Congressman Charlie Rangel, whose district I lived in when I called Manhattan my home, has decided that the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee (instrumental in formulating federal tax policy) doesn’t necessarily need to obey the U.S. tax law he shapes.
This post is not meant to cast either party’s congressional caucus as sleazier than the other. I’m just curious as to which party’s mouthpieces will have the chutzpah to be the first to play the “culture of corruption” card in a play for votes this year. I’m taking bets.
Rasmussen has released a series of five new polls detailing presidential ballot questions in the five most sought-after swing states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, and Colorado. The results are not at all good for Obama, but no reason for McCain to take any great joy, either.
The last time these five states were polled, the candidates came away with an equal number of states in their column: Obama held PA and CO, McCain led in OH and VA, and FL was tied. This time around, PA and VA have moved into the push column, FL has tipped to McCain, and CO has flipped to McCain, who hasn’t lost any states to Obama in return. In short, the McCain-Obama-Tossup count among the swing states has gone from 2-2-1 to 3-0-2.