Sunday, August 28, 2005

Ouch

'Congressman questions VP's ability to perform duties

August 27, 2005, 5:14 PM EDT NEW YORK --

The dean of New York's congressional delegation suggested in a television interview that Vice President Dick Cheney may not be healthy enough to perform his duties. Rep. Charles Rangel was being interviewed on NY1, the New York City-based all-news channel, when he was asked Friday night whether he thought President Bush was taking too much vacation time this summer.
"Oh no, it makes the country a lot more safe," the Manhattan Democrat said. "The further Bush is away from Washington, the better it is. And sometimes I don't even think Cheney is awake enough to know what's going on. Rumsfeld is the guy in Washington to watch. He's running the country."
"Cheney's not awake enough?" reporter Davidson Goldin asked. "Well, he's a sick man you know," Rangel said. "He's got heart disease, but the disease is not restricted to that part of his body. He grunts a lot, so you never really know what he's thinking." Asked whether he was suggesting that Cheney was not healthy enough to do his job, Rangel said, "Why do you think people are spending so much time praying for President Bush's health?"
"If he ever leaves and Cheney's in charge, there's not very much to pull together for the rest of our nation," he concluded. "This is a sad state of affairs."
The White House declined comment Saturday."

Copyright 2005 Newsday Inc.

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Okay, this came from a link over at CrooksandLiars.com, a fine video magazine who play clips of Ultrarightists Behaving Badly, and it's just good clean fun. Congressman Rangel (D-NY) is a tough veteran of the House in DC, and he's known for being rather blunt. Now, being a Republican as I am, I am supposed to be congenitally hateful toward the honorable gentleman from the Empire State. However, I can't bring myself to do it.

Read the article again.

It's hilarious. Yes, Bush on vacation makes America safer. People pray for Bush's health because they don't want Cheney in the top slot.

It's no wonder the White House refused to comment. Any of their usual tactics would just make them look even more like misanthropic churls. Because, much as I hate to admit it, I think Rep. Rangel's exactly spot on with his assessment.

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