Get ready for the usual story. I need to spend time with my family, blah, blah, blah. That narrative is less believable when you’re 80 years old, spent 50 years in congress and you’ve just been censured. A Charlie Rangel retirement will have to wait because he wants to fight with the new Republican majority. How noble of him.

Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-NY, speaks to the media after the House of Representatives voted to censure him on Capitol Hill in Washington on December 2, 2010.   UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg Photo via Newscom

Rangel tells the New York Daily News that the next two years will be the “roughest” our country has gone through in recent history. I guess Charlie was asleep the last two years. The implication is of course the emergence of the tea party with a resurging GOP. The good people of Harlem just have to have Charlie Rangel to fight on their behalf; lucky them.

Speaking about his possible retirement, Charlie Rangel demonstrated the arrogance that Americans have grown tired of. He said he couldn’t retire because he hasn’t found a “worthy successor.” I’m sorry, I didn’t know that was his job. I thought the people of his district were in charge of finding a successor.

A Charlie Rangel retirement will probably happen in 2012. He began to lay the ground work for that eventuality by saying that he’s been getting pressure from his wife to “spend more time with her and the grandkids. Their gain will be our gain.