Last night, among the stars and Beltway insiders attending the Kennedy Center Honors was a certain veteran Congressman who had a terrible week. Yes, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Harlem) was in Washington D.C. attending the glittering event that paid tribute to Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Bill T. Jones, Merle Haggard and others. But do you know what else Rangel did yesterday? Discuss his censure: He told CNN's Candy Crowley, "It was an embarrassing and painful experience."

However, he pointed out, "But the whole idea of corruption has been just laid to rest," as in he wasn't found guilty of corruption, "and the question of self-enrichment. And I was thinking about all of those things while I was in the well, and saying, 'At long last, it's not just Charlie Rangel saying it, it's the head prosecutor.'" Rangel continued on the philosophical long view, saying he also thought about "the people in my district and throughout the United States who feel the pain of unemployment, lack of jobs, lack of hope" and of the armed forces, "No matter how much pain I was feeling, it really didn't compare to tens of thousands of brave men and women who find themselves in harm's way."