Sunday, July 10, 2005

The Meaning Of Selfish

Conservative commentator Robert Novak wrote an article two days ago that is packed literally to the brim with political intrigue and touches on multiple subjects. The meat of the commentary centers around the 2008 presidential campaign (John McCain is "70% probable" to run) and the Supreme Court, where conservative Appellate Judge Edith Jones is considered a prime appointee in part because her gender would cripple the feminist lobby's influence on her confirmation. The most shocking information within the piece, however, involves Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and one really, really expensive birthday party.

According to Novak:
[Rangel] has written to lobbyists who represent corporate interests before the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, where he is the ranking Democrat, asking for contributions from $1,000 to $10,000 "to underwrite" his 75th birthday party. (Emphasis added - Ed.)

Hillary Clinton and Wesley Clark will both speak at the event. If the amount requested is any indication, then U2 will be on hand to entertain the guests while Rangel chats up multiple Playboy Playmates and sips Cristal. Oh, wait...Charles Rangel isn't Hugh Hefner? I couldn't tell for a moment.

To put it simply, this is nuts. Rangel represents Harlem in Congress; in fact, he's done so for 18 terms. He doesn't need any cash for his re-election campaign because he's running unopposed. Although he does give other Democratic candidates cash via his National Leadership PAC, I doubt this money is going to serve any purpose aside from making sure Rangel is the most happening grandpa in Congress on his birthday. With all due respect, Rep. Rangel, one of the main tenets of your job is to represent the people. Don't blow the fruits of corporate generosity strictly on yourself.

And while you're at it, give Mr. Hefner back his red silk pajamas.


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