Rep. Charles Rangel, the 20-term politician who is facing trial for numerous House ethics violations, defiantly vowed to fight, fight, fight for renomination. Appearing this weekend at an outdoor celebration organized by church leaders in Harlem, Rangel decided that the best way to frame his fight was to play the "race card," as the Post so eloquently puts it: "All of you remember that this fight is never, never going to end. I'm just one of the foot soldiers; just one of those [who] fought in the march so that one day our kids [will] be able to say, 'Do you remember when there was bigotry and prejudice in this country? Do you remember when there wasn't fairness?'"

Even President Obama suggested that Rangel should "end his career with dignity," but Rangel remained stubbornly set: "This is no time to retire. It's time to help our President." Despite Obama's criticism, Rangel defended Obama, subtly comparing the two pol's, "This is not Charlie Rangel's struggle. All over this country these things are happening."

Rangel also talked about his predecessor, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., who he said worked hard to get him into the inner rooms of Washington power. Powell Jr.'s son Adam Clayton Powell IV, on the other hand, is doing everything he can to oust Rangel. The two have a rough history together that has only gotten more bitter as Powell IV campaigns against Rangel in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary for Rangel's longtime House seat. He told the Times the difference between his father and Rangel: “My dad fought the system his whole career. Charles Rangel became part of the system. He embraces the political trade and the political games, and he rejoices in the backslapping and connections.”