A Dose of Reality

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on August 24, 2012

I disapprove of Charlie Rangel’s ethics as much as the next person does, but at least he hasn’t fully lost touch with the ability to tell the truth:

After Vice President Joe Biden infamously told an audience that Mitt Romney is “going to unchain Wall Street,” and concluded they are “going to put y’all back in chains,” Mr. Romney’s campaign cried foul. This was an obvious and unfair allusion to slavery, Mr. Romney’s surrogates argued.

Well, count veteran Congressman Charlie Rangel among Mr. Biden’s critics on the Democratic side of the aisle.

“The Vice President said he’s going to put “y’all in chains,” Mr. Rangel told The Perez Notes in a recent free-wheeling interview. “Was he talking about slavery? You bet your ass he was. Was he using the vernacular? Yes, he was. Did he think it was cute? Yes, he did. Was it something stupid to say? You bet your life it was stupid.”

“It was something that if a black had said it, we would have been laughing, because we would know deep down, they may be beating the hell out of us but they ain’t thinking about putting us into any chains,” he added.

It’s nice to see that even Rangel has helped lend credence to the perfectly acceptable notion that Biden is the worst vice president in recent memory. Perhaps eventually, the Obama campaign will find it in themselves to be properly embarrassed.

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