Thursday, October 08, 2009
This story is an example of a group protecting its members even though there is good reason for one of them to be dismissed. Representative Rangel has been an escalating embarrassment to the Democrats for months, but he also is a senior member of the House. And, because the Democrats are in power, they can shield him from calls to step down. There are times when having the power to stay in place is better than public relations. This is one. Rangel thus far has show little contrition for his failure to report income and pay taxes. From a PR point of view, he is a disaster for the Democrats, but he and they don't care. They can get away with it. That's good enough.