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Charlie, Hilarious

By on 9.21.06 | 3:40PM

Who - after Michael Moore and Howard Dean - would be the last person you'd expect to defend George Bush?  Gotta be New Yawk Congressman Charlie Rangel. But he did. And only I can tell you why.

Rangel slammed Hugo Chavez for condemning Bush in his visit to Rangel's

Harlem/> district today. According to Drudge, Rangel said,

"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."

Why? What's Rangel's beef with Chavez for saying things Dems say every day? Only one reason. Cheap oil.

Chavez is using Citgo, the Venezuelan government-owned oil company, to give cheap oil to poor families in Rangel's district.  Charlie ain't upset at what Chavez is saying.  Charlie is livid that someone would be giving a handout to his liberal voters that he can't take credit for. 

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