Waters demands ethics trial

posted at 10:55 am on August 3, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Last night, Maxine Waters responded to the publication of a charge from the House Ethics Committee with something slightly less than remorse.  Following the example of Charlie Rangel, Waters denied any wrongdoing and demanded a public hearing to fight the allegation.  That will put two Democrats in the dock on corruption charges just as the midterm campaigns start their final stretch:

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) strongly denied allegations that she broke House ethics rules and rejected a deal that would avoid what could be a bruising doubleheader of public trials for veteran Democrats in a tough election year.

“I have not violated any House rules,” Waters said in a statement released Monday, minutes after the ethics committee posted a report finding “substantial reason to believe” a violation occurred.

“Therefore, I simply will not be forced to admit to something I did not do and instead have chosen to respond to charges made by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct in a public hearing,” the 10-term lawmaker said.

This allegation concerns efforts she made to assist a bank in which her family had substantial interest.  Waters interceded on behalf of OneUnited in order to rescue it from peril.  She arranged a meeting between Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and ostensibly a contingent from the National Bankers Association, but three of the four people who attended the meeting on behalf of the NBA were from OneUnited.  Further, Waters apparently lied about how those people were selected to attend the meeting, claiming that the NBA chose the attendees while an e-mail showed that the OneUnited CEO chose them.

Interestingly, Barney Frank may have to attend as a witness:

The report disclosed that Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, told investigators that Waters had approached him for advice on the potential conflict of interest involving her husband.

“She was in a predicament, because Sydney had been involved in the bank,” the report said, characterizing Frank’s interview with investigators. “But OneUnited people were coming to her for help. She knew she should say no, but it bothered her.”

Frank said he urged her to “stay out of it” and arranged to have his staff take over the OneUnited issue from Waters.

Maybe she should have taken his advice.  Clearly, though, she had an option to walk away from the appearance of influence peddling, but chose to get involved instead. That makes the intervention look even worse.

Why not walk away now?  I’m guessing that Waters is engaging in a high-stakes bluff.  The last thing Democrats need in an already-disastrous midterm cycle is a scandal, let alone two of them.  Waters’ seat is even more secure than Rangel’s, so she has almost nothing to lose from forcing a trial anyway, and she’s not likely to get more than a reprimand in any case, but Waters may be betting that Democratic leadership will push the Ethics Committee to back away from both her and Rangel.  The CBC has already starting tossing race cards into the air, hoping for the same outcome.  If anything, though, that would be an even bigger disaster for Democrats, as it would leave the impression that Nancy Pelosi doesn’t plan to do anything about corruption.


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If you’re pretending to be a lynching victim, you need a gallows to stand next to.

RBMN on August 3, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Frank said he urged her to “stay out of it” and arranged to have his staff take over the OneUnited issue from Waters.

That’s like handing the gun to another hit man…
Isn’t it the responsibility of Frank to have reported this incident?
Of course not.
And, yes, Waters will still be elected, she will not be forced out by the “white man”…

right2bright on August 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Rangel and Waters do not care about the Democratic party. They both only care about themselves. And that is the best possible attitude the rest of us could possibly hope for. These two will drag everyone down with them while trying to salavage their own butts.

NotCoach on August 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Barney Frank as a witness???? Shouldn’t he be on trial as well?

milwife88 on August 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM

If you want blood, you got it! AC/DC

Brian1972 on August 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM

These two will drag everyone down with them while trying to salavage their own butts.

NotCoach on August 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I know, maybe we should send them some money to help them fight this injustice…

right2bright on August 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM

I am impressed that they’ve managed to net 2 high profile Dems already, and that is without control over either house of Congress. Imagine what will happen when the Republicans have the gavel. They really need to put the screws to these people this time around. No quarter given. Eric Holder, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, all of them must be investigated.

tflst5 on August 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Following the example of Charlie Rangel, Waters denied any wrongdoing and demanded a public hearing to fight the allegation.

The public agitation theatrical routine is all that these two know, so of course that’s what they’re “demanding”.

They’ll claim racism, they’ll wail on about ‘unfairness’ and use various Old Hymne references, we’ll have to suffer through the ‘strangling goose’ voice wailing of Watesr and the “I’m a veteran” indignation of Rangel…

I heard last evening (FOX) some comments to the effect that the Ethics Committee has brought charges on various previous Congressional Black Caucus members (which Rangel and Waters are as also now under ethics charges) and how it is that the Black Caucus blames the Ethics Committee for various prejudices…

MAYBE — consider this — it’s that the Congressional Black Caucus IS ethically compromised and populated with ethically compromised members. I’m still waiting to hear their excuse as to why they would riot if ever a Congressional White Caucus was formed.

Lourdes on August 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM

First, they played the race card on Republicans. And I said nothing, I was not Republican.

EliTheBean on August 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Two horrible blowhards that have been in power for far too long. Term limits would halt the growths of such cancers as these two dispicable losers.

Dr.Gills on August 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM

I smell bullsh!t. Looks more like a “staged lynching” to help turn out the vote that is anticipated to be not motivated to turn out. I suspect we will see many direct and indirect claims of racism between now and November over these two.

CC

CapedConservative on August 3, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Barney Frank as a witness???? Shouldn’t he be on trial as well?

milwife88 on August 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Just keep repeating,

“Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Citi,
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Goldman Sachs,
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Black Congressional Caucus,
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, DNC…”

Lourdes on August 3, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Constitutional lesson of the week: the federal government can do pretty much what it pleases.

mankai on August 3, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Barney Frank as a witness???? Shouldn’t he be on trial as well?

milwife88 on August 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM

You are on to something…we call all these guys and gals as “witnesses”, and we get them all into one room…like a police sting.
And we can arrest them all and serve them at one time with papers.
It would be like a Mafia wedding, they are all at the same place, at the same time, celebrating…

right2bright on August 3, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Look at the risk/reward ration; losing means only a reprimand. Meanwhile, she stands up to the man, stands up for her people, stands up for her husband, stands up for her bank, stands up for her constituents, stands up for her ideology, and keeps her job, and she might even prove her innocence.

In contrast, a rich white christian republican male gives up and resigns in disgrace.

Skandia Recluse on August 3, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Swamp in U.S. Congress Declared Federally Protected Wetland

Mervis Winter on August 3, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Has Maxine Waters declared her house in L.A. as a farm yet?

Lourdes on August 3, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Maxine is making a mistake. Pelosi is desperate and desperate people will do some ugly stuff when pushed. Nancy may used these two slimeballs to make a point.

dogsoldier on August 3, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Frank said he urged her to “stay out of it” and arranged to have his staff take over the OneUnited issue from Waters.

This has been quoted by somebody else already, but Frank’s offering to make it pay out to Water’s family in her stead. To me that’s almost as bad and a good indicator of how Congress is broken.

sf_conservative on August 3, 2010 at 11:06 AM

I smell bullsh!t. Looks more like a “staged lynching” to help turn out the vote that is anticipated to be not motivated to turn out. I suspect we will see many direct and indirect claims of racism between now and November over these two.

CC

CapedConservative on August 3, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Islam is a religion of PEACE!!!

/ sarc.

Lourdes on August 3, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Black Pampers

seven on August 3, 2010 at 11:08 AM

I know, maybe we should send them some money to help them fight this injustice…

right2bright on August 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM

If they start a legal defense fund that might be a good idea.

The districts they represent will continue to elect leftists, so these two staying in congress means little. We really should be lining behind both of them and encourage them to fight the good fight.

NotCoach on August 3, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Lourdes on August 3, 2010 at 11:05 AM

How is this possible? Everyone knows what Barney Frank has done. Maybe, just maybe they are planning an ethics investigation on him and will call him as a witness to use his testimony against him during his own trial? A girl can dream right?

milwife88 on August 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM

according to the ny times, this is a sign of how ethical Congress is!

rob verdi on August 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Not guilty by reason of insanity.

seven on August 3, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Neither one will go to trial. An “arrangement” will be made to plead to a lesser charge. They will have their little hands slapped and be voted right back into their districts reps. These two will never be voted out because their constituents loves them some handouts.

sandee on August 3, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Over at NRO’s “The Corner,” Stephen Spruiell links to his longer piece on why Maxine Waters’s case points to a larger issue re community banks.
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/242330/maxing-out-favoritism-stephen-spruiell

Apparently Congress is pushing through a bill that will potentially create even more problems like the Waters issue. Congress continues on its merry way, picking the winners and losers.

Last evening, too, “The Corner” posted Maxine’s full statement. The lady doth protest too much, and she must have armored herself with some slick lawyers.

onlineanalyst on August 3, 2010 at 11:10 AM

right2bright on August 3, 2010 at 11:05 AM

What a freaking fantastic idea. They are just stupid enough to fall for it!!!! Don’t even use the word “witness” just tell them it’s a fund raising event in their honor and they will show up with bells on!!!

milwife88 on August 3, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Two horrible blowhards that have been in power for far too long. Term limits would halt the growths of such cancers as these two dispicable losers.

Dr.Gills on August 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM

I COMPLETELY agree. Didn’t the Constitution originally state something like a two-term limit for Congresspeople?

What we have today — a very, very large part of our nation’s problem as to D.C. — is that we have “career politicians” in both the Senate and House and we DON’T have representatives engaged in doing the work their offices were created for. Congress wasn’t created for people to land in, career-out their lives on the public’s doles and then retire into wealth taken from the people by various schemes they’ve cooked for twenty/forty years.

Lourdes on August 3, 2010 at 11:11 AM

The fact that Alysee Hastings is in the House and that D.C. keeps electing Marion Barry is all you need to know about their constituents views on corruption.

Cindy Munford on August 3, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Speaking of white male republicans, rumor has it that John Ensign is going to be charged with ethics violations regarding his affair and a job to husband of said affairee. Let’s see how this is handled by the media.
PS, I think Ensign is a snake for the record.

sandee on August 3, 2010 at 11:14 AM

When they get Barney in the witness chair, ask him about the FNMA, Freddie Mac scandal.

d1carter on August 3, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Who would lynch one of the KKKs favorite … I mean the Democrats terror group was the KKK, so why would they lynch one of their own?

tarpon on August 3, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Eric Holder, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, all of them must be investigated.

tflst5 on August 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Good luck with that!

The Democrats have perfected evil ways to cover their own tails. My favorite example is how they stuck Jaime Gorelick on the 9/11 “Commission”; by doing so they ensured that a key player in the leadup to 9/11 could not be questioned under oath about her role in the mess.

Del Dolemonte on August 3, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Everyone knows what Barney Frank has done.

milwife88 on August 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM

We the people know but meanwhile, Congressional Democrats with a few Republicans are busy trying to maintain the pretense that they know nothing, Frank has done nothing, NOTHING but ‘serve the people’.

The whole housing/banks/Goldman Sachs bailout is so fraught with grime twined back to Franks, the Congressional Black Caucus (all of them, all members) and the Obama-Chicago Organizing crowd. We are likely to only know the full extent of the seething corruption — that ripped off the American public for generations to come — in 2050 when the Kennedy archive is made public or thereabouts.

Meanwhile, Barney Frank will never be held accountable. He is too trendy to the Left. They literally cannot handle reality where he is concerned, so they continue to hum along.

Lourdes on August 3, 2010 at 11:17 AM

They may be safe in their districts but the spectacle of a Congressional “trial” will be a nice showcase for America on what is going on with the demorats.

A couple of blowhards blaming FoxNews and anonymous racists for their troubles is the last thing the ‘rats need right now when the country is souring on them already. Good for you, Maxine, fight fight fight.

Bishop on August 3, 2010 at 11:19 AM

With Waters THE RACE CARD will figure prominently in her defense.

GarandFan on August 3, 2010 at 11:22 AM

If they both have demanded trials, how does the CBC get max for giving them what they want. I get that they will gripe about this but to the public I am not sure the Race Card will play well anymore. She should get more than reprimand, at the least it smacks of insider trading.

bluemarlin on August 3, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Talk about driving straight at the cliff…this woman is nuttier than a fruitcake. She has been playing by different rules for so long that the new atmosphere of post-racial America, where Americans do not care who the perpetrator is, will seem very unpleasant to poor old Maxine Waters.

allstonian on August 3, 2010 at 11:27 AM

We really should be lining behind both of them and encourage them to fight the good fight.

NotCoach on August 3, 2010 at 11:08 AM

This is classic racism, the dems have; Feinstein, Murtha, Reid, Dodd, Frank, and others they could have gone after…but they chose just two blacks to attack, happen to be older senior, thinking they don’t have the reason or endurance to mount a defense.
They picked them for a reason, and the only reason I see is their skin color.
They should fight this, take it to the public. The dems are acting like plantation owners, and their slaves are too old to help out any more…

right2bright on August 3, 2010 at 11:28 AM

What a freaking fantastic idea. They are just stupid enough to fall for it!!!! Don’t even use the word “witness” just tell them it’s a fund raising event in their honor and they will show up with bells on!!!

milwife88 on August 3, 2010 at 11:11 AM

It’d work, too: law enforcement for years has been promising “Super Bowl Viewing Party!” to lure and round up sharper fugitives than Barney Frank and some members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

ChrisB on August 3, 2010 at 11:29 AM

tell them it’s a fund raising event in their honor and they will show up with bells on!!!

milwife88 on August 3, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Yes, an award, an honor and a fund raiser…perfect.

right2bright on August 3, 2010 at 11:30 AM

right2bright on August 3, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Excellent.

NotCoach on August 3, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Frank said he urged her to “stay out of it” and arranged to have his staff take over the OneUnited issue from Waters.

Never, ever turn your back on Barney Frank! I recommend sitting on your a$$ and keeping your mouth shut.

Caper29 on August 3, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Related topic: The Uni-TEA Rally in Philadelphia (!) puts the “racist” charge into the dustbin of history.
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/242266/tea-party-all-robert-costa

Lots of details about the event. Other “The Corner” links add information, including Breitbart’s speech there.

onlineanalyst on August 3, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Maxine Waters.

If a Socialist Whore sings of her Christian Virginity,

will Journolist, the NYT or WaPo still sing backup?

Lockstein13 on August 3, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Those reports are racists.

tommer74 on August 3, 2010 at 11:34 AM

“..so she has almost nothing to lose from forcing a trial anyway, and she’s not likely to get more than a reprimand in any case, but Waters may be betting that Democratic leadership will push the Ethics Committee to back away from both her and Rangel.”

..of course, Congress is now on a six-week vacation, and this thing will stew over August and could — with any sort of luck — slop over into September. Ah jes’ be prayin’ this makes it to the third week of September — two weeks after America gets back to work and starts thinking about how they’ll vote in November.

The War Planner on August 3, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Waters continues to confront the perception that she’s an idiot by opening her mouth and removing all doubt.

I’m pretty sure that the Keating Five got in big trouble for less than this, as they were only getting campaign money from Keating and didn’t have relatives personally invested in the Savings And Loans involved.

teke184 on August 3, 2010 at 11:38 AM

This is all staged. After the mid term elections, everything will quietly be forgotten.

percysunshine on August 3, 2010 at 11:40 AM

I have a bit more belief in Rangel’s honor, even though he’s a crook. Waters is an agitator & race baiter of the first order, I wouldn’t be surprised if she chose to burn the house down in a fit of arrogant pique for daring to single her out.

lizzie beth on August 3, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Sandee…..agree with ya…ensign will be persecuted by the msm, they will be demanding his resignation for the Dems, but for waters and rangel, they are good people with long distinguished careers, don’t fault them on this…..

cmsinaz on August 3, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Put it on C-SPAN.

Good Lt on August 3, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Speaking of white male republicans, rumor has it that John Ensign is going to be charged with ethics violations regarding his affair and a job to husband of said affairee. Let’s see how this is handled by the media.
PS, I think Ensign is a snake for the record.

sandee on August 3, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Ensign was a hypocrite, he harmed his family, and then he used his parents’ dough to try to cover it up. He’s a disgrace.

But Waters and Rangel harmed taxpayers.

Waters and Rangel are by far the greater wrongdoers.

BuckeyeSam on August 3, 2010 at 11:48 AM

But Waters and Rangel harmed taxpayers.

Waters and Rangel are by far the greater wrongdoers.

BuckeyeSam on August 3, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Dodd, Feinstein, Frank…they all did worse, and much more harm…yet they are not confronted or even questioned.
Their is one reason, they are white…

right2bright on August 3, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Waters’ seat is even more secure than Rangel’s

Her constituents are even dumber than his, if that is possible. They deserve her, fully.

The timing of this couldn’t be more schadenfreudig. Couldn’t happen to a ‘nicer’ Nancy.

Obama will be rattled over all the racial nonsense and the country will go to vote, in droves. He’ll be shocked how many Dems will vote against his.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Put it on C-SPAN.
- Barack Obama

Good Lt on August 3, 2010 at 11:44 AM

tommer74 on August 3, 2010 at 11:58 AM

BuckeyeSam on August 3, 2010 at 11:48 AM

however with this msm, he will be bashed 24/7, with waters and rangel, they will get a wrist slap by chrissy and the gang if that much

cmsinaz on August 3, 2010 at 11:59 AM

The reason so many blacks in Congress are under investigation is racism, but it’s the racism that led to gerrymandering of absolutely safe black districts. That gerrymandering ensures that black democratics will be elected and therefore candidates are selected on the basis of machine politics and corruption.

The effect is that the ethical standards in those districts are low to non-existent. After these show-trials, Rangel and Waters face sure re-election. Look at Alcee Hastings and Marion Berry. A criminal record is a plus on the resume of a democratic.

slickwillie2001 on August 3, 2010 at 12:00 PM

sandee on August 3, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Agreed, add to it that he had to get Mommy & Daddy to bail him out, I don’t know why he isn’t retiring.

Cindy Munford on August 3, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Could it be the fix is already in?

The worst Rangel & Waters will get is written reprimand. MSM and Dem talking points might then focus on a “tempest-in-a-tea-pot” meme. Most Americans might buy that. How bad could facts have been if the only punishments were strongly worded memos? Then the Dems can claim the moral high ground as big, MSM-supported show trial of Senator Ensign unfolds just as voters are about to head for the polls. It’s only August. Could Rangel’s and Water’s timing be simple show-trials to allow for “big revelations” of GOP corruption as new accusations (possibly “leaks” with no evidence) or rumors of investigations right before the fall elections?

Perfesser on August 3, 2010 at 12:04 PM

The reason so many blacks in Congress are under investigation is racism, but it’s the racism that led to gerrymandering of absolutely safe black districts. That gerrymandering ensures that black democratics will be elected and therefore candidates are selected on the basis of machine politics and corruption.

This.

Highly competitive districts don’t have this kind of problem because a whiff of scandal, real or implied, can easily mean a lost seat.

One-party districts like the “Minority Majority” districts of Waters, Rangel, the deposed “Dollar Bill” Jefferson, as well as moonbat districts like the one Pelosi represents, are so safe that it takes a “perfect storm” of circumstances to get rid of them through elections rather than by death or a jail term.

teke184 on August 3, 2010 at 12:05 PM

If you’re pretending to be a lynching victim, you need a gallows to stand next to.

RBMN on August 3, 2010 at 10:58 AM

-
Pleading guilty (or just slithering away quietly) makes it harder to play the race card. Let the backfire begin.

RalphyBoy on August 3, 2010 at 12:11 PM

teke184 on August 3, 2010 at 12:05 PM

In a relatively democratic system the people always get the government they deserve.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2010 at 12:11 PM

In a relatively democratic system the people always get the government they deserve.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2010 at 12:11 PM

I’d object less to this if the trash from areas like San Francisco and Boston weren’t actively screwing over the rest of us while sticking it to their own areas at the same time.

teke184 on August 3, 2010 at 12:15 PM

It is pre-emption.
Get it over with now before the GOP takes over. Do you think the sentence from a Dem controlled House will be more/less severe than with a GOP controlled House?

barnone on August 3, 2010 at 12:18 PM


not surprised about this

cmsinaz on August 3, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Is it just me, or does anyone else think they are going to make this a racial issue??

I can just see it now, those nasty white Republicans are going after those innocent, black democrats.

Strategy or just coincidence?

texasconserv on August 3, 2010 at 12:21 PM

It is pre-emption.
Get it over with now before the GOP takes over. Do you think the sentence from a Dem controlled House will be more/less severe than with a GOP controlled House?

barnone on August 3, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Doing this effectively concedes the House for the next two years, something they’ve been loathe to even admit until last month.

This still doesn’t save the Dems who aren’t being brought to trial, like Bawney Fwank, who should have been tarred and feathered years ago.

teke184 on August 3, 2010 at 12:21 PM

The best congress money can buy.

Dhuka on August 3, 2010 at 12:46 PM

So when is the Ethics Committee going after Barney Frank next?

Now HIM I would love to see get the royal boot!

pilamaye on August 3, 2010 at 12:46 PM

What ticks me off about all of this is….the reprimand. C’mon. If any private citizen pulled this crap, they’d be dragged thru the mud, chastized, crucified, villified, and be serving time.

We need to end this habit of giving our ELECTED officials the idea that they’re above the law, and should only be given a slap on the wrist, no matter what they do.

Enough is ENOUGH!!!

capejasmine on August 3, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Rush just pointed out this interesting fact:

What do Rangel and Waters have in common? They both supported Hillary against Øbama. (And were very vocal about it too.)

The driver’s seat for me. Under the bus for thee.

petefrt on August 3, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Waters, Frank and Rangel, those are our leaders?

Oh my gosh we are in so deep now, I wonder how our country will survive this kind of corruption.

We are rotting from within.

petunia on August 3, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Heh. Rush deftly applies the needle, wondering if there will any black congresscritters left by the time Pelosi gets done. Nan, the ball is now in your court. Prove you aren’t racist.:)

a capella on August 3, 2010 at 1:03 PM

a capella on August 3, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Live by the race card; die by the race card.

petefrt on August 3, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Rush deftly applies the needle, wondering if there will any black congresscritters left by the time Pelosi gets done.

a capella on August 3, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Rush says, when there are no more black congresscritters left, they’ll have to change the name to Congressional Black Caucasians.

petefrt on August 3, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Her ‘blackness’ will protect her. Apparently it is a license to do as one pleases.

jeanie on August 3, 2010 at 1:14 PM

“Democratic leaders say they’ve emptied the swamp of congressional corruption. Never mind the ethics trials to come for two longtime party members. ‘Drain the swamp we did, because this was a terrible place,’ Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last week of the Republican rule in the House that ended in January 2007.”

You didn’t “drain the swamp”, you added more beasts to it.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Can’t drain the swamp if you’re standing in the middle of it.

jeanie on August 3, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Pelosi is a guilt ridden rich white Democrat. No way does she challenge Waters or Rangle. Democrats don’t get elected without 90% black vote. That’s what we are up against. So called moderate voters need to wake up and see this in November and beyond.

Hummer53 on August 3, 2010 at 1:22 PM

That’s not storybook, man
-Biden

Inanemergencydial on August 3, 2010 at 1:24 PM

They also demanded a jury of their peers – but the sewer rats refused. They have standards, even if the CBC doesn’t.

mojo on August 3, 2010 at 1:56 PM

They also demanded a jury of their peers – but the sewer rats refused. They have standards, even if the CBC doesn’t.

mojo on August 3, 2010 at 1:56 PM

News Flash: Biggy Rat and Itchy Brother were spotted trying to organize write-in campaigns in Harlem and Inglewood. Claim it’s the only way to maintain proper representation for Rangels and Waters constituents.

Extrafishy on August 3, 2010 at 2:08 PM

This is about energizing the Black vote for mid-terms.

ButterflyDragon on August 3, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Dodd, Feinstein, Frank…they all did worse, and much more harm…yet they are not confronted or even questioned.
Their is one reason, they are white…

right2bright on August 3, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Much more importantly they are Jews.

jsunrise on August 3, 2010 at 3:54 PM

I think Rangle will protest politely, lose, and then get tossed from the house. Then he will be re-elected in Nov and be right back in the house in Jan.

Waters is a spitefull hatefull person. She will loudly blame and slander everyone she can imagine is at the root of her troubles. At some point the Democrats will either drag some of the people she will be naming as ‘guilty of the same as her’ into this mess or they will simply let her get away with it all. With the reviewing group being 50/50 Dem’s and Repub’s, this could be the best theater!

Freddy on August 3, 2010 at 3:59 PM