Bad Timing for Democrats Going Into Recess

More

What should have been a great political week for Democrats will instead be remembered for the Shirley Sherrod incident, which was, of course, beyond the control of the White House. The news today that Rep. Charles Rangel will face a trial by the ethics committee is also beyond the White House's control, although it's something that the House could have avoided had they elected to force Mr. Rangel to resign his post before the investigation was complete. The fact that they did not, out of fairness to and fondness for Rangel, means that, during prime campaign time, a senior Democratic lawmaker will face daily headlines about ethics violations. (The Democrats did oust Rangel as chair of the tax-writing Ways and Means committee.")  

Also bad timing: the quiet death of a comprehensive energy bill, and the substitution instead of halfway measures. Democrats have a small business bill they can try to build some national momentum on, but otherwise, they've got little to bring to recess. The financial reform bill, major in any context, seems to have floated away like gossamer.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to a Seaside Town in Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Where the Wild Things Go

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Adults Need Playtime Too

When was the last time you played your favorite childhood game?

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In