A day after President George W. Bush was called a “devil” by Venezualian President Hugo Chavez, we witness some rather interesting comments. The actions of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and NY Representative Charlie Rangel can best be described as an audition for a remake of “Animal House”. The comments from both Democrats don’t sound all that much different than below from the 1978 movie cult classic, Animal House.
[Watching Flounder take abuse at ROTC] Listen here
Otter: He can’t do that do that to our pledges.
Boon: Only we can do that to our pledges.
In retrospect, being called a devil is rather tame compared the the insults, barbs and nasty comments made by Democratic leader toward President Bush both in America and overseas. As Michelle Malkin stated, Dems to Chavez: Don’t insult Bush, that’s our job!
Charles Rangel’s comments were as follows: (full statement from Rangel’s website)
RANGEL: AN ATTACK ON BUSH IS AN ATTACK ON ALL AMERICANS… ‘You do not come into my country, my congressional district, and you do not condemn my president. If there is any criticism of President Bush, it should be restricted to Americans, whether they voted for him or not. I just want to make it abundantly clear to Hugo Chavez or any other president, do not come to the United States and think because we have problems with our president that any foreigner can come to our country and not think that Americans do not feel offended when you offend our Chief of State’…
Now listen to Charlie Rangel say pretty much the same thing. Animal House II may be in his future. Isn’t this the same guy who said the following?
But there was nothing inadvertent about a quip from Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), second-most senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
“Well,” Rangel said. “I really think that he shatters the myth of white supremacy once and for all; it shows that, in this great country, anybody can become president.”
Nancy Pelosi’s lines were pretty much from the same memo and called Hugo Chavez “a thug”.
“Hugo Chavez fancies himself a modern day Simon Bolivar but all he is an everyday thug,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said at a news conference, referring to Chavez’ comments in a U.N. General Assembly speech on Wednesday.
“Hugo Chavez abused the privilege that he had, speaking at the United Nations,” said Pelosi, a frequent Bush critic. “He demeaned himself and he demeaned Venezuela.” (Reuters)
Go to Hot Air for some great commentary, “Still, it’s always nice to see a lefty put country over party. Even if he really isn’t.”
The sad part is that a majority of Democrats do not mean it. Iowa Tom Harkin defended Chavez’s comments at the UN.
Harkin said the comments were “incendiary”, then went on to say, “Let me put it this way, I can understand the frustration, ah, and the anger of certain people around the world because of George Bush’s policies.” Harkin continued what has been frequent criticism of the president’s foreign policy. (Radio Iowa)
Unfortunately for the Democratic Party Chavez put the Democrats in a no win situation where they lose if the apologize and back the President and lose if they side with Chavez. How many over night polls were done on this little fire storm?
Help nominate and leave your comments for the rest of the cast for the new Animal House 2006, Inside the Beltway … John ‘Bluto’ Blutarsky, Dean Vernon Wormer, Mandy Pepperidge, Doug Neidermeyer, Robert Hoover and the rest.
Other throwing in their two cents of note:
My Pet Jawa: Rangel to Chavez: Shut Up (UPDATED)
Lorie Byrd at Wizbang, Rangel and Pelosi Denounce Chavez “Devil” Comments