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March 1st, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Why does House Speaker Pelosi still defend Rep. Rangel?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Congressman Charlie Rangel's actions don't pass the "smell test"... yet she refuses to force him out as chairman of the powerful ways and means committee.

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

However the pressure is mounting. Some Democrats are now joining with Republicans in calling for the New York congressman to be removed. The New York Times says the "arrogance" Rangel showed after the ethics committee ruling gives one more reason for Pelosi to "stop protecting him."

Pelosi acknowledges that "what Mr. Rangel has been admonished for is not good"... but that he didn't "jeopardize our country in any way." Pelosi says she's waiting for the ethics committee to finish its investigation before she makes any decisions.

This is the same Nancy Pelosi who vowed to "drain the swamp" in Washington when she became speaker; and the same Nancy Pelosi who years ago called on Republicans to remove the "ethically unfit" Tom Delay as their majority leader.

The ethics committee admonished Rangel for taking two corporate-sponsored trips to the Caribbean. And there's a laundry list of other issues they're investigating that involve Rangel's personal finances - like not reporting hundreds of thousands of dollars on income and assets... They're also looking into Rangel's fundraising efforts, his use of several, rent-stabilized Harlem apartments, and his failure to pay taxes on a vacation home in the Dominican Republic.

Here’s my question to you: Why does House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continue to defend Rep. Charlie Rangel?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Annie in Atlanta writes:
The ruling class doesn't have to abide by the same rules we do, apparently. Just like the South Carolina Republicans with Sanford or the Justice Department with Bush and Cheney. They all make me sick.

Kellen in New Jersey writes:
I don't blame Nancy Pelosi. The last time she went after William Jefferson, she got in trouble with the Congressional Black Caucus. They will circle the wagons against her if she acts too rashly. I don't blame her for waiting but I think she will eventually have to ask him to step down.

Donald in Cameron, North Carolina writes:
Another prime example, regardless of Democrat or Republican, of protecting your own to maintain a majority. They're all crooked as hell and that's why they are in Congress, not to serve the people, but for financial rewards they can accrue serving the vested interests.

Dave writes:
In polite terms: Because they are all political animals. If Nancy doesn't support Rangel now and he manages to get through this, there will be payback! She knows that. That's not to say she is a person of conviction, and won’t change her mind later.

Ryan writes:
This is not that big of a deal, Jack. Even the Ethics Committee pointed out that he didn't know who was paying for the trip and that his staff who did know didn't tell him. He fired staff over this. Calm down, buddy.

Jack in Toledo, Ohio writes:
Jack, It's difficult to pull the plug and drain the swamp in which you slither.

Doug in Clifton Park, New York writes:
Politicians are like a bunch of bananas. They hang together, they're all yellow, and there's not a straight one among them.

soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. Bill in PA.

    Because I wound believe that they are someway contacted. She didnt get to were she is at by being honest and clean. They are all crooks and theives. Just like Roanld Reagen all you have to say is "I do not recall that" and you go scott free.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  2. Albert K., Los Anegles

    Jack, Rangel's defense? He is not a Republican

    March 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
  3. roseann

    i believe the speaker is awaiting the full results of the ethics commission.i also think that now that we have an ethics board we should adhere to it.when we hear all the facts then a decision should be made.in this world of immediate reaction we should all let the system play out.i commend the speaker for not caving in to the call's of firing rangle before we know all the facts.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Very good question. Perhaps because she is sucking up to Obama?

    March 1, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  5. DW Gard

    That's easy. He has something on her.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  6. Kevin Hancock

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is just another liar and thief. I think the saying is thick as thieves? The analogy here works on so many levels!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  7. Cindy from Ohio

    I don't see it as her sticking by him as reported, but instead she is staying out of the way of the Ethics Committee and their final conclusions as to his punishment. Do the math, Jack. He is one vote that she so needs for health reform. Get his vote and hopefully after that event the findings will be handed down regarding his stupidity. Kick his butt to the curb now and the lack of that one vote might mean the difference in the country's biggest hurdle. Health care reform or punishment of a now corrupt, but once an honorable Congressman. Easy choice in my life. Sadly in ten years he will be a forgotten name on the long list of corrupt politicians and hopefully not a crucial missing vote for the cause of the injured, sick and dying Americans with no insurance, under-insured status, or depleted savings due to health. Pelosi is not the problem, Jack.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  8. John from Alabama

    Jack: Why do people still defend President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney? Why do people defend Republicans who did away with paygo, passed Part D Medicare with out funding it, who use supplementals to fund two wars rather the budget process, who gave $1.2 Trillion dollars in taxcuts to the top 5% in the income brackett? Jack answer those questions, and then we can talk about the Speaker and Rangel. I did not say anything about Senator Phil Graham de-regulating investment banks in 1999. Lets hold those in control from 1994 until 2006 in Congress.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  9. MNResident

    There is no honor amoung thieves, Jack...

    March 1, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  10. Terrence Cain

    Cause that is what politicians do, Jack. Anytime a politician screws up and does wrong someone from their party comes to their side and defends them whether they are right or wrong. It's a stupid move on her part, and may end up costing her her own re-election. Rangel needs to resign and walk away.

    Terrence Cain
    Big Spring, TX

    March 1, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  11. Bizz Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    Jack, I guess that is just the way politics are done today. Stand up for members of your own party even if the evidence strongly suggest that they might be guilty. You can bet if it was a member of the republican party the democrats would be throwing a rope over one of the beams in the house of representatives. What I can't understand is why haven't we heard anything about senator Ensign, where there is strong evidence that he paid off a member of his own staff, who's wife he had an affair. It's puzzling to me why everyone from you, the news media,and the democrats haven't said a word on this subject?

    March 1, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  12. JENNA

    Why does House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continue to defend Rep. Charlie Rangel?

    Because he wasn't the only one on that junkette yet he was the only one thumped for it..

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    March 1, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  13. Lou from North Carolina

    He knows something.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  14. Jim Z..Ft. Worth...Texas

    Jack, what exactly was it we all missed? She sure looks and acts like a dog about to expel some razor blades.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  15. David of Alexandria VA

    Because, until health care is passed or dead, she needs every vote she can get. Once that happens, she'll drop him like....well...a pre-existing condition.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  16. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    Three things come to my mind, Representative Rangel is a powerful Democrat, is from New York, and is a black American. It would be interested to know if Pelosi would do the same if Rangel was a Republican (Who am I kidding? It would be "Hell, No!")

    March 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  17. Samantha Rios

    The question is why does CNN defend Charlie?

    March 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  18. Greg Turman

    Pelosi defending Rangel has nothing to do with the color of his skin, his race and certainly not his content of character. Nancy needs his vote.
    However, Rangel is a Clintonite & if he gets in president Obama's way he had better look both ways for that big bus. HONK ! HONK !

    Greg Turman
    Dallas,Texas

    March 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  19. maria hope

    Nashville TN
    It's a huge mistake on Pelosi's part. Just one more log on the republican right wing media's bonfire.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  20. Fred

    Very sorry for your lose.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  21. santa clause

    well he is a scam artist and a fraud goes right along with pelosi's ways

    March 1, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  22. Gary in El Centro

    Because if Charlie goes down on this, they are all vulnerable. Charlie hasn't done anything that the rest of them don't do, from both sides of the isle.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  23. phil reed

    when Nancy Pelosi started i saw a little hope but then she opened her mouth.
    Phil from Tulsa

    March 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  24. Joe R - Houston

    Crooks protect each other because no one else will and when the tables are turned, Rangel will be there for her too. Republicans continue to protect George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for the exact same reason. It's time to get rid of them all.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  25. Joanne B

    That's an easy one Jack, Pelsoi cut from the same mold – the money she's spent on Champagne, food, flying all over the world that cost NORMAL decent Americans $2.5 Million dollars.
    She's also incoherent – makes not sense much of the time.
    Joanne
    Mn

    March 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  26. george charles paree

    She like obama is a progressive or a communist jack any crook they can keep in office

    March 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  27. GWTripp Mechanicsburg, PA

    Charlie may be in trouble, but he's still a powerful man. Let us not forget that troubles are quickly forgotten in our nation. Remeber the 1980's Savings and Loan scandals? Recall how one Senator John McCain was sanctioned by the Senate's Ethics Committee for his role in the Lincoln coverup? Most Americans do not and those who do make very little of it. Now if Charlie had been involved in a sex scandal, that is a horse of a different collor.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  28. Bill

    Does the term "Thick as Thieves" ring any bells ?

    March 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  29. Ryan- Galesburg, IL

    It's because the corruption that you're not covering is much, much worse than this, Jack.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  30. Josh

    I'm going to go with, either (1) she wants something from him; or (2) she's an incopetent hack with questionable judgment, in way over her head.

    And I'm a liberal!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  31. Loren, Chicago

    Because Speaker Pelosi doesn't have a clue. She seems to suffer the peculiar Washington disease of thinking that she has all the answers, particularly when it comes to spending money our government doesn't have. In any case, she knows she needs Rangel's votes and recognizing his poor behavior might cause her to look at her own, and that won't ever happen.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  32. Bruce Jenkins

    Twinsburg, Ohio

    I hope it's because no ethics charges have been filed against him; we're not supposed to convict anyone until after the trial. Although I would like to sentence all Legislature Members to no jobs, no health care, and a foreclosed home for the next 5 years.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  33. cj

    Jack:

    In her defense of Charlie Rangel, Speaker Peloso is demonstrating the same type of hyprocrisy and elastic sense of morality as Sarah Palin when she lambasted Rahm Emanuel for using the "R" word one day, only to defend Rush Limbaugh for similar language the next day. How can our politicians be expected to reform healthcare when they can't even tell right from wrong when it is staring at them in the face !!!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  34. Ed from Chicago

    Pelosi is following the club rules, refusing to condemn a colleague of stature. She should only know how demoralizing it is for progressives to watch her cede the moral high ground. Her stand on this issue raises doubts about her connection to reality, while putting her party in the uncomfortable position of being lectured on ethics by their less-ethical opposition. Rangel has made a mess, and Pelosi has stepped in it.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  35. Frances Cappelletti

    That is such a minisculd matter that it does not enter my radar.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  36. Mark, Bradenton,FL

    Because Pelosi, Reid, and Rangel are the biggest crooks in Congress. It is time for a French Revolution and the Guillotine.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  37. Frances Cappelletti

    Health care reform, health industry reform, and health care for all American citizens is a major concern. Not all these other side issues.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  38. Ed from MD

    Because she loves him or he has something on her.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  39. Tina Tx

    It would be one less Democrat to vote on key issues. They all circle their arms around their party come right or wrong. Term limits, please.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  40. BEVERLY-Mystic,Iowa

    SHE DOESN'T!!! Sunday, I heard an interview with her. She never said she supported him. Quite the contrary; she spoke about her years serving on the ETHICS committee. Have you been listening to CROCKS NEWS again, Jack? You must have had a very bad weekend , to be so negative this early in the week, so I'm very sorry that it wasn't better

    March 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  41. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    The easy answer is that she is a congressperson, and all the skunks in Congress are two-faced, unethical, dishonest, self-serving bums that wouldn’t know an ethics violation if it hit them in the head. The other answer is that perhaps she needs every Democratic vote she can find to get the healthcare bill passed into law, given the Party-of-NO's determination to wreck this administration at all cost.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  42. frank

    Politics and friendship.

    You'd defend Wolf wouldn't you?

    March 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  43. Gary in CA

    Jack,

    It looks like another symptom of a broken government to me. She probably just views it as a technicality because Charlie didn't fill out the right form in time.

    If you accept a gift from a vendor of my company you get fired. There is no form to fill out to make it right. It should be the same for our government. We need to eliminate the briberies and not allow our elected officials to legislate the bribery process.

    Gary

    March 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  44. Cody

    Why do the Republicans still defend Sen. John Ensign?

    Where are the Republican calls that he resign for his unethical behavior?

    We haven't heard them because Republicans are hypocrites.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  45. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Jack, it's the "Golden Rule" in Washington. He has the gold and thus makes the rules. In other words, he has something over her and is using his trump card to keep his job. We really need to clean house so to speak in Congress and send them all fishing as they have failed to do the job that took. There might be one or two that are on the right track, like Ron Paul.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  46. Doug - Dallas, TX

    Because unless the "discretion" is truly serious, they all stick together. Probably explains why no restrictions are passed restricting the lobby's and the money they spend and no true change will ever happen in the halls of Congress.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  47. Tom in Texas

    Ms. Pelosi can count House votes as well as we can.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  48. Maria

    Nancy Pelosi got off to a good start...the 1st female speaker, yadda, yadda. And the power went to her brain just as quickly.

    When the public knows that a Rep. is crooked, then the Speaker knows, and she should resign. After all, the buck stops w/her in the Senate. She's dodged the bullet a number of times...it's time for her to resign or be fired.

    Maria

    Brunswick,MD

    March 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  49. Mr. D

    Simple answer-Politics. She backs this character because of the political penalty in lost votes for the party if he is thrown out of office. It's time this bag of wind goes, along with Pelosi.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  50. Michael Alexandria, VA

    The CBC would be in open revolt if she didn't – also, they have been friends and allies for many decades. Politics is about relationships, Jack.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  51. E. Bonaparte

    Why does House Speaker Pelosi still defend Rep. Rangel?
    For the same reason G.W. Bush defended Chaney and Chaney defended Scooter Libby.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  52. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack I am not so sure that Pelosi is defending Charlie Rangel. In her own warped mind the only thing that he did wrong was to get caught. He will be much better at hiding these improprieties the next time I promise you. And you can bet there will be a next time because nothing will happen to him. This is the new and improved Washington we have been hearing so much about for the last year.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  53. Katja in Bradenton, Florida

    Great show Friday night Jack. Very Informative! Please bring us more like it.
    As to answering your question, Pelosi is just as dirty as Rangel and probably thinks that if he go down, so will she. They both need to go...straight to jail for mis-appropreation of funds. Our funds.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  54. chris

    duh he's one of those dem's that she needs in her eyes he is a perfect angel

    March 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  55. Joe G. (Illinois)

    Because Nancy Pelosi is a protagonist of a story going well over budget in its yet pre-infant, pre-production stages. She needs the constant hype around her all the time as if it were a means to keep the wind under her wings.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  56. Dan - Eustis, florida

    Its called honor among thieves. All of our Washington Politicians both
    Democrats and Republicans always have their hand out. Didn't Pelosi
    and her cronies just stiff us taxpayers for their holiday junket to Denmark.
    They live in a different world than the rest of us. its called the world of entitlement , This is how things work in Washington. Its up to we the
    voters to throw the bums out. As long as we keep re-electing these same
    crooks, why wouldn't they feel entitled.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  57. Robert from Houston

    Because "birds who view themselves as privileged" flock together.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  58. Ray in Nashville

    What's a little arrogance among friends, Jack? She defends Rangel for the same reason Republicans still defend Trent Lott, they seem to think that being an elected official gives you special priviledges. As long as the trangression is not too bad in the eyes of their constituents, then they don't care. The best example of this is the story of the Louisiana governor who once said that for him to not be re-elected, he'd have to be caught in a hotel room with a dead girl or a live boy.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  59. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    OK Jack this is my 6th time on this comment in general.
    The good ole boys takin care of the good ole boys.The PEOPLE DO NOT MATTER AT ALL.Its get all you can and re-election its all about me me me me..................Pelosi is a power broker not a people helper.Rangel is her BUD!! and he is a VOTE!!!.................
    David

    March 1, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  60. Michael G Tampa, FL

    Jack,
    It's the culture of government.
    It's a lack of eithics.
    "Absolute power corrupts absolutely".
    Members of Congress protect each other because some
    day they will need to return the favor.
    It's why former President Bush won't comment on current President
    Obama's issues or problems.
    It's a corrupt culture of mutual protection.
    How many Senators and Representatives came out and condemned
    Sen. Stevens or any other convicted or disgraced politician ?
    How long will Alaskan's have to call their Juneau airport, "The Ted Stevens International Airport"?

    March 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  61. BAM in Maine

    He's a vote for healthcare ... and they probably share the same parking garage.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  62. david doherty

    My guess would be that she is dipping into the same well as charlie, why else would you back a crook. What better way to avoid prosecution than set a precedence too justify your own behavor.

    Dave from Peterbourgh, NH.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  63. John Kruger

    Because...love is in the air... everywhere you look around..

    Springfield, IL (NOT Chicago)
    John Kruger

    March 1, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  64. Rhande Morton

    Why did the entire Bush administration deny even knowing Jack Abramoff, Ralph Reed, Grover Norquist and the rest? And why didn't CNN do any investigative reporting on them?CNN has turned into Fox Light. You need to move to an honest network that will give you your own show, as you deserve. it's a sad time when "Wolf" and "Richie Rich" are the stars of your company. I don't watch you anymore because I have to sit through all of their bull to see a minute of you. You deserve much better.
    Rhande Morton

    March 1, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  65. Joe M (Mn)

    Jack,

    Birds of feather flock together and there is a fowel smell that hovers over her backing of Rangel. It's just politics Jack and unfortunately I am starting to expect corruption when it comes to our political leaders. It's sad but true.

    Joe (Brainerd, Mn)

    March 1, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  66. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville, Texas

    Jack, I'm still waiting to hear Pelosi explain her $2 Million dollar junket to Norway in which we tax payers paid for. Maybe she feels if she backs Rangel, she can side step her abuse of tax payer funds.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  67. CCC Tyrone, Georgia

    For the same reason that President Bush defended Cheney when he shot his friend. For the same reason, my Fayette County , Georiga Commissioners keep Commissioner Robert Horgan in the fold afer he was found with marijuana driving on our streets with an expired tag. For the same reason, it took forever for them to really get the Senator in Alaska who would have been still there working. It's the reason why South Carolina is stuck with Gov Stanford. Our government is now ran by PARTIES who protect their own right, wrong or indifferent.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  68. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    To often we put loyalty ahead of virtue, of what is right or wrong.

    It is time for Speaker Pelosi to be virtuous.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  69. Dennis North Carolina

    birds of the same feather flock together.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  70. joe m

    the speaker will remain supportive of rangle b/c she still needs him, and he probably knows things about her that can prove embarasing if they were revealed. rangle still remains an influential figure in teh house, despite all these ethical questions. much like many in washington, pelosi is only interested in punishing or calling out those who are not politically useful to her, or whom she disagrees with. much like the old saying, birds of a feather flock together and these dodo's are not about to part each others company.

    Hillsborough, NC

    March 1, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  71. David Gerstenfeld

    Jack, the only reason I can fathom is that she wants to convice loyal Democrats to switch parties in the next election. Whatever good Rangel has done in the past was appreciated. Now it's time to resign.
    I guess Congressman Rangel believed Nixon's famous line, " I am not a crook". well, guess what congressman, you are indeed a crook & a liar.
    David, Las Vegas

    March 1, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  72. Sheena

    Oh all this mess is getting so old, get rid of the whole damn bunch of them Corrupt Crooks in Office now!!!!
    With them two its scratch my back and I will scratch yours, you dont tell on me and I wont tell on you, Pure crooked corruption from them all.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  73. jimmy in greenville, north carolina

    I believe it is called the Democrat Blue Wall of Silence. You never rat out a fellow Democrat. I personally believe they all have skeletons in the closet. And lots of baggage in the closet. It's a big closet. Things are going so bad for Nancy that she doesn't want to have to talk bad about Charlie like he was some low life Republican.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  74. M & M

    Birds of a feather stick together.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  75. Joe CE

    The last statement from Pelosi stated that the report indicated that Rangle did not know about the violation. She also sdaid that there are other issues before the Ethics Committee that have not been resolved. I think that this is accurate. I think Pelosi is incompentent but in this case I would expect her to support Rangle.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  76. willchuck

    Because she is no different!!!! How much is she worth?

    March 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  77. frankie

    Because she can't find anyone in Congress who is without sin, to cast the first stone.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  78. Richard in Kansas

    Apparently because she can. She's got alot of power. Way too much power.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  79. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, Loved your special last Friday!! It was right on! Queen Nancy continues to defend Rangel because, to put it bluntly, he is NOT as corrupt or arrogant as she is, so she thinks he's still good for the Democrats' image. OH, and he is black, and heaven forbid she should do anything that could be construed as racist. Don't worry, I believe his district has had enough of Charlie's antics and he can retire this next election, and draw his $100,000 a year retirement regardless of the amount of corruption he is guilty of throughout his career.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  80. Jill

    Birds of a feather Jack.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  81. Janne from NC

    Birds of a feather

    March 1, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  82. Joe Hanson

    Jack,

    It's because Nancy Pelosi fears the Congressional Black Caucus more than those who call for the ouster of Rangel.

    Joe Hanson,
    Minneapolis, MN

    March 1, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  83. Will from San Jose, CA

    All politicians have a priority list: Power, Party and the People. Kicking out Congressman Rangel would hurt her party. While keeping him in makes him in debt to her and thus increases her power. Sadly doing what's right for the people is the last item on that list, regardless of the politician in question.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  84. Sue From Idaho

    Jack everyone needs a cause. Nancy has not shown a lot of leadership since she has been speaker, as the cowboys say all hat and no cattle.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  85. JW Georgia

    Come on, Jack....haven't you ever heard the expression "Thick as Thieves"?

    March 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  86. Bertina

    Didn't the Republican speaker do the same until there was no way he could have stopped corrupt members going to jail?

    March 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  87. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    Birds of a feather flock together. She needs 51!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  88. Lucy, Austin, Texas

    Representative Rangel has been in Congress for over 40 years. He was a founding member of the Black Caucus. There were 3 or 4 other members who were exonerated who took the same trip that Rangel did. Didn't the healthcare lobby flood Washington with over a million dollars per congressman this past year? So the Black guy takes a paid trip with other Black Caucus members and he is the only one who gets spanked? I think it sounds like a bum deal in comparison how much other Congressman have been stuffing their pockets with lobby money. If that is all he got caught with, I respect him. It almost sound likes he took a bullet for the rest of the Black Caucus.

    This is the worse recession since 1929. I am pretty tired of the Congress wasting time finger pointing and would like to see our Congressmen working together to solving problems of high unemployment and exploding costs of healthcare. So this is the major news story of what Congress has been actually doing this year. Congress's priority is to stick it to Democrat Rangel. I kind of like the saying...let he who is without sin to cast the first stone. I also like that other saying...he who lives in a glass house should not be throwing stones. Can't Congress at least pretend that they know they have a job to do?

    March 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  89. Gigi Oregon

    Just like the Republican party going after Pres. Clinton while Newt
    Gingridge at the time is playing the same game as Pres. Clinton. They each protect their own and to H- with the people. The cost to the American people is disgusting.

    Could we get some questions that might turn our government around. And not the this trash. Which no one is going to stop unless the media gives us the meat to shew on that will bring government to their knee's. And even then how would it get passed with the government we have now. It doesn't matter what "we the people" do. The very guilty/crooks will still be in charge.

    All the promises made will not be delivered in an election so why do they make them so long. Just a show for the
    American people and waste of tax dollars.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  90. Jim

    Well, That's simple Jack. It probably because the democrats need every body they can muster to get anything at all through the congress with the Republicans turning out to be a unified party of NO. I'm beginning to think a Republican conservative means never approving anything or doing anything positive for this country.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  91. Jim

    Well, That's simple Jack. It probably because the democrats need every body they can muster to get anything at all through the congress with the Republicans turning out to be a unified party of NO. I'm beginning to think a Republican conservative means never approving anything or doing anything positive for this country. And besides, it seems that they're all crooks anyway.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  92. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Pelosi needs to step up and remove Rangel from his Chairmanship right now. Truth be told neither Rangel nor Pelosi should even be sitting in their Congressional seats. I'm with you Jack,VOTE OUT ALL incumbents.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  93. Paul

    I bet she made a deal , when she became speaker . The democrats just cannot have it both ways . Either walk the talk or leave .

    March 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  94. Jim Z

    It didn't pass the smell test because it is a cesspool, not a swamp. He should be wearing a different set of pinstripes but she needs every vote to cram health care on us.

    Jim
    Spencerport,NY

    March 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  95. Mark

    Jack, it's not about what's right or wrong...it's about "politics"....Rangel could be Jack the Ripper and Pelosi would defend him because he's a fellow dem. On the other hand, if he was a republican, Pelosi would already having him roasting on an open fire.

    Mark
    OKC

    March 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  96. Leslie

    Because he is a life timer like she is and they protect each other in the congress like no other place on earth. What we need to do to repair this government is set term limits for members of congress in both houses forty years is too long to be in the congress. I like Mr. Rangel but the fact is. It is the position he holds that allowed him to be in the position to take those trips and, it is because of that, his ethics are now in question. He is not the first and he will not be the last. Life time members of the congress are blinded by the positions that they hold and this is why they find themselves in precarious positions. They believe themselves to be royalty. It is also the main reason that we need to set limitations on what a congress member can do while in the congress. Why is she protecting him because he will stand up for her when the time comes and believe me the time will come.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  97. Mike

    Because with the amount of abuse that she's put on the system she knows she has no room to talk or make judgements against others. Finally Pelosi does something right.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  98. Layne Alleman

    Jack, Don't crooks and cowards always circle their wagons when danger is imminent? Is this the same Madam Speaker who took a whirl-wind tour to the climate conference on taxpayer money? Guess it's same old, same old. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  99. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Duh, because she's a Democrat; and covering up for each other is their number two mission in life. Number one being spending our money as fast as possible.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  100. Denis Duffy

    Birds of a feather, flock together.

    Denis Duffy
    Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  101. Chris, NY

    Jack, Let the Committee finish their investigation in full, then rail agianst Pelosi.......Your psuedo anger at Washington is hilarious......here you are employed gainfully, and all you do is rebel rouse the disenchanted.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  102. John L - Independent

    Plain and simple – Pelosi continues to defend Rangel because she's just as arrogant, deaf, and crooked as Rangel.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  103. David Sisters OR

    Charlie toes the line, Nancy knows Charlie will go along with her on votes and whatever she needs–better the devil you know--

    March 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  104. marion/Alabama

    He is a Democrat,and probably has donated to her campaign as he has done to the members of the ethic committee.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  105. steve in florida

    Actually, Saying that his actions don't pass the smell test is a fairly poor defense. Waiting for due process is no And as far as Delay, he was in a league of his own. He couldn't pass a smell test in a Limburger Cheese plant after a bath in Chanel #5.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  106. Bev

    You might be getting the cart before the horse. It is up to the ethics committee to check things out. Gosh if they investigated everyone in congress, there would be a lot of them out on the street. They thought it was o.k. to have Palin runing for vice president and had, and still has ethics problems. Besides, Tom Delay was a snake in the grass and deserves what he got. He never did anything good for the people.
    Rangle has done a lot for the ordinary people, we need him fighting for us.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  107. Scott Stodden

    I don't know what Nancy Pelosi feels about this but I feel that he should definitly be removed from office as Congressman! When your not reporting money on income and assets and also not paying taxes come on Jack are you serious its time for Charlie Rangel to leave his post as Congressman immediatly, I encourage House Speaker Pelosi to remove Congressman Rangel immediatly!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    March 1, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  108. Bruce - Delaware

    because it s a crime family?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  109. honestjohn in Vermont

    'Cuz Charlie will vote her way.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  110. Greg H - Minneapolis

    Jack, the answer is simple. Charlie Rangel is a Democrat! Were he a Republican, then Nancy Pelosi would suddenly develop a spine and a sense of ethics, and rightfully DEMAND his resignation! But she doesn't dare point out his wrongdoing, lest HERS be brought into the light!!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  111. Jane (Minnesota)

    Simple, Jack, it's business as usual no matter with party is in charge.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  112. Donald Cameron, NC

    Another prime example, regardless of Democrat or Republican, of protecting your own to maintain a majority.

    They're all crooked as hell and that's why they are in Congress, not to serve the people, but for financial rewards they can acrue serving the vested interests.

    Throw all the bums out in Nov and start new.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  113. Annie, Atlanta

    The ruling class doesn't have to abide by the same rules we do, apparently. Just like the SC Republicans with Sanford or the Justice Department with Bush and Cheney. They all make me sick.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  114. John DeMartini

    In the overall scheme of things this is insignificant compared to the financial disaster the country is in, but it does indicate just how secure the "Republicrats" feel as far as their control of washington is concerned.
    They know they can do whatever they want.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  115. Alex in Gig Harbor

    He has already been admonished so it should rest there until other allegations are proven. Back in the day elected officials would resign for the good of the party. After governor Stanford stayed in office after "hiking the Appalachian Trail" the precedent was set for elected officials to ignore a scandal.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  116. Cassie

    Jack, I just want Nancy and Rangel along with Left Wing extremist to go and take the Right Wing nuts along with them so this dang Congress start getting the peoples work done!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  117. Ann from Charleston, SC

    Should we be surprised that a politician speaks out of both sides of her mouth? The Republicans are now doing to the Democrats what the Democrats did to the Republicans during the Bush years.

    I don't think we can know the "why" – we can only know why we would defend someone like Rangel. If it were me, it would because there was a history of some sort that I wouldn't want revealed if I didn't defend him.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  118. Michael n Seattle

    Why not he gets re elected every time by 85% plus he does a good job I support him too

    March 1, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  119. thedunker

    Oh this is an easy one. Because she is as big a scum bag as is Rangel. The absolute dregs of politics and society.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  120. Ed Canuck

    With friends like Pelosi and Reid, why does Obama need enemies? His firdt priority should be repkacing both of them.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  121. Tom Friedel

    Come on Jack, innocent until proven guilty,

    March 1, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  122. bill hammaker

    congres man should be removed from all commities

    March 1, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  123. Rick Vano

    Jack! Do you honestly expect the pot to call the kettle black?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  124. Guy

    Jack. This should cover it. Thicker than thieves.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  125. jack kass Toledo, Ohio

    Jack,
    It's difficult to pull the plug and drain the swamp in which you slither.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  126. vince cami

    Wellbasically two reasons she protects him
    One she is basically a politician who just plain lies. Second, he's black and she will not want to upset the Black Caucus
    Vince Cami
    Duluth, Ga

    March 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  127. minny sota

    Get rid of Rangel. Fine. who cares? But I don't understand about "not paying taxes on Dominican Republican home." Why would someone have to pay U.S. taxes on a Dominican Republic home? Can someone explain?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  128. Jim

    Jack, surely you are familiar with "Honor among thieves"? If our 'Senators do not protect each other, who will? But to protect us from them is is past time for TERM LIMITS, PLEASE.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  129. LuvleeWA

    Obviously he's got the goods ON HER!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  130. matthew harbison

    simple enough Mr.C – partisanship, thats all.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  131. Steve

    there in bed with each other

    March 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  132. Kellen Andry

    I don't blame Nancy Pelosi, the last time she went after William Jefferson her A@@ got hung in sling by the CBC. They will circle the wagons against her if she acts to rashly. I don't blame her for waiting but I think she will eventually have to ask him to step down.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  133. Susan Gordon

    Why does Nancy Pelosi continue to defend Charlie Rangle? I have come to the conclusion........because she is out of touch with reality. I wish I could go up on the Hill and yell; "IS ANYBODY HOME IN THERE?"

    March 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  134. Inez Jacklin

    Pelousi will not do anything about Rep. Rangel because she needs his vote for the upcoming healthcare legislation. Also I am beginning to think she is thinking about running for the presidency. She wasn't jumping up and down at the healthcare summit–to look more presidential.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  135. Lou

    Only one reason. She wants permission to copy his hair style. Boy, would she look great with that!!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  136. Ken in NC

    When you are up to your butt in gators or Republicans, it's hard to remember you came to drain that swamp.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  137. Ryan Basham

    This is not that big of a deal, Jack. Even the Ethics Committee pointed out that he didn't know who was paying for the trip and that his staff who did know didn't tell him. He fired staff over this. Calm down, buddy.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  138. Mike

    Because he's still the most trustworthy Rep. out of the whole bunch...

    March 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  139. Dennis Olson

    Charlie is a war hero and is innocent until proven guilty.

    Good grief, Jack.......quit your pathetic struggling to be a Lou Dobbs Fascist.

    You don't have it in you.....I hope.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  140. Jerry

    Probably because she is just as crooked as he is.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  141. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Charlie Rangel represents districts of NY that no one wants to enter.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  142. James H

    Nancy Pelosi and the word ethics are indeed an oxymoron. So far the democrats have done nothing but validate why they should never be left with the keys to that nations business....not that republicans are much better....but at least you don't have wholesale denial in the face of facts....good on you Jack....go get her!!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  143. Mike - Seattle Wa

    No surprise here. Just like the corrupt democratic government in Washington STATE, they model each other. Cover for each other.

    They realize now that they are all out of job next time they come up from re-election so why not scam the people as much as possible. I am not upset, I am a realist.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  144. Dave in CT

    Jack,
    I think with the Democrats having issues retaining a majority any loss and possible replacement election needs to be fought, regardless of the facts. Kind of sounds like a bunch of other Democratic inspired projects, doesn't it?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  145. leonard

    no one expects her to do so not even the republicans.this happens all to often in politics. it is not what is right and wrong anymore but it is about power.thats all democrats and republicans care about anyore except their jobs.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  146. Michelle

    Jack – I put them ALL under the same category: Crooks. Nancy Pelosi smells like a rotten fish.. who knows what she is hiding this time...and yes, I am a liberal from San Francisco

    March 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  147. Ken

    Rangel should go. He seems to think that the law is for everyone else and not him. He is always on the bandwagon trying to purge others so now it’s his time to go. What good has he done lately anyway?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  148. neal

    Simple:
    Birds of a feather fock together!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  149. April in Denver

    We can go after Charlie Rangel immediate following the trials of George Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Donald Rumsfeld. Rangel's misdeeds pale in comparison to the Bush Crime family!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  150. David Jones

    Come on Jack, you really have to ask this question? She is a politician!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  151. ed p

    its just another compromise for the heath bill if he votes for it ethics don't matter ethics compromise

    March 1, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  152. Ken in NC

    I think she defends Rangel because if she resolves that situation, the opposition will only bring up the next distraction they have on their agenda so as to keep the party in power off balance. You have to understand, Jack that the opposition really does not want this government to function without them calling the shots from a position of power.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  153. george coleman

    Ms. Polosi wants to admonish the Congressman who yelled "you lie" directed to Pres. Obama at the State of The Union Speech. Compare that with Dem. Charlie Rangel. Apples to Marijuana comparison.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  154. Patricia/Georgia

    Republicans have two standards .....one for themselves and ....one for everyone else. Frankly, if Charlie Rangle is guilty he shoud go but let's find out the facts. They just want to eliminate another democratic vote for health care. They did not feel that way about Mr. Stanford who took some nice trips and I bet if they checked, they would find out some were on the state. Another day in the life of goverment employees. It is time to get rid of all of them and start over but it would only happen again, I fear.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  155. Silas Kain - Boston

    It's all politics, Jack. Charlie Rangel's district covers parts of upper Manhattan, including Morningside Heights and the Upper East Side as well as Harlem. Wall Street insiders probably have a hot line to his bedroom phone. Rangel's been around a lot longer than P{elosi so my money is on Rangel having something on her which prevents her from kicking his sorry butt out of the chamber. Nancy Pelosi continues to prove that she doesn't have the skills of Tip O'Neill or John McCormack to be Speaker. This November, every Congressional election debate should include a question as to whether candidates will support her re-election to Speaker. It's a scary thought that Nancy Pelosi is two heart beats away from the Presidency. At least with Newt Gingrich there was a consistency.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  156. Dave

    In Polite terms

    Because they are all political animals. If Nancy doesn't support hm at this time and he manages to get threw this – there will be PAYBACK! She knows that. That's not to say she is a person of conviction, and won;t change her mind later. No one will pay attention to that.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  157. Miriamfl

    Why is Nancy Pelosi continue to defend Charlie Rangel? Even you question is presumptuous. She is Speaker and I thought in thin country you are innocent until proven guilty ! I guess this is what the media has become, Judge and Jury.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  158. RTS

    I dont think the question is why the speaker is defending him but how this man can afford a brownstone in one the most expensive real estate markets in the US and a house abroad. I make more then he does and there is no way I could afford this. It's clear..the guys a crook and it's these type of people in public office that need to be run out of town.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  159. Jim Dowd

    Meet the new Boss
    Same as the old boss...

    Pick up my quitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    Then I get on my knees and pray
    We don't get Fooled again

    March 1, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  160. jim williams

    The same problem that is so prevalent in almost all of the ligislators in washington...........lack of guts brought on by fear of their constiuancy. I'm beginning to believe that there must be a total clean-house.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  161. Alex

    Rangel has being the poster Boy for the extreme Left, but it is beyond my understanding why the Homeland Security have not investigated Rangel on treason for dealing with A communist regime such as Cuba ?
    What's up with that Mr. Cafferty ?
    Alex Santi.
    Miami Fla.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  162. Mike R

    Jack-Using 'Pelosi' and 'think' in the same sentence is a mistake-California should be real proud (not) that they elected her....that was also a mistake.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  163. Kris - Louisiana

    Because it is business as usual in Washington and with Democrats running the circus there in DC this means them going to a NAACP meeting in the morning with cameras clicking and a Klan meeting secretly at night.....and getting both groups to vote for them. The double standard with the current group of Democrats in Washington is disgusting. Let's get rid of the "party" system once and for all and require every candidate to register as Independant...but wait...that would require the "sheeple" to actually look into what each candidate actually stands for rather than (D) or (R)....wow...I'm afraid that would be too much work for us lazy Americans Jack.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  164. Jay in Atlanta

    "Birds of a feather flock together" Jack....And I would bet you that crooked Charlie has lots of dirt on Speaker Pelosi that she prefers to not become common knowledge. Charlie is an "old pro", don't you know.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  165. greg warren

    We seem to live in a world where our supposed leaders can somehow at least attempt to justify anything that is in their own best interests. Nancy Pelosi again has shown an unwillingness to apply any of the standards she once espoused when in the minority, to the party of the now majority. Those of us who like to feel we are independents, realize that the party in power will never play by the rules expected of the rest of us. This does not bode well for this great country. I fear for the very future of the United States as I watch Congress ignore us and thumb their noses at us.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  166. LuvleeWA

    Who says there is no honor among thieves!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  167. Marykate

    According to a recent newspaper article, she is afraid of retaliation from the Congressional Black Caucus.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  168. Millie Castillo , Ohio

    Jack: She is not defending him. She is playing the game that both Democrats and Republicans play. Your biases are showing Jack. You need to stick to more responsible reporting – or is that too much for CNN to stomach?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  169. Homeless D in Atlanta

    Big hairy deal!

    So, Rangel took two trips. So Pelosi thinks it "stimks".

    Get real. ALL of Congress is starting to smell like rotten fish (is there anything worse?)

    We need to QUIT this petty stuff and DO something!

    Like, pass emergency unemployment!!! (Bunning needs to resign or be horse-whipped)

    I wish there was some way for the MILLIONS of unemployed Americans to get to DC and make their voices HEARD.

    Maybe that would drown out the stupid griping about some Congressman who took a couple of trips. If that is the worst that happened we would be darn lucky!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  170. Chris - Sarasota, Florida

    It's simple Jack, and I'm sorry to say that Nancy Pelosi is no different from the majority of her Democrat friends; she is defending him because he's a Democrat, and little more. It's happened before and will happen again, so maybe it's not a big deal, but the answer to your question still remains, that Pelosi is defending Rangel because he's a Democrat.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  171. Summer

    It makes ya wonder about what Ol' Charlie has on Pelosi...

    March 1, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  172. Jeff in Indiana

    Jack
    Birds of a feather flock together
    These buzzards are all the same
    Dirty Filthy Rotten Scoundrels

    March 1, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  173. Paul, Denver Colorado

    Clearly Jack you don't understand saving harm to a Party, this is business as usual for the House of Representatives’. Mrs.Nancy, should consider that maybe it is time for many more like Jefferson to leave the party with force, as will Rangle. Both Parties need to clean house but they have to keep the Fraud, Waste and Abuse going, how else would they afford those taxes they all never pay?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  174. Gary

    One crook defending another crook

    March 1, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  175. John Sullivan

    Alittle research needed...How much money has Rangel funneled to the speaker over the last 20 yrs?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  176. steve- virginia beach

    Because he's a Democrat. It's business as usual. When a politician does something wrong, the other party jumps on them like hyenas on a carcass while their own party tries to minimize the offense or circle the wagons. In Rangel's case, the only thing he's been found guilty of sa far is unethical travel arrangements. If Pelosi raised too much of a stink, the spotlight could switch to herself and her family's travel expenses. Or should I say the taxpayer's expenses for her family's travel?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  177. Pete - Augusta Ga

    Jack –

    It's a simple case of double standards – Queen Nancy will not oust any senior member of the 'inner circle' (Committe Chairmen) especially not the Ways & Means Committee as he knows where all the bones are buried. Rangel takes care of Pelosi's district with all the goodies & oversees her budget! Any more questions?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  178. Liz, Los Angeles, CA

    Ms. Pelosi's exaggerated sense of her own power hoodwinks her into forgiving the sins - real or imagined - of just about anyone. What arrogance.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  179. walt Utah

    It's simple Jack,

    Ms.Pelosi is protecting Charlie because he has a 'D" after his name. If he had an "R" after his name, she would go after him with her fangs and claws and stomp on him until he cried "uncle"

    Walt
    Salt Lake City, Ut

    March 1, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  180. Stephen E Walker

    I only have one question, when did Dominican Republic become part of the United States??? Why should the congressman have to pay taxes for property there??? This is hocky puck and part of systematic plan to get him out of office since he got in. I am a former NY'er now in Atlanta and the folk that need to be looked at are all from down here.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  181. Ken

    Nancy Pelosi is on the losing team. She is trying to save all of the member she can so the majority wont be lost. But Rangel should be sacrificed. He isn’t much help anyway. Politics sucks thus politicians suck. Healthcare reform now!

    Ken from Arizona.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  182. Disgusted in Oklahoma

    Pelosi is so busy playing queen twit, wagging her finger saying "na na na na na na" we have the majority...she can't see the pot for the kettle.

    Throw every last one of them OUT !! Including the president. Take their jobs, paychecks, health care, and perks away from THEM. Then they might find a way to talk to each other.

    Repubs are so busy playing the "we won't pass anything" crap, they can't see the forest for the trees. Hell if Obama said the sky is blue they would argue it wasn't.

    If Obama and the Dems force through this health care bill filled with crap and special favors for votes, all hell will break out with the citizens of the US !!!

    If some idiot wants to whine anti-choice and then expect everyone else in the country to pay for his states medicaid bills, he can kiss my ass. Obama is a moron if he allows that to stand. It is time for him to find some big girl panties, pull em up, and show he can make a decision for once in his damn life. Maybe he should let his wife be President.

    The bailout of the financial institutions – when they turned around and screwed the people that actually PAID their bills on time, in full, by hiking up the interest rates... then of course paying a disgusting bonus to the very idiots that got them into needing a hand out in the first place is killing the US.

    I see a major tax payer revolt !!!!!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  183. Karl from SF, CA

    She is following Ronald Regan's advice: Never speak ill of someone in your party.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  184. Bob

    Jack: Nancy Pelosi has previously refused to remove Rangel as Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee claiming that his support was needed for the House Healthcare bill without explaining exactly why he could not still support the bill after his removal. However the only explanation for the latest removal is that Rangel knows something damaging abt Nancy Pelosi that he would disclose if she removed him from his position.

    Bob
    FL

    March 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  185. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Perhaps Nancy Peolosi has also have been "rewarded" with free trips to wonderful destinations - no quid pro quo on her part either. For all we know, she and he and both their families may have been seated across the aisle from one another on the flight to some warm sunny destination. Which would make it very hard for Speaker Pelosi to go after a fellow diner at the public trough.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  186. Marty

    Given Pelosi's adventures in the deepest part of the swamp, she'd be drained along with Rangel. Just ignore it Nancy.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  187. minny sota

    Does anybody read other people's posts? Jack said among Rangel's sins was not paying taxes on a his Dominican Republic home. Why would one have to pay U.S. taxes on a home in Dominican Republic??

    March 1, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  188. manny aber

    pelosi knows that in politics, a few weeks will pass and another crisis will be the focus of the national media, and all will be forgotten. the corporate schmucks who finance and control our washington politics don't care about ethical or personal issues...they just want to know that the schills they already have in place in congress will be there to provide them the votes they need for their industries...

    March 1, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  189. Jacob

    Washington has become a fetid swamp inhabitied by Democratic/Republican creatures that thrive and feed in the putrid morass.
    Nancy Pelosi, Wrangel. Bunning etc. have yet to climb out of the primordial slime and stand upright.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  190. Al - Weymouth, MA

    Beats me. It must be related to the committee's giving a free pass to so many that it "investigates".

    Despite evidence presented to it, the "ethics" committee seems to see it's function more as an exonerator that as a fair investigator,

    And why should we expect more from a body that overall is totally corrupt and not working in the interests of the people who elected them. Whar ethics?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  191. Joel

    I don't know but i will always defend the situation room as the best newscast ever in the world.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  192. Michael, Springfield VA

    Perhaps Mr Rangle has dirt on Ms Pelosi. It would make more sense that she is trying to protect herself. House ethics just keep getting more sleazy.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  193. Johnny Bush

    Only Speaker Pelosi can answer that question.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  194. Chuck Galyan

    I don't know why Nancy Pelosi continues to support Congressman Rangel. I do think that the American people do not believe in Congress because of the behavior of people like Rangle. If Pelosi, or any other leaders in Congress want to be taken seriously, they need to rid Congress of people like Rangel as soon as they can, and get on with the people's business. No one is indespensible. There are plenty of other people that can step into Rangel's position and carry on with just as much or more compentency. Then let the people of New York decide if he gets relected to Congress. I guess when the hard working congressnional staffers get fed up with being blamed for what their bosses are doing, then maybe they should stop supporting their bosses.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  195. Greg

    I just heard about the senator from Kentucky holding up the job creation bill. What he is doing is affecting thousands of people. This is the final straw; I will never vote for another republican for as long as I live. He is, in my opinion an enemy of the state. The health care system needs a complete overhaul. As it is, thousands of people are dying because of lack of health insurance. The republicans want to start over; they don’t seem to give a damm how many people die everyday. It’s not just health care that needs an overhaul. Why don’t we just scrape the house and senate and start over and get some real Americans in there.

    Greg
    Reno NV

    March 1, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  196. john kesrouan

    He's a Democrat and she needs his vote on the health care bill

    March 1, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  197. Dave

    Change amiright? lol

    March 1, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  198. Banned in Hartwell GA

    I imagine that at this point she's waiting for the investigations to present their findings. He was more or less "cleared" on the trips, but as I understand it the other problems are still not proven. I don't think the Speaker will have much choice in the end.
    Allen
    Hartwell GA

    March 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  199. Dave

    By the way I enjoyed the deflection in most of libs posts.

    It was Reagan's fault DA's.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  200. george coleman

    There's always a hidden reason when this type event occurs. There's something rotten in the old proverbial "wood pile" somewhere that Charlie's got her trapped with. No doubt because she's a very irritating and confrontational woman. I wish her well in retirement.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  201. susan

    Mr Cafferty: Leave Charlie Rangel alone! We are tired of white newscasters persecuting black officials! Arent you satisfied with running Gov Paterson off? Rangel takes good care of his district. We love him.
    Go after someone who is truly hurting people like Jim Bunning!
    From now on I am changing to MSNBC every time you come on CNN.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  202. Curtis McVey

    Democrats protect crooked Democrats and Rupublicans do the same.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  203. Steve-Arizon

    It's the same answer as your question last week about the most serious problem facing America. The politicians want to win at any cost. The agenda for their side is the most important thing, and to hell with right and wrong and everything else. I'm sick of both sides, but Nancy Pelosi really epitomizes (sp) what is wrong with America.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:00 pm |