Sometimes these guys just make this too easy (hat tip: ST). Apparently Charlie Rangel’s claiming to be offended by remarks made by Dick Cheney… which were in response to Rangel’s remarks about Cheney.
“Iï¿½m frankly surprised at his comments. It almost struck me _ they were so out of line, it almost struck me that there was some _ Charlie was having some problem … Charlie is losing it, I guess.” He added to his criticism later in the day in an interview with conservative radio talk show host Sean Hannity. “I donï¿½t know what I did to offend him, but heï¿½s gotten pretty nasty latelyï¿½. I think Charlie is a lot older than I am, and it shows,” said the vice president.
Months of verbal attacks from Rangel turned into a back and forth on Monday when the 64-year-old vice president said Rangel is “losing it,” later adding that “Charlie is a lot older than I am, and it shows.” After an appearance at City Hall on Wednesday, Rangel was asked when the dispute would die.
“I think it ends when he apologizes for attacking me as a senior citizen. Itï¿½s true that Iï¿½m much older than he is, but that has nothing to do with mental alertness,” Rangel said. …
“The fact that he would make a crack at my age, he ought to be ashamed of himself,” Rangel said. “He should look so good at 75.”
On Friday evening, Rangel was asked in a follow-up talk on the station if he thought Cheney should step down. “He should never have stepped up in the first place,” Rangel said. “Heï¿½s too old for the job and doesnï¿½t have the experience.”