President Obama has offered this patronizing advice to Rep. Charlie Rangel:

"And he's somebody who's at the end of his career. Eighty years old. I'm sure that what he wants is to be able to end his career with dignity. And my hope is that it happens."

News flash: Our president really is a self-centered elitist (and ageist!).

Here's my advice to Charlie: Defend yourself, make your case, fight for your reputation, and if need be accept a reprimand (or even censure)--but let your constituents render the real verdict, not the D.C. mob. If you do this, you have a good chance of extending your political career...beyond Obama's.

In any case, do not follow Obama's prescription of political death with dignity. "Do not go gentle into that good night."

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