Rangel Gets to Keep His Job Despite Guilt

He should have been thrown out. Instead, the corrupt Democrats did as expected, and kept him in congress.

For the first time in nearly three decades, the House censured one of its members Thursday, voting 333 to 79 to formally punish Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) for reflecting poorly on the institution and bringing discredit to the House. Seventy-seven Democrats and two Republicans -- Reps. Peter King and Ron Paul -- voted against.

A censure is the second-most severe punishment that the House can levy against a member short of expulsion. The House has censured just 22 members in its two-century history, most recently in 1983 when Reps. Daniel Crane (R-Ill.) and Gerry Studds (D-Mass.) were ensnared in a sex scandal involving House pages.

Politicians are reluctant to treat criminal behavior amongst their own with much gravity, and today was no exception.