The delightful but sadly incredibly corrupt Harlem Congressman Charlie Rangel announced a 9 a.m. press conference. A couple minutes before 9, he went before cameras to announce that he'll "temporarily" stop being the chair of the Ways and Means Committee.

Last night, Rangel said he would not temporarily step aside, but something changed his mind this morning.

Last week, the House ethics committee officially "admonished" Rangel. That is not a thing that means anything. It doesn't even really exist, this "official House ethics committee admonishment." (One former Admonishment Recipient: Tom DeLay!)


Charlie Rangel won his seat by defeating the legendary Adam Clayton Powell. He's not been in office since 1971. He gives the best quote of the entire New York delegation. He also accepts corporate money to jet down to the fancy conferences in the Caribbean, has a million rent-stabilized New York apartments while living in DC for tax purposes, and then there is this thing with the apartment in the Dominican Republic. (That is the stuff he is in trouble for.)


Democrats began publicly demanding that Rangel step aside this week, because they are big babies about "corruption" and "looking bad" and all that stuff.