Congressmen to point out when a poor CBC member is caught stealing.

Adjoran on July 31, 2010 at 2:14 AM

Am I the only one here who is represented by Maxine Waters? :C

Apologetic California on July 31, 2010 at 2:15 AM

No justice, no peace

thebrokenrattle on July 31, 2010 at 2:21 AM

Am I the only one here who is represented by Maxine Waters? :C

Apologetic California on July 31, 2010 at 2:15 AM

Oh you poor soul :(

Please say you voted for the inimitable Ted Hayes in the previous election.

Great video of Ted

One of the coolest Republicans on the planet.

Edouard on July 31, 2010 at 2:33 AM

They are in a hurry to get this out of the way. A new Speaker and majority will not be so “soft” on their crimes.

IowaWoman on July 31, 2010 at 4:15 AM

Am I the only one here who is represented by Maxine Waters? :C

Apologetic California on July 31, 2010 at 2:15 AM

Since you do not sound like a troll, I’m assuming that she misrepresent you.

Slowburn on July 31, 2010 at 5:18 AM

these two big turds are just merely circling the drain of the swamp. They’re clogging up the pipe and once they flush, there’ll be a whole lot more where that came from.

ted c on July 31, 2010 at 5:26 AM

Next to Barney Frank, Christopher Dodd, and Alan Grayson, if there is one other member of Congress that I would party till dawn to see get royally booted out of office, it is Maxine Waters.

This vile woman has done nothing but build a power base for herself the whole time she has been in Congress and now it looks like her house of cards is finally going to come down on her empty skull!

pilamaye on July 31, 2010 at 5:56 AM

Hey it’s just affirmative action. They are allowed to not follow the rules. Nothing to see here, move on.

Jayrae on July 31, 2010 at 6:57 AM

Who makes up the white community? Who are the white leaders?
The Race Card on July 30, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Thanks for helping me make my point RC. I think it would be a good thing to see that the African American community is, um, more like the white community.
Randy

williars on July 31, 2010 at 7:11 AM

FYI, there are some republicans in the list of offenders as well. If they know what’s good for us, they should cop to the plea and go quietly.

JAW on July 31, 2010 at 7:29 AM

If they were Republicans the calls & cries far and wide across the Democratic and MSM spectrum would be: “Racists!”

albill on July 31, 2010 at 7:36 AM

Obama can go and kiss Charlie Rangel’s black a** and may be …. just may be, Rangel will resign.

Obama was indeed in diapers when Rangel was making his way through life. This of course does not excuse his corruption, but for some one who is a part of the Chicago machine with insiders Richard Daley and John Stroger as friends,Obama has zero standing to lecture Rangel on ethics.

I sincerely hope that Rangel and Waters drag their ethical issues to the logical but bitter end

nagee76 on July 31, 2010 at 7:49 AM

Unlike Waters, at least Rangel is a likable (usually) crook. Waters is the very bottom of the barrel.

petefrt on July 31, 2010 at 7:59 AM

I have always wonder why there were no ethics trials in Detroit … I mean they stole everything that wasn’t concreted down.

tarpon on July 31, 2010 at 8:02 AM

How many people know about this? Aside from people who read hotair, huffpo, etc I don’t think many do. It’s not like the alphabet soup news reports ever mention it.

angryed on July 31, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Rangel, don’t go fishing with Rahmn Emanuel…

d1carter on July 30, 2010 at 8:01 PM

they’ll both get wrists slap…no one has the cajones to go further than that…

cmsinaz on July 31, 2010 at 8:28 AM

oopsie….hit paste by accident

cmsinaz on July 31, 2010 at 8:29 AM

They are in a hurry to get this out of the way. A new Speaker and majority will not be so “soft” on their crimes.

IowaWoman on July 31, 2010 at 4:15 AM

I wonder, when there is talk of just a wrist slap…

cmsinaz on July 31, 2010 at 8:30 AM

How deep must the fracture be right now between the CBC and the Dem leadership if Maxine Waters is willing to force ethics back into the headlines by choosing a trial?

I don’t think it is about a fracture in the dem party at all I think it is about arrogance by black democrats who dare their collegues to do anything to black politicians.

Waters and Rangel are professional race hustlers and that especially includes within the democrat party with their white leadership. Think… what made them think it was OK to do what they did? Becuase blacks are OWED for what this country has done to blacks and the fact they are personally on the recieving end of all the reperations does not blinker them at all. Waters is riding in Rangel’s wake that they won’t set a pattern that plays right into a race hustler’s hands.

Conan on July 31, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Conan on July 31, 2010 at 8:43 AM

great point!

cmsinaz on July 31, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Conan on July 31, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Bingo… Effing right you are. Race baiters reaping huge dividends at the expense of others. Trash comes in all colors, but is piled high on the left.

Keemo on July 31, 2010 at 8:52 AM

these two big turds are just merely circling the drain of the swamp. They’re clogging up the pipe and once they flush, there’ll be a whole lot more where that came from.

ted c on July 31, 2010 at 5:26 AM

As a career plumber, I appreciate such language.

Keemo on July 31, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Odd this! Do not trust it at all. Ulterior motives of some kind? (Have little trust since the Sherrod thing which I suspect was in part, entrapment?)

jeanie on July 31, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Gambling all is brave. They must believe in the race card so mo strongly and that their president will save them, they are willing to go all in on this. All in is their only option at this point.

Kissmygrits on July 31, 2010 at 9:53 AM

One member of the Congressional Black Caucus, also speaking on condition of anonymity, expressed bitterness that the president would turn publicly on Rangel, a decorated Korean War combat veteran.

It doesn’t matter who you know, or who you are, or what you’ve done. It’s about the law. This is a nation of laws. That’s what makes us different from the Third world and what used to be the USSR and a lot of Europe for that matter. We’re so blessed to live here. Let’s not embrace those who would throw away the rule of law in favor of, well, favoritism.

Paul-Cincy on July 31, 2010 at 10:09 AM

I just hope their arrogance is not indicative of confidence they can’t be unseated.

Disturb the Universe on July 31, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Why on earth should any of these people get special treatment? Why aren’t they charged with crimes like you and I would be if we cheated on our taxes or committed fraud. They WORK FOR US. Why is it so friggin hard to get rid of them? Throw the bums out already, it’s that simple.

scalleywag on July 31, 2010 at 11:01 AM

NPR is reporting on the touble Waters is in, and pairing it up with Rangel.

End times?

drunyan8315 on July 31, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I went to HuffPo so you don’t have to. Here is the reaction of the commenters there:

1. RAAAACIST!

2. But, Cheney! Halliburton!

juliesa on July 31, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Jaibones on July 31, 2010 at 12:47 AM

+a national debt’s worth
here here. Criminal behavior and stupidity are truely color blind.

DrAllecon on July 31, 2010 at 11:14 AM

The Obama presidency may actually succeed in leading this country towards a true post-racial existence – albeit in a way very different from the one he wanted.

Also, Maxine Waters – not “amazing.” Have you ever seen her speak? This is totally up her regular crazy alley.

Pablo Snooze on July 31, 2010 at 11:16 AM

“He should be treated with honor and respect,” the member said, referring to Rangel’s work promoting equal rights for African Americans. “In fact Mr. Rangel made my service in Congress and Mr. Obama’s presidency possible.”

That’s funny.

I’m certainly no McCain booster (I despise the man, and hold him in just as little regard as any liberal democrat), but wasn’t there a group that claimed (and continue to claim) that McCain should basically be given a free pass on his stupidity, because of his ‘heroic service’? Wasn’t there some that claimed that Murtha was such a superhero, for the same reason? When it was a defense for McCain, it was totally invalid, and people on the left were quick to say that his service should have no bearing on the here-and-now of his piss-poor legislation.

Funny how that doesn’t apply to liberal democrat robber-barons, like Charlie Strangle.

Virus-X on July 31, 2010 at 1:40 PM

I know, I know, you guys. I should not have brought up race. It’s my fault the GOP, TP, Birthers, JBS etc are perceived as bigots. My bad.

The Race Card on July 30, 2010 at 10:22 PM

You left a big group of bigots out-the Democrats who live in the state O’bama claims to have been born in.

Your bad.

Del Dolemonte on July 31, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Why are so many black democrat politicians facing ethics charges?

Inanemergencydial on July 31, 2010 at 2:26 PM

The Race Card on July 30, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Whites don’t “NEED” leaders.
Whites are not a voting block.
Whites, in general, don’t belong to the “Borg” or “D-Borg”

BTW, ever notice that once a racial group becomes a “voting block” there’re true blue screwed”?

After 1964, AA became a voting block for the Dems, notice how much progress stalled after 1964?

Dems won’t do much for them after all they are going to vote dem anyway.
Repbs won’t do much for them after all they are going to vote dem anyway.

DSchoen on July 31, 2010 at 3:48 PM

One member of the Congressional Black Caucus, also speaking on condition of anonymity, expressed bitterness that the president would turn publicly on Rangel, a decorated Korean War combat veteran.

“Charlie Rangel has served our nation with honor and distinction for more than four decades — before I was born and the President was a twinkle in his parents’ eye,” the CBC member said of a career in public service dating back to Rangel’s days in the Army.

Good point!

The CBC needs to remind Obama how Bush stepped in to save Duke Cunningham Ace fighter pilot in Vietnam!

Cunningham became one of the most highly decorated U.S. Navy pilots in the Vietnam War. The first fighter ace of the war, he received the Navy Cross, two Silver Stars, fifteen Air Medals, and the Purple Heart.

Obviously Obama would look really weak if he doesn’t step up and save Rangel, just like Bush did with Duke Cunningham!

DSchoen on July 31, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Mmmm,mmm,mmm the most ethical Congress evah!

BHO Jonestown on July 31, 2010 at 9:40 PM

that Alvin Greene is no less qualified to run for Senate than Al Franken and the only difference is that South Carolina voters aren’t all retarded like Minnesota voters.

Jaibones on July 31, 2010 at 12:47 AM

All retarded? By my count, slightly over half of us voted against the clown of the Senate. And you are from where? Was it Illinois?? You disappoint me, Jaibones.

2ipa on August 1, 2010 at 12:44 AM

All retarded? By my count, slightly over half of us voted against the clown of the Senate. And you are from where? Was it Illinois?? You disappoint me, Jaibones.

2ipa on August 1, 2010 at 12:44 AM

Well, if slightly over half of South Carolina voters vote against Greene, you’ll be even. ;) Honestly, nothing personal at all, but it shouldn’t have even been close there.

ddrintn on August 1, 2010 at 1:19 AM

…So let us acknowledge and agree that Maxine Waters is insane, corrupt, stupid, and an admitted socialist — but no more so than Dennis Kucinich, who ruined Cleveland so completely that it remains totally effed up decades after he moved on from his Mayor’s seat.

Let us acknowledge and agree that Charlie Rangel is a liar and a crook, and so is Rod “Hairdo” Blagojevich in Illinois, and that a just world would see them in the same cell for the next 20 years.

When The Race Tard can laugh off the latest Marlene Waters abomination without kneejerking into a defensive clinch, then we can move on to talk about clowns like Luis Guttierez … and start to heal.

Jaibones on July 31, 2010 at 12:47 AM

+1000! (that’s 1000 factorial, which is, umm, a really big number)

It looks as if we may, just maybe, be able to put Blagojevich into that cell he so richly deserves. Has Kucinich been involved in any scandals, or are we going to have to make a case for removing him on the grounds of mental incompetence? If only there were a Congressional equivalent of a Section 8 discharge

Mary in LA on August 1, 2010 at 2:55 PM

I think it is pretty obvious that the dems have decided to attack the blacks. They know they don’t have the power or the numbers to stop them, so they “pick” off the easy pick’ens.
They didn’t go after Dodd, or Frank, they are going after just two African American’s…they didn’t go after Murtha or Reid, and they didn’t go after Feinstein when her husband received sweet heart contracts from the commission that Feinstein headed up.
Nope, they took two African Americans, who have been around too long, who have embarrassed them, and are now sacrificing them.

right2bright on August 1, 2010 at 10:40 PM

All retarded? By my count, slightly over half of us voted against the clown of the Senate. And you are from where? Was it Illinois?? You disappoint me, Jaibones.

2ipa on August 1, 2010 at 12:44 AM

Oh, now…I was just having a little sport with the state that elected lunatic fringe Mark Dayton to the Senate, WWF wrestler Jesse Ventura to the Governor’s seat, and bad, washed up comedian Al Frackin’ to the Senate.

And if, by “clown of the Senate”, you mean Obama, then no, you didn’t. But if you mean Frackin’, well, the jury’s still out.

Apologies for the broad brush.

Jaibones on August 1, 2010 at 11:11 PM

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I guess we will have to add “ethics trial” to that list of secret code words that activate the subconscious racist in all of us.

bitsy on August 2, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Soooo they think their ‘blackness’ will get them off??? It may with their fellow crooks, but it won’t be lost on the general public. Perhaps their own constituencies(I can’t imagine even these sanctioning this, but then….) apparently feel that race is an excuse for any kind of bad behavior. The rest of us feel differently. The Ethics Committee is on the hot seat for this one–we’ll watch and see. This could end up being a huge factor in up coming elections if not handled properly.

jeanie on August 2, 2010 at 1:32 PM

“Charlie Rangel has served our nation with honor and distinction for more than four decades — before I was born and the President was a twinkle in his parents’ eye,” the CBC member said of a career in public service dating back to Rangel’s days in the Army.

Note the things we don’t say, even anonymously.

“He didn’t do it” or “He’s innocent”
“It wasn’t as bad as the media is portraying it”
“He was a patsy/framed”

Nope, instead:

He’s such a nice person who has worked for so long, why can’t we let him get away with tax evasion, fraud, and blackmailing donations…(paraphrasing here, but this is the gist of the defense given)

Are past actions exculpatory for future crimes? Can anyone tell me what I need to do for the country/whatever to get a freebie bank robbery? I still think that looks like fun (except of course for the lengthy jail sentence).

gekkobear on August 3, 2010 at 1:39 PM

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