Quickly, I want to disagree with Ta-Nehisi on Charlie Rangel more or less demanding a speaking slot at the convention. I agree that Rangel’s reasoning isn’t exactly sound, but he’s the chairman of the House Ways & Means committee, which I think should entitle him to a midday speaking slot at some point in Denver. But you can’t really say that, so you gotta come up with something silly sounding.

Obama doesn’t need to be tweaking the chairs of powerful Congressional committees that are going to be supremely important to moving as much of his agenda as possible in 2009 and early 2010.