The late “Gonzo” journalist, Hunter S. Thompson, used to describe a series of unfortunate events cascading down upon a particular individual as being "slammed with a million-pound “s..t hammer.”

I don’t know if Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, ever met the eccentric Thompson, or even if he ever read one of his books or features in Rolling Stone. However, I’m certain that after the events of the past month, the powerful 19-term lawmaker can accurately describe just what that hammer feels like.

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