It is unfair when elected officials forget that it is We The People they were elected to serve. Following a distinguished career, Charlie Rangel's presence now tarnishes, rather than enhances the electoral body in which he serves.
Charlie Rangel does not want our cheers. He doesn't need our cheers. His public life has never been a melodrama; celebrity politics is not his game. His career and accomplishments are the only fitting accolades.
The Democrats -- far from perfect or beyond criticism -- are nothing when compared with Republicans when it comes to scandals and embarrassments. The problem is Americans have Reality TV short memories.