Rangel says Ivy Leaguers “don’t even know there’s a war in Iraq”

posted at 1:04 pm on November 28, 2006 by Allahpundit

At least he’s an equal opportunity offender. Maybe this is his way of apologizing to the troops — by insulting the people most likely to agree with him that the military isn’t “a decent career.”

A doddering old troop-hating moron versus bratty, overprivileged kids who pride themselves on ostentatious displays of social consciousness.

I’ll be straight with you: I’m not sure who to root for here.

Update: Lyndon LaRouche backs the Rangel plan.

Update: John Noonan says Rangel might be on to something here. But if he is, don’t point the finger at conservatives.

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The bad news is these people are in power.

The good news is they cant shut up and that exposes their hypocracy.

William Amos on November 28, 2006 at 1:09 PM

He has totally lost it. He has really lost it. As commenter said on real politic,

Rangel is living in a dream land….students at Columbia and Harvard do know there is a war and they are opposed to it.

I think that I need some numa music to relax.

Ouabam on November 28, 2006 at 1:10 PM

I am sometimes amazed that some of the folks can maintain enough brain activity to support respiration and a heartbeat

ArmedGeek on November 28, 2006 at 1:11 PM

Thank God for Charlie Rangel. He is the poster child for what the liberals voted into power. Keep it up, Charlie.

d1carter on November 28, 2006 at 1:13 PM

In my office alone there are two Ivy Leaguers (Harvard Law and Columbia undergrad–go Lions).

I’m pretty sure there’s a war in Iraq….maybe…

armylawyer on November 28, 2006 at 1:17 PM

I think Rangel and Carter are eating peanuts from the same field.

PattyAnn on November 28, 2006 at 1:20 PM

he pisses off libs and conservs

Defector01 on November 28, 2006 at 1:22 PM

The GOP may have selected as leaders the same idiots who got us in this mess, but trust the Democrats to squander and good will and political capital gained from the election. Keep up the good work Charlie. The GOP should have some one assigned to making sure that Charlie is on at least one weekend talk show, every week, for the next two years.

Mig on November 28, 2006 at 1:26 PM

Rangel was going to retire if the Dems lost this time- damn.

Valiant on November 28, 2006 at 1:27 PM

Rangel says Ivy Leaguers “don’t even know there’s a war in Iraq”

Sounds like he’s been hanging around Ivy Leaguer Jon Carry.

SisterToldjah on November 28, 2006 at 1:32 PM

If you haven’t noticed, Rangel is getting a pass for the same comments that got Kerry lambasted and laughed at.

I wonder why Rangel isn’t ridiculed and called to the carpet as Kerry was?

What can be the difference between Kerry and Rangel that would cause the MSM to let Rangel’s comments go unchallenged??

Hmmm…not coming up with anything…

Rosetta on November 28, 2006 at 1:32 PM

He is the poster child for what the liberals voted into power. Keep it up, Charlie.

Yea, really.Between Rangel, Pelosi, Hastings,etc…

You guys need help with that hole you’re digging for yourselves? No? You’re doing fine on your own aren’t you?

vcferlita on November 28, 2006 at 1:34 PM

Rangel smuggled in a tautology. If instead of speaking of Ivy Leaguers, he’d spoken of intelligent college-age people in general, he would have been obviously wrong about all the students at Annapolis, West Point, etc. To the extent that Rangel is right, all he said was, “To whatever extent people have insulated themselves from the war, they’ve insulated themselves from the war.” I expect more than, “If A, then A,” from a ruler.

Kralizec on November 28, 2006 at 1:39 PM

Excuse me, but aren’t the service academies considered to be Ivy League schools?

Gottafang on November 28, 2006 at 1:39 PM

I didn’t know there are Ivy League schools in Canada?

I wonder why Rangel isn’t ridiculed and called to the carpet as Kerry was?

Perhaps it’s because most know he’s on his own planet and the orbit is in the confines of upper Manhatten.

I think Rangel and Carter are eating peanuts from the same field.

I think they’re also eating magic mushrooms also.

Kini on November 28, 2006 at 1:44 PM

Some Ivy Leaguers have redeeming value.

Rangel does not.

Though he’s now leading Murtha and Byrd in the kooky old man standings.

JammieWearingFool on November 28, 2006 at 1:47 PM

A doddering old troop-hating moron versus bratty, overprivileged kids who pride themselves on ostentatious displays of social consciousness.

That one took some thought, huh AP?

Sounds like he’s been hanging around Ivy Leaguer Jon Carry.
SisterToldjah on November 28, 2006 at 1:32 PM

You mean D student Jon ‘Carry me’, last one in the presidents pool? That Ivy?

shooter on November 28, 2006 at 1:48 PM

Excuse me, but aren’t the service academies considered to be Ivy League schools?

Gottafang on November 28, 2006 at 1:39 PM

That’s an insult to the service academies.

OT: Beat Navy!

BohicaTwentyTwo on November 28, 2006 at 1:57 PM

Charlie: The gift that keeps on giving…

lan astaslem on November 28, 2006 at 1:58 PM

The bad news is that most of Democrats don’t know there’s a war in Iraq.

ahem on November 28, 2006 at 1:59 PM

Admit it, Allah. You love this man.

He makes the blogger’s job effortless.

Slublog on November 28, 2006 at 1:59 PM

The real question is, does Charlie know where Iraq is?

BobK on November 28, 2006 at 2:03 PM

I think the only way you can explain Rangel’s erudition on this subject is that

“some slave “brother” must have had relations with one of Rangels maternal ancestors.”

“Somewhere there are some brothers. . . . (Maybe) his great, great, great, great Grandma ran over in the hood or something went down.”

there it is on November 28, 2006 at 2:05 PM

The Constant Gargler strikes again!

thirteen28 on November 28, 2006 at 2:07 PM

Charlie missed a golden oppurtunity. He could’ve said those racist, redneck students in colleges down south in the Bible belt don’t know there is a war in Iraq.
C’mon Charlie stay on point.

LakeRuins on November 28, 2006 at 2:10 PM

There’s a war in Iraq?

LonelyMassRepublican on November 28, 2006 at 2:14 PM

Excuse me, but aren’t the service academies considered to be Ivy League schools?

No, Ivy League schools are the ones belonging to the Ivy League.

JaHerer22 on November 28, 2006 at 2:15 PM

Gottafang: No, the service academies are not considered Ivy League schools and don’t ever say that around a Cadet.

bdfaith on November 28, 2006 at 2:16 PM

I think (w)Rangle is staking out a perimeter around the issues. His stakes go to the extreme, but he does has it surrounded.

dallas94 on November 28, 2006 at 2:24 PM

Could have used this before the election, but I’m not even sure what to do with it now.

frankj on November 28, 2006 at 2:35 PM

…bratty, overprivileged kids who pride themselves on .

…you summed up two entire generations of over-privileged, under-utilized housecats…encapsulated ‘em…and you didn’t even need an entire sentence to do it in.

“…ostentatious displays of social consciousness” describes them as a class, as a people, as a movement, as a Party.

Excellent!

Puritan1648 on November 28, 2006 at 2:36 PM

Rangel says Ivy Leaguers “don’t even know there’s a war in Iraq”

Tell that to all the Ivy League ROTC Graduates, for a start. Then to all the Ivy Leaguers with relatives in the military. etc. etc.

Rangel is such a nut. But he sure knows how to get is picture on the front page news.

Lawrence on November 28, 2006 at 2:44 PM

Rangel is the post child for late term abortion. Next time he’s up for election I’d like to see a few campaign fundraisers thrown for him by “Corky” and the rest of the Special Olympics kids.

Elect this guy, he’s just like us!

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on November 28, 2006 at 2:54 PM

The Kerry-Rangel ticket in “08″?

Traverse on November 28, 2006 at 3:05 PM

…I’ve got an idea: let’s send a bus through Mr. Rangel’s constituency, inviting folks there to enlist. We can offer bonuses, the whole nine. That way, maybe people in *HIS* district will know that there’s a war on….

…and, we can use some his surplus hair tonic to grease the treads of our tanks….

Puritan1648 on November 28, 2006 at 3:09 PM

You gotta love it. You give the Dems enough rope, and they have nothing better to do with it but to hang themselves. This is so typical of the left. People like the Wrangler have no clue as to who it is that supports them. They are still stuck on this notion that Ivy League privileged kids (and just the rich in general) are all Republicans. It’s just a bad case of Elitists Gone Wild.

Rick on November 28, 2006 at 3:11 PM

Okay, I forgot to duck after I made that last comment!

Gottafang on November 28, 2006 at 3:44 PM

All Rangel has to do now is on going on stage and do a Michael Richards impersonation…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on November 28, 2006 at 3:46 PM

What Rangel doesn’t admit is that to Democrats, the real enemy is those of us on the right.

As an example of that, just today I received an email from Rahm Emanual gloating over their wins, still. The title alone sets the mood; Winning Behind Enemy Lines

Never mind the “ivy leaguers,” it’s the Democrats we need to worry about.

LewWaters on November 28, 2006 at 3:50 PM

Frpm the last linked article at the top:

Few people dispute that the military should represent an accurate cross-section of American demography.


Absolute nonsense.

The military should be made up of people who are capable, competent, Patriotic America loving warriors, technicians and support folks who WANT to serve their country.

I could care less whether the guy in the foxhole next to me or flying the aircraft overhead has wealthy parents and a degree from Harvard or is a first generation American from the barrio who has to send most of his pay home to his parents just so they can live.

All I care is that he is able to do his job well and won’t cut and run when trouble comes.

LegendHasIt on November 28, 2006 at 5:24 PM

At least he’s an equal opportunity offender. Maybe this is his way of apologizing to the troops — by insulting the people most likely to agree with him that the military isn’t “a decent career.”

I see this differently. He thinks he’s insulting the over-priveleged, who are the ones he wants drafted. The libs and even these college kids are unaware that they are virtually all extreme lefties. They all think that they need to become liberal activists to prove how much they hate their family’s money (at least until they graduate and go back home).

Now I wish Rangel had acknowledged that these kids are almost all libs (certainly anyone listening to him), asked these idiots about what was going on in Iraq, and then asked younger conservative Americans and compared the two. It’s not because they’re in college that they don’t know what’s going on, it’s partly because of the liberal indoctrination done at colleges, but mainly because of the liberalism that builds from the first year.

RightWinged on November 28, 2006 at 5:27 PM

We should get Rangel a show on Fox – Keep talking Charlie – PLEASE

iam7545 on November 28, 2006 at 7:43 PM

And speaking of tautology….

No, Ivy League schools are the ones belonging to the Ivy League.

JaHerer22 on November 28, 2006 at 2:15 PM

Kralizec on November 28, 2006 at 9:12 PM

Ivy League ROTC alum here, for the record. Navy, specifically. Go Army!*

Ivy League: Brown, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, UPenn, Yale. All others: not Ivy League. See also “Ancient Eight”.

Funny–I started college as a lefty, graduated near a righty. There’s a certain (if anecdotal) conservative backlash going on with the Gen Xers. The profs may try to indoctrinate, but it seems to have the opposite effect. Also probably has something to do with minorities getting a lot of preferential treatment.

*used to rile up the naval academy schmucks, to great effect.

JollyRoger on November 29, 2006 at 12:40 AM

The real question is, does Charlie know where Iraq is? (BobK on November 28, 2006 at 2:03 PM)

It’s within F-16 range of Okinawa, right?

I could care less whether the guy in the foxhole next to me or flying the aircraft overhead has wealthy parents and a degree from Harvard or is a first generation American from the barrio who has to send most of his pay home to his parents just so they can live.

All I care is that he is able to do his job well and won’t cut and run when trouble comes. (LegendHasIt on November 28, 2006 at 5:24 PM)

Damn straight.

This last election may the the best thing for the country. It gave Democrats the stage and the opportunity to show the world how clueless and irrelevant they are.

Rusty Bill on November 29, 2006 at 8:49 AM

I know a grand total of one person serving in Iraq. Seems odd. Rangel has a point. Top stories over the weekend were the 200 killed in Iraq and the strong shopping indicators. Again, seems odd.

Reminds me of that old tree in the woods bromide: if we are at war but most people are unaffected by it, are we really at war?

honora on November 29, 2006 at 12:12 PM