Rich Galen

When they lose control of the House in November, as I suspect they will, Mr. Rangel will be a handy scapegoat. "If not for Charlie Rangel, we would have held on to our majority," many will claim.

It took 40 years for the Democrats to become so bloated and corrupt that they lost control in the election of 1994. It took only 12 years for the Republicans to become so bloated and corrupt that they handed control back in the election of 2006.

Now, it will have taken the Democrats a mere four years of bloat and corruption to hand the gavel back to the GOP.

The House and Senate Democratic leadership have done too much, to too many, for too little, on behalf of too few.

The Rangel Tangle is not the Democrats' problem. Democrats are the Democrats' problem.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at