Fun With Charlie Rangel, the Poor Man's Chuck Schumer
Wow. We at Wrymouth strive to rise above the fray of common, bare-knuckle potshots.
But sometimes, the guy just lays his jawline right out there.
Enter Charlie Rangel, who can't seem to get himself booted out of Washington by his constituents, no matter how hard he tries. I honestly think he calls Chuck Schumer sometimes, after hours, and makes wagers:
Schumer: Charlie! How ya doon?
Just great, Chuck; except for the throat thing, you know. And the accent. But hey — watch the newsfeeds tomorrow! I'll betcha I can say "If a young fellow has an option of having a decent career or joining the Army to fight in Iraq, you can bet your life that he would not be in Iraq" and still get re-elected in the next cycle!
Get the [expletive deleted] out! I got $50 right here on that action! [expletives deleted]!
Yes! Oh! Oh — and — I'll do the Nixon thing too! (hunches over) "Let me make that perfectly clear!" [expletives deleted]!
You are on, ya sick [expletive deleted]!
cut to: the next day, on FOX News Sunday! with Chris Wallace!
Wallace: Congressman, in fact, contrary to what you've been saying, isn't the volunteer army better educated and well-to-do than the general population?
Of course not. I want to make it abundantly clear that I have been advocating a draft ever since the president has been talking about war, and none of this comes within the jurisdiction of the Ways and Means Committee.
But I want to make it abundantly clear, if there's anyone who believes that these youngsters want to fight, as the Pentagon and some generals have said, you can just forget about it. No young, bright individual wants to fight just because of a bonus and just because of educational benefits. And most all of them come from communities of very, very high unemployment.
If a young fellow has an option of having a decent career or joining the Army to fight in Iraq, you can bet your life that he would not be in Iraq.
So anyone who supports the war and is against everyone sharing in the sacrifice is being hypocritical about the whole thing. The record is clear, and once we are able to get hearings on this, everyone will see what they already know, and that is that those who have the least opportunities at this age find themselves in the military, as I did when I was 18 years old.
Rangel: Don't give me that look, you cracker! I got my district sewn up!