Thursday, July 22, 2010

How Can You Tell Someone's Been in Congress Too Long?

Answer: Watch Charlie Rangel.

NBC's Luke Russert went toe-to-toe with former House Ways and Means Chair Rep. Charlie Rangel over charges that he violated House ethics rules and will now face a trial in the House over the charges.

Rangel clearly did not like the nature of Russert's simple question (Do you ever worry about losing your job?), and, instead of dismissing it with a simple yes or no, tried to expose Russert as a wet-behind-the-years neophyte.

Russert didn't back down. Here's the exchange as broadcast on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

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It was not a stupid question. The last person to face trial in the House, Rep. Jim Traficant, an Ohio Democrat, was expelled from the body over ethics charges.

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