Draining the Swamp

Rep. Charles Rangel, who represents a District in New York City, lost his chairmanship of the powerfull House Ways and Means Committee earlier this year amid varied ethics charges. After over two years of investigation by a House panel, Rep. Rangel will be tried by the U.S. House of Representatives. Given what is now the country’s mood as reflected by polls and pundits, I would suggest Rep. Rangel’s most public trial could well become the Mark Foley millstone around the neck of the Democratic Party. They are already in trouble and this issue will not help.

It will be interesting to see if other Democrats can convince the 80 year old Rangle, a 40 year representative, to take one for the team. This issue, along with numerous other happenings, reminds me of Nancy Pelosi’s promise during the 2006 election season to ” drain the swamp ” in the House if she becomes Speaker. I don’t think this is exactly what she had in mind.


  1. Ahpundit says:

    The ‘allusive’ metaphor is albatross.

  2. Randy in Richmond says:

    From Dictionary.com:

    mill·stone   /ˈmɪlˌstoʊn/ Show Spelled[mil-stohn] Show IPA
    1. either of a pair of circular stones between which grain or another substance is ground, as in a mill.
    2. anything that grinds or crushes.
    3. any heavy mental or emotional burden (often used in the phrase a millstone around one’s neck ).

  3. Samuel Taylor Coleridge is turning in his grave.

    To your real point: I don’t see Mr. Rangel going quietly for the sake of his party. Quiet is not his style.

  4. Randy in Richmond says:

    I suspect you are right Kathryn. They may make him an offer he can’t refuse, but I couldn’t guess what that might be.

  5. If I remember correctly the saying goes : “You forget that your original goal was to drain the swamp, when you are up to your a$$ in alligators!”

  6. That’s funny!