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No backslide for House ethics
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As I watched the sad sight of Rep. Charles Rangel, a decorated Korean War veteran, stand in the well of the House to be humiliated by Speaker Nancy Pelosi with resounding censure like a misbehaving schoolboy, I was reminded of a joke I once heard about a critic's review of a singing cat: "It is not that the song was done well that mattered, but that it was done at all." In policing its own members, Congress seldom has been a particularly tough cop. Only 22 House members have been censured in the body's history, the last two in the early 1980s for sexual misconduct with under-aged pages.

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