[[R I V A L R I E S]] * You’ve gotta give U.S. Representative Charles Rangel (D-New York) points for chutzpah. He often says what others only wish they had the courage to utter. Now, for the second time in two months, this gravely voiced pol is questioning whether Dick Cheney is fit to continue as vice president of the United States. During an interview yesterday with NY1, the New York City-based all-news channel, Rangel was asked whether Cheney--who’s already had four heart attacks and was just recently operated on to repair aneurysms behind both knees--should step down from his job, due to ill health. In response, Rangel quipped: “He should never have stepped up in the first place. He’s too old for the job and doesn’t have the experience.”
(Cheney is 64--just five years older than Bush--but with his pallor and bald pate, he looks significantly more ancient than that.)
However, Rangel didn’t quit talking about Cheney after only one opportunity. Later in that same interview, after spelling out a series of disagreements he has with Bush administration policies, the congressman said of the veep: “I would like to believe he’s sick rather than just mean and evil.”
Can’t you just hear Dubya’s dwindling number of supporters right now, leveling their rhetorical big guns in ol’ Charley’s direction?