Charlie Rangel Goes Under the Bus
President Barack Obama has kept mum on the fate of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) for days -- but he tells CBS News that it's time for the embattled 80-year-old former Ways and Means Chairman to end his career "with dignity."
"I think Charlie Rangel served a very long time and served-- his constituents very well. But these-- allegations are very troubling," Obama told Harry Smith in an interview to be aired on the "Early Show." and first broadcast on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.
"And he'll-- he's somebody who's at the end of his career. Eighty years old. I'm sure that-- what he wants is to be able to-- end his career with dignity. And my hope is that-- it happens. "
80 years old? On Capitol Hill, that's just getting started: octogenerians and even nonagenarians abound; but it may difficult for the comparatively youthful and inexperienced quadragenarian president to maintain perspective and sensitivity in these matters.
Update: "Hey, remember that scene in Godfather II when Michael kissed Fredo?"
Related: Curiously, as President Obama orders one octogenarian under the bus, he resurrects another to help sell his agenda to appropriately frightened senior citizens. In other words, there's an honorary new ObamaCare Sheriff in town -- and he just rode in from Mayberry.
Related: Maxine Waters is in deep water as well -- possibly also as deep as Fredo on the boat, it seems. "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."