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'...
Good for Charlie Rangel who closed ranks behind President Bush today in the name of American patriotism against a thuggish enemy of this country. Hugo Chavez’s ridiculous, rhetorical bullying here on U.S. soil deserved Rangel’s commendably harsh response.
Mr. Rangel wasn't alone in calling out Venezuela's clownish leader. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi offered up this money line:
"Hugo Chavez fancies himself a modern day Simon Bolivar but all he is an everyday thug."
This bipartisan show of support is a very good thing. It reminds me of that old, often forgotten American tradition of leaving politics at the water’s edge.
Good for Mr. Rangel and Ms. Pelosi for reinvoking this much needed tradition. I say bravo and good for them.
(Please note: Mr. Rangel will be a guest on CNBC’s Kudlow & Company this evening at 8pm EST. Please join us.)