Video: Democrats applaud Rangel after voting to censure him

posted at 7:16 pm on December 2, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via Gateway Pundit. “We are a political body,” he acknowledged sadly in his floor speech after the vote, and darned if Democrats didn’t prove him right. First they offered an amendment that would have reduced his punishment to a mere reprimand instead of the Ethics Committee’s recommendation of censure. A clear majority of them voted yes on that, simply because a reprimand would have spared him the baby wrist slap of having to stand before the House during the reading of a censure resolution. The amendment failed when 105 Democrats joined with an almost unified GOP in voting no. (Three Republicans voted yes, one of whom was Ron Paul.) Then, on the censure vote, dozens of Democrats who preferred reprimand sucked it up and voted yes on the harsher punishment to cover their asses and make sure they could say later that they’re all pro-ethics ‘n stuff. Final roll: 333-79. Then, just to make sure everyone realized how much they hate having to deliver this baby wrist slap, a bunch of them got up and gave him a standing O after his predictably self-serving speech. Remember, this is a guy who was found guilty on 11 counts, including failure to pay taxes while he was chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. Pathetic.

He’s the first congressman censured since 1983 and only the fifth in the past century. You can watch an ashen-faced Pelosi deliver the formal reading of the verdict over at Mediaite. A fitting final note for “the most ethical Congress ever.”


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When crooks run the government vote them out. Keep voting them out until they are all gone, then keep them out.

tarpon on December 2, 2010 at 7:17 PM

he belongs in jail, double standards are poison

Daveyardbird on December 2, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Gross.

RedNewEnglander on December 2, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Meanwhile, peasants who can’t decipher the tax codes (that this douchebag wrote) are in jail. Censure? Who cares? Why isn’t he in jail…he confessed?

Dingbat63 on December 2, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Outrageous. This piece of human filth should rot in prison for the rest of his miserable life.

OmahaConservative on December 2, 2010 at 7:22 PM

All that is wrong with America in one convenient meat sack.

nico on December 2, 2010 at 7:22 PM

He served in Korea, dontcha know?

OxyCon on December 2, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Oh, and by the way, he states that this was worse than some day in Korea when he was shot at. Sorry, I have been shot at and there it doesn’t get much worse than that. So, if we believe Charlie, the this “censure”, that has no consequences, was worse than be killed? Charlie either was never shot at or is full of Sh$t.

Dingbat63 on December 2, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Saw this live. Disgusting.

He should be in prison and everyone who clapped should be fired the next time they are up for election.

Man we have GOT to clean house. We must find some people with principles.

gary4205 on December 2, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Did they censure Tom Delay?

royzer on December 2, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Yep, the system can fix itself. Sure, I believe that. Uh-huh.

Limerick on December 2, 2010 at 7:26 PM

I wonder how Wesley Snipes feels about this censure…

karl9000 on December 2, 2010 at 7:27 PM

I am sure he is now being investigated by the justice department and the IRS…

d1carter on December 2, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Everyone needs to go see Nancy reading the reprimand!..I thought she was going to cry!..:)

Dire Straits on December 2, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Anyone who stood up should be sought out for a primary challenge. Are we not a nation of laws?

portlandon on December 2, 2010 at 7:32 PM

I thought she was going to cry!..:)

Dire Straits on December 2, 2010 at 7:28 PM

I thought she was crying. Can’t tell with that face you can bounce a quarter off of, though.

OmahaConservative on December 2, 2010 at 7:33 PM

I thought she was crying. Can’t tell with that face you can bounce a quarter off of, though.

OmahaConservative on December 2, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Good point!..LOL!..:)

Dire Straits on December 2, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Charlie either was never shot at or is full of Sh$t.

Dingbat63 on December 2, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Both.

OmahaConservative on December 2, 2010 at 7:33 PM

You get a stiffer fine for running a red light.

esnap on December 2, 2010 at 7:34 PM

What`s Ron Paul`s problem? Is censure not in the Constitution?

ThePrez on December 2, 2010 at 7:36 PM

“Most honest, most open, most ethical Congress, evah!”

Right Nancy?

GarandFan on December 2, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Wonder if Eric Holder will start an investigation. Probably charge Congress with racial profiling.

GarandFan on December 2, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Did they censure Tom Delay?

royzer on December 2, 2010 at 7:25 PM

nope, they went after him with real prosecutors and real criminal charges, not the “pretend” king like Rangel got.

Tim Zank on December 2, 2010 at 7:38 PM

My goodness, that was so harsh. I hope poor mad max doesn’t have to go through this humiliation.

dragondrop on December 2, 2010 at 7:38 PM

The tyrannical minority who have been ruling with impunity saw a small sampling of Americans’ independent spirit and resolve to remain free on November 2nd, 2010. So far, they seem blinded by their ideology and own self-importance.

They underestimate Americans. The tyrannical always have.

kingsjester on December 2, 2010 at 7:39 PM

What`s Ron Paul`s problem? Is censure not in the Constitution?

ThePrez on December 2, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Plus he voted with the Democrats on the middle class Bush tax cuts!..I guess he is still convinced WTC #7 did not fall on it’s own?!?..:)

Dire Straits on December 2, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Why bother. Open corruption rates a standing O. Say good night Gracie.

WitchDoctor on December 2, 2010 at 7:39 PM

OT- This is seriously too much. The LPGA will now let people born as men but now surgically converted to women compete on their tour.

http://sports.yahoo.com/golf/pga/news?slug=ap-lpga-transgender

CWforFreedom on December 2, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Did they censure Tom Delay?

royzer on December 2, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Nope, they went after him with real prosecutors and real criminal charges, not the “pretend” kind like Rangel got.

Must have hit the strike key before!

Tim Zank on December 2, 2010 at 7:40 PM

The rings are shot, head gasket leaks, waterpump is touch and go, duct tape holding up the drivers window, not a lightbulb works, four bald tires and no spare……and every two years we take it in for a new coat of paint.

Perfect.

Limerick on December 2, 2010 at 7:40 PM

So when does the criminal prosecution commence?

JammieWearingFool on December 2, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Watching Peter King (R) of New York support Charlie on the House floor was disgusting.

“I’ve never seen Charlie disrespect anyone in all the years I’ve known him.”

Oh yeah?

“Why don’t you mind your G-damn business?” – Charlie Rangel

The Ruling Class circle the wagons is a disgusting thing to watch.

portlandon on December 2, 2010 at 7:41 PM

I briefly saw this on Fox where the bottom line had words to the effect of “I just want to be treated fairly.” What a crock. The crook should be in Atica.

cobrakai99 on December 2, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Pelosi couldn’t have hit the gavel more softly without putting a pillow underneath it. Way to show commitment to an ethical government. Did they televise the part where she went over to Rangel and wept on his shoulder and pleaded for forgiveness?

pedestrian on December 2, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Justice has been served by this wrist slap. /s

FloatingRock on December 2, 2010 at 7:45 PM

pedestrian on December 2, 2010 at 7:42 PM

LOL!..:)

Dire Straits on December 2, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Oh no!!!!!!!}
Not a censure!!!!!!

The humanity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The freakin’ humanity!!!!!!!!!!!

(Did his pension survive?)

profitsbeard on December 2, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Democrats applaud Rangel after voting to censure him

They wanted to do the same thing after the jury returned “not guilty” verdicts for O.J. Simpson, but were prevented from doing so by rules of protocol — remember, if you will, that O.J. was not a member of the House.

However, a resolution to make O.J. an honorary member of that esteemed body so as to make it possible for Democrats to applaud him was floated and managed to attract numerous Democrat co-signers, but somehow the matter never made it to the floor for a full vote — evidently the paper on which the proposed resolution was published had to be recycled into blank cheques when the House banking scandal architects ran short of stock on which those easy-money instruments could be printed.

FlameWarrior on December 2, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Orange Jumpsuit, feet and hands shackled, and perp walked out of a courthouse is how this should have ended.

Charlie Rangel is Bernie Madoff of the House of Representatives.

portlandon on December 2, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Pathetic

Which, the tax cheating piece of garbage, or those idiots that applauded the garbage?

Just think folks, if that were either you or I, we’d be going to jail.

Kini on December 2, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Just think folks, if that were either you or I, we’d be going to jail.

Kini on December 2, 2010 at 7:54 PM

I plan on putting that to the test from here on out.

darwin-t on December 2, 2010 at 7:56 PM

This was SOOO inappropriate! I also think it’s funny that 3 out of 5 people censured in the last century have the first name “Charlie” and 4 out of 5 are Democrats.

NTWR on December 2, 2010 at 7:57 PM

First they offered an amendment that would have reduced his punishment to a mere reprimand instead of the Ethics Committee’s recommendation of censure.

A distinction without a difference.

James on December 2, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Did they censure Tom Delay?

royzer on December 2, 2010 at 7:25 PM

No, dummy. They sent him to jail for something they all had done and he had no personal gain. Your eyes are blinded and your memory dimmed by your asinine devotion to your party’s talking points. Grow up! Get a brain!

O that’s right. A tongue lashing and standing ovation for a black dmocrapt and a jail term for a non-black republican. You wouldn’t know a democrapt double standard if it bit you in the arse.

Old Country Boy on December 2, 2010 at 8:01 PM

I plan on putting that to the test from here on out.

darwin-t on December 2, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Don’t look for a bailout from me.

Kini on December 2, 2010 at 8:01 PM

No Justice…

… No Peace!!!

Seven Percent Solution on December 2, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Just think folks, if that were either you or I, we’d be going to jail.

Kini on December 2, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Excellent point!..:)

Dire Straits on December 2, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Seems like a nice man – too bad he’s a scumbag

jake-the-goose on December 2, 2010 at 8:11 PM

This is how ethical government ends under the Left…

… to a standing ovation.

JohnGalt23 on December 2, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Good, I’m glad we won’t have to hear this hustler for a while now. I’m putting him on blast.

Hummer53 on December 2, 2010 at 8:13 PM

If Rangel were not a member of Congress, would the IRS allow him to be censured in public and leave it at that?

Seems there are a number of Americans doing jail time or having had their income garnished and property seized for doing a lot less than Rangel did.

I thought all Americans were to be afforded equal justice under law. Guess members of Congress are not Americans? Or not accountable under law? Surely, they are not equal to the rest of us.

coldwarrior on December 2, 2010 at 8:14 PM

I note that Barney Frank was among those who voted against censure.

Probably expecting his own censure vote to come up shortly…

sultanp on December 2, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Wesley Snipes goes to the pen for tax evasion and Charlie Rangel receives a get-out-of-jail free card for the same offense.

RACISM pure and simple!!!

honsy on December 2, 2010 at 8:29 PM

seriously?

—–
puhleeeze

cmsinaz on December 2, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Just think folks, if that were either you or I, we’d be going to jail.

Kini on December 2, 2010 at 7:54 PM
Excellent point!..:)

Dire Straits on December 2, 2010 at 8:06 PM

exactamundo…

wesley is not feelin’ the love

cmsinaz on December 2, 2010 at 8:31 PM

I just had ethics training at my company today.
What was weird was that there was option for being censured and …there would be no standing ovation.

Electrongod on December 2, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Anyone who remembers the democrat love fest that Bill Clinton got after he was impeached, wouldn’t be suprised at this.

Rebar on December 2, 2010 at 8:37 PM

I think Rangel is a joke and deserves much worse.

That said, Rangel, as I understand it, filed returns, but omitted substantial income (the rental income from the Dominican property). That should open up his prior years’ returns beyond the normal three-year statute of limitations. Meanwhile, Snipes, as I understand it, didn’t even file returns. Indeed, Snipes tried to pull one of those crackpot tax-protester arguments claiming that he wasn’t subject to federal income tax at all.

Snipes, I think, is far greater villain from an income-tax perspective. Whether Rangel’s position as chairman of the Ways and Means committee and all the other stuff makes him an equivalent villain, I won’t argue with you. But from a federal income tax perspective, Snipes is a much greater villain.

BuckeyeSam on December 2, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Did they censure Tom Delay?

royzer on December 2, 2010 at 7:25 PM

I thought this article was about Charlie Rangel.

Did I miss something in the translation or was there a reference to Mr. Delay made by Charlie?

belad on December 2, 2010 at 8:49 PM

There is nothing to corrupt for democrats to celebrate as long as you tow the liberal line.

Democrats celebrating corruption like Rangel’s is nothing new for them:

Studds gets standing ovation after Censure.

Studds was a central figure in the 1983 Congressional page sex scandal, when he and Representative Dan Crane were each separately censured by the House of Representatives for an inappropriate relationship with a congressional page — in Studds’ case, a 1973 homosexual relationship with a 17-year-old.


Studds received two standing ovations from supporters in his home district at his first town meeting following his congressional censure.

Democrats were ready to hang Mark Foley and he didn’t even touch anybody.
What he did was disgusting and violated the ethical standards of his position….
….so he did the right thing and resigned…..
He received no standing ovations from Republicans.

…………democratic Congressman Rangel…
…………………….not so much.

How progressive!!!

Baxter Greene on December 2, 2010 at 9:03 PM

I wonder how Wesley Snipes feels about this censure…

karl9000 on December 2, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Funny stuff: A Tale of Four Tax Cheats

There really is one set of laws for the ruling class and another for the rest of us.

slickwillie2001 on December 2, 2010 at 9:06 PM

They had to applaud him, or Lewis would have called them all racists for censuring him. I can just hear him, “A black man standing in front of a group of whites, for the purpose of being shamed. . . this is the image of the slave auction, yada yada yada.” So they had to clap for him to show they didn’t really mean it.

smellthecoffee on December 2, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Yet again….BEHOLD the mind numbing power pigment

All hail…………

dmann on December 2, 2010 at 9:20 PM

OT- This is seriously too much. The LPGA will now let people born as men but now surgically converted to women compete on their tour.

http://sports.yahoo.com/golf/pga/news?slug=ap-lpga-transgender

CWforFreedom on December 2, 2010 at 7:40 PM

It’s just a hole.

SouthernGent on December 2, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Anyone who remembers the democrat love fest that Bill Clinton got after he was impeached, wouldn’t be suprised at this.

Rebar on December 2, 2010 at 8:37 PM

They held a pep rally for him, on the steps of the Capitol.

bin Laden said that the 9/11 attacks were supposed to happen on Clinton’s watch. One of the main reasons he gave for wanting to attack America (even though the plot had started much earlier than 1998) was his disgust at Clintoon’s adultery in office.

Del Dolemonte on December 2, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Their applause proved this is all for show. They really think he did nothing wrong. They only “punished” him because this is what they’re “supposed” to do….They all have a moral vacuum…..

theaddora on December 2, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Rangel needs to be in jail, seriously. Spanking this POS on the ass just shows how low we have become. And the sad thing is, nobody cares. You ask someone in the grocery story about Rangel, they have no fing clue. This is where we are people. We are failing big time.

nwpammy on December 2, 2010 at 9:46 PM

What a sorry system our government has become, letting fools like this play the system and win. He won. If you or I had cheated and been corrupt guess where we would be.

scalleywag on December 2, 2010 at 9:54 PM

We will vote to keep lowering the current number of crooks in the government. Maybe a citizen could file a lawsuit since chulie has failed to pay taxes he has stolen money owed us. Just a good old simple pain in the A$$ lawsuit each week for him to answer.

Col.John Wm. Reed on December 2, 2010 at 10:29 PM

These folks are lucky. When this nation was founded, these idiots who stood up and applauded could have faced some serious punishment. Any chance we can bring back tarring?

We have become a truly deplorable people.

TheBlueSite on December 2, 2010 at 10:51 PM

Scum applauding scum for being scum. Just another day in Congress.
The Founders would weep. There was never supposed to be a special class of people above the law in this country.

Grayson on December 2, 2010 at 10:57 PM

And we wonder why people lie, cheat and steal – where have our morals gone……….

One only has to see elected House of Representatives (you know, those people elected to represent the American people) giving this piece of garbage a standing ovation (after cheating and lying), to know the answer.

katablog.com on December 2, 2010 at 10:59 PM

Den of Thieves.

Luka on December 2, 2010 at 11:51 PM

“You’re a liar, a cheat, and a scumbag, but seeing as how you’re a Democrat, we’ll let you go.”

Why should I follow any of their rules? Seriously.

Merovign on December 2, 2010 at 11:52 PM

DemocRATS.

The bane of our existence.

FlatFoot on December 3, 2010 at 2:09 AM

Trash supports trash.

Like…duh

MNHawk on December 3, 2010 at 6:33 AM

And these Democrat assclowns wonder why they were tossed out of power in the House?

Maybe after people see this, they will gear up to finish the job in 2012 when we can throw rest of these morons out of the Senate AND the White House!

pilamaye on December 3, 2010 at 8:03 AM

They love people who break the law and don’t pay their federal and state income taxes Well not everybody. You or me they they would just put in jail.

TrickyDick on December 3, 2010 at 8:40 AM