Charlie Rangel: Hey, sorry for acting like a total jackass with Luke Russert

posted at 6:57 pm on July 23, 2010 by Allahpundit

Two clips for you, the first of yesterday’s jackassery and the second of his apology at today’s presser, in which he did indeed seem pretty darned excited to be facing a fantastically embarrassing ethics trial in September. How about you, Democrats? Can you feel the excitement?

“A disaster,” said one New York Democratic operative when asked about the prospect of a trial detailing the charges against Rangel in the midst of the fall election campaign.

Another New York strategist described the ethical cloud surrounding Rangel as a “two-year albatross that we all wish would go away.”

One House Democrat granted anonymity to speak candidly about a colleague called the potential trial timing “terrible,” adding: “If it comes to a vote, Charlie will not win.”

One Democratic consultant described a Rangel trial as a “no-win situation” for House Democrats running in competitive races. Explained the source: “Criticize him, and risk the wrath of the congressional black caucus and leadership. Don’t criticize, and you’re weak on ethics.”

He’s being primaried by the son of the man he beat to win his House seat in 1970, and the primary happens to coincide with the trial in mid-September. Hmmmm. As for the Russert clip, it’s humiliating enough to have earned kudos this morning from both Limbaugh and Beck for the cub reporter who wouldn’t leave Rangel alone. Eighty years old, 40 years in office, and every inch of his calcified Beltway hauteur is showing here. We’re going to miss you, Charlie. Well … no, we aren’t. Exit question: Given the boldfaced part in the blockquote and the electoral pressure to make an example of him, it’s a fait accompli that he’ll settle the ethics case before the trial, right? (“This source said Rangel was willing to publicly acknowledge wrongdoing in some instances, yet was not prepared to admit guilt on all the areas demanded…”)


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Once this NY Democrat dirtbag is kicked out of Congress on his ass I will clap… long overdue…

IntheNet on July 23, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Luke hasn’t received the memo yet that Rangle is a member of the elite ruling class and is NOT to be questioned.

Anyone else look at this behavior and disgusted like I am?

HondaV65 on July 23, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Charlie was right.
Asking a Democrat a hard question really doesn’t sound like NBC.

NeoKong on July 23, 2010 at 7:01 PM

They’ll circle the wagons to protect his sorry *ss.

KZnextzone on July 23, 2010 at 7:01 PM

I am running out of popcorn this week.

It’s awesome when Dems self-destruct in mass numbers.

Animator Girl on July 23, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Charlie was right.
Asking a Democrat a hard question really doesn’t sound like NBC.

NeoKong on July 23, 2010 at 7:01 PM

You nailed it.

GT on July 23, 2010 at 7:03 PM

One Democratic consultant described a Rangel trial as a “no-win situation” for House Democrats running in competitive races. Explained the source: “Criticize him, and risk the wrath of the congressional black caucus and leadership. Don’t criticize, and you’re weak on ethics.”

So a Dem consultant suggests that the racial politics of the CBC are such that they’ll back the almost certainly guilty Rangel? Wonder why he or she didn’t want to go on the record with that…

Karl on July 23, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Fight them, Charlie! Fight them all the way! Just like Blago did. This is going to be one huge hilarious clusterf*ck right before the mid-terms. A fitting end to the democrat majority.

KSgop on July 23, 2010 at 7:04 PM

The Ruling Class cannot be bothered.

Inanemergencydial on July 23, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Let’s hope Charlie is replaced by someone just as slimy.

elderberry on July 23, 2010 at 7:07 PM

AHEM…

http://www.faulknerforcongress.com/
http://retirerangel.com/

Michael Faulkner for congress!

picklesgap on July 23, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Rush gave Luke really high marks as a journalist on his show today. In so many words, he said Luke was a chip off the old block, his dad Tim.

petefrt on July 23, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Why did the Dems wait until now to deal with Rangel? After waiting this long, why not wait until after November?

Or is that a worse scenario for some reason?

SlaveDog on July 23, 2010 at 7:09 PM

I guess Rangel thought Russert was from Fox news….He didn’t believe he was from MSNBC because they would normally not ask probing questions of any liberal democrat…Keith Olbermann will have to nominate Russert as “worst person of the week”.

theaddora on July 23, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Charlie was right.
Asking a Democrat a hard question really doesn’t sound like NBC.

NeoKong on July 23, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Yeah, first thought that came to my mind.
How damning is it to your network when one of your reporters asks a Democrat a hard question and the Democrat responds “That doesn’t sound like NBC.”

JellyToast on July 23, 2010 at 7:12 PM

I don’t think the wagons are going to be circled this time around. Black Americans are up against a wall right now with their silence-refusal to denounce what is now obvious hatred for the white man and the usage of racism calls as a tool to silence opposition. The Black Panthers obviously broke the law with their behavior and were let off by a racist DOJ at the orders of a racist President. The Black Panthers have not been denounced by black Americans for their call to have white people and their babies killed.

Black Americans are not likely to call for Rangel’s head for his behavior, nor are they likely to circle the wagons. The NAACP is a white hating racist group of people; that is a fact. The Obama’s are a white hating racist couple; that’s a fact. The verdict on the regular black folks is yet to be determined. This Rangel trial is coming at a very touchy time for Democrats, as well as whites and blacks. The country will be watching this trial very closely.

Keemo on July 23, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Young Luke does have some of his father’s courage.

carbon_footprint on July 23, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Rush gave Luke really high marks as a journalist on his show today. In so many words, he said Luke was a chip off the old block, his dad Tim.

petefrt on July 23, 2010 at 7:08 PM

I agree with Rush that Luke did his job with Rangel, but Rush should have done his homework before praising him as a “journalist”. Newsbusters has been following Luke closely:

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matt-hadro/2010/07/15/luke-russert-touts-financial-bill-huge-victory-dems-fulfills-obamas-prom

Reporting Thursday from Capitol Hill, MSNBC congressional correspondent Luke Russert touted a likely win for Senate Democrats on the Financial Reform Bill, saying it would be a “huge victory.”

“Obviously, [President Obama] ran on the slogan ‘Change you can believe in,’ with health care reform and financial regulatory reform,” Russert commented, thus tying the passage of the financial reform bill with success of Obama’s message of “change.”

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Luke Russert is an ass of the first degree. Newsbusters continuously has clips of his liberal bias. He is a reporter who would ask Obama “You’re so fantastic, do you have a fantastic feeling to be so fantastic?”

Did you notice him use the “get out of jail” card? “What network are you from?!!” “NBC. M-S-NBC!” That jerk was practically saying, “Wait, I’m on the team!” And he did get his apology, didn’t he.

Marcus on July 23, 2010 at 7:18 PM

I hope Luke won’t have to start using a food taster on account of this.

listens2glenn on July 23, 2010 at 7:21 PM

I don’t think the wagons are going to be circled this time around. Black Americans are up against a wall right now with their silence-refusal to denounce what is now obvious hatred for the white man and the usage of racism calls as a tool to silence opposition
Keemo on July 23, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Yeah…and moderate Muslims will start denouncing Radicals in 3…2…1..

KZnextzone on July 23, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Powell is the grandson, not son of the former congressman.

taney71 on July 23, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Luke Russert would be a 3rd tier coffee boy for the news room at some 3rd rate newspaper if his dad wasn’t Tim Russert.

Who cares if he gets his chops busted. Its part of the job Lukie.

portlandon on July 23, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Now you tell me, with a perfectly straight face for that matter, that if what happened to Rangel here happened to some freshman REPUBLICAN member of Congress, that the media would be throwing the same softballs and the Oh Poor You’s that they are tossing at Charlie in the guy’s general direction

I DON’T THINK SO!

pilamaye on July 23, 2010 at 7:26 PM

“Luke Russert acted stupidly…”

Khun Joe on July 23, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Is this how the Democrats felt in 2006 when the Rep with the intern problem came so quickly on the heels of the Rep with the bathroom toe-tapping problem?

Just when you think things can’t possibly get worse for the Dems in November, you refresh HotAir and get to clap with glee.

JadeNYU on July 23, 2010 at 7:34 PM

“A disaster,” said one New York Democratic operative when asked about the prospect of a trial detailing the charges against Rangel in the midst of the fall election campaign.

Timing is everything.

:^)

tru2tx on July 23, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Rangel has milked racial victimization for everything he could.

Throw the trash out. And take Kerry with the load.

Cody1991 on July 23, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Everybody here needs to get off Rangel.

He was only doing what comes natural.

RealMc on July 23, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Not to worry he still will be reelected* to the most ethical congress in history /s

* yes he will be reelected, ethical part not so much

tjexcite on July 23, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Great! Now I need a shower!

stonemeister on July 23, 2010 at 7:48 PM

KZnextzone on July 23, 2010 at 7:22 PM

You’re probably right!

Keemo on July 23, 2010 at 7:53 PM

NBC “journalists” normally bow to elected officials…Luke will learn.

d1carter on July 23, 2010 at 7:58 PM

In what fantasy land are these Democratic strategists that are concerned about an ethics trial for a legendarily corrupt Democratic representative having a negative impact on Democrat electoral prospects. (great sentence construction, i know).

Are we supposed to expect blanket, gavel to gavel media coverage from the MSM? Remember, JournoList is “gone” the same way ACORN is “gone.”

You’ll be lucky if you hear the word Rangel from September onward.

I’ll be happy to be incorrect, but I’m not counting on it.

azkag on July 23, 2010 at 7:59 PM

This is a giant game of chicken. In the second clip, while talking about why he can’t talk he says “some people should be happy about that.” My guess is the statement was intended for Pelosi.

He also makes a point to say that come Monday he won’t have to keep hs mouth shut anymore. Are you listening Madam Speaker?

I’m guessing Rangel wants a walk in exchange for stepping down so as to avoid any prison time, something Democrats can’t afford to do in their weekend political condition. Anyone think he’ll accept President Obama’s promise to pardon him should the worst happen? Stay tuned to find out!

Onus on July 23, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Charlie should know better than to insult someone like Luke who toiled so long in small market TV news, working for peanuts, weekends, etc. to finally earn his way to the network.

flyoverland on July 23, 2010 at 8:07 PM

His arrogance knows no bounds!

Gothguy on July 23, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Charlie was right.
Asking a Democrat a hard question really doesn’t sound like NBC.

NeoKong on July 23, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Definitely the money quote in that whole exchange. And what do you wanna bet not a single journalist at NBC or MSNBC had the slightest scintilla of a twinge of shame that even the most corrupt member of congress has them all pegged so perfectly as official full-time pillow fluffers for anyone who has a D after their name. Priceless.

leilani on July 23, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Race card to be played in 9, 8, 7….

Alden Pyle on July 23, 2010 at 8:26 PM

They really have forgotten they serve the people.

Race card to be played in 9, 8, 7….

Alden Pyle on July 23, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Is politician a race? /

CWforFreedom on July 23, 2010 at 8:28 PM

I had no idea Luke Russert was such a racist.

greggriffith on July 23, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Charles Rangel has every right to be indignant.

Charlie is surrounded by corruption and criminal activity every day. It’s called being a member of the U.S. Congress.

It’s like driving a car among 435 other cars in the Indy 500……and on lap 50 your car gets pulled over for a speeding ticket.

David2.0 on July 23, 2010 at 8:32 PM

JONAH GOLDBERG: “Shirley Sherrod, who didn’t know who Andrew Breitbart was 72 hours ago, now knows him well enough to say that he wants to put all blacks back into slavery. If I were David Axelrod, I’d be calling this woman and beg her to stop talking. And, yes, she does owe Andrew an apology.”

O.K., I take back what I said in my previous post. These people will continue the racist chant, and they will circle the wagons around the Rangel POS.

Jeez, hard to believe what I’m seeing.

Keemo on July 23, 2010 at 8:33 PM

The timing of his upcoming trial is perfect!

Schadenfreude on July 23, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Yes it will be good to get rid of old Charlie, but there’s a hundred more wackos like him in the democratic party. Conyers, Jackson-Lee, Hank Johnson, Barney Frank, Alcee Hastings, Bobby Rush, etc, etc; just to name a few and all just as corrupt. Meet the new Rep from Harlem, same as the old Rep from Harlem.

Anyone up for a parody to the tune of “Good Time Charlies’ Got the Blues”?

slickwillie2001 on July 23, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Captain Kickass with his side-kick Dumbass guy, now helped by Lt. Jackass…

Somehow I actually can picture this as a comic book. Not a pleasant one, however.

ajacksonian on July 23, 2010 at 9:05 PM

“it just shows what has happened to a channel that did have some respect”

Did anyone but me hear that?

Did anyone but me think “WTF”

HogsBreath on July 23, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Rangel has milked racial victimization for everything he could.

Throw the trash out. And take Kerry with the load.

Cody1991 on July 23, 2010 at 7:37 PM

No need to make a distintion for another piece of trash. Let’s throw out the trash in general. btw don’t forget mccain and lindsey. lol

whiskeytango on July 23, 2010 at 9:12 PM

I heard he just tried to run Dale Earnhart Jr. off the road.

borntoraisehogs on July 23, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Woah…via Instapundit:

House Democrat calls on Rep. Charles Rangel to resign

AUINSC on July 23, 2010 at 9:33 PM

The Congress is racially sensitive.

To wit, if you are black and corrupt, but only just so corrupt, everything is fine. You can be more corrupt than other congresscritters, if you take care of the right people…who inevitably seem to be white. We have had a female Speaker, but never a black one. Or Asian. Hindi. Etc.

Fat Charlie could be more corrupt for a longer time than Cold Cash Jefferson because he used to be more clever and useful than Jefferson. Now, his star fades…he looks dumber than dirt in front of cub reporters. Pelosi, equally dumb, senses that Charlie ain’t so useful any more. She is clever, in a reptillian sense, about threats to her needs.

So, Charlie, it is time to face up to your greed and posturing, empty virtues useful to others who used you and for your own use of others. Your life as a pimp and a whore, at the same time, finally catches up.

What do you really think at night, Charlie, when it is dark and really quiet? I would love to know, how you reconcile the whore/pimp/whore/pimp life you have led.

Hope you are happy, Charlie, to be part of the race to the bottom of ethics and practice in the Congress of the United States of America.

If there is a hell and I go there, I hope to see you.

Harry Schell on July 23, 2010 at 10:08 PM

If you really listen to this second clip, I think he’s got something wrong in his brain. Maybe something with age or whatever. Because, he said absolutely nothing in about a million rambling words.

TheBlueSite on July 23, 2010 at 10:15 PM

I hope Charlie doesn’t resign…the swamp will be safer if he does. Just as Chrissie Dodd ran when things got tough, and his whore/pimp status really would get examined.

Good for Democrats if he does, bad for this country. Full exposure of Fat Charlie needs to happen. Black people need this more than others, to see their own treated equally before the law…and to find out nationally who Fat Charlie really is. Sounds like his subjects are already there.

I guess I know what he and Pelosi will be talking about over the weekend.

Harry Schell on July 23, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Voters have repeatedly sent signals during this primary season that they are fed up with Washington

1. Chris Cilizza cannot possibly be suggesting that Charlie Rangel’s race-gerrymandered Harlem district voters are going to vote him out of office over silliness like laws and ethics. Can he?

2. Wha…? Where is The Race Tard? Surely every comment on this thread represents the grade school arithmetic that reminds him all conservatives are racists?

Jaibones on July 23, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Charlie may be going under the bus. Why else would Nancy allow this to come out now?

humdinger on July 23, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Russert didn’t think his question was a negative one because he is new and a dumb a$$. He didn’t expect a fellow liberal to jump all over him and I don’t think Rangle realized who he was right away.

Russert is beholden to the liberals on the Hill and Rangle is a pompous jerk.

Vince on July 23, 2010 at 10:44 PM

Goodbye, Charlie!!

Conservative Samizdat on July 23, 2010 at 10:45 PM

Charlie was right.
Asking a Democrat a hard question really doesn’t sound like NBC.

NeoKong on July 23, 2010 at 7:01 PM

The Rangel exception to the NBC rule?: I’m sure the Democrats are asking their BFF/fave ‘reporters’ to trounce on ole Charlie; the more often they report on his ethic charges, the sooner (before the mid-term elections) the Democrats can ask him to resign. Having to step aside as the most powerful chairman house/ways committee several months ago, Rangel is bad news for the Democrats. Trial by media kills 2 birds with 1 stone: silences the CBC and currys favor with independants.

TN Mom on July 23, 2010 at 10:53 PM

Charlie: apology accepted only after your resignation is in effect.

Khun Joe on July 23, 2010 at 11:03 PM

Russert will be fired by MSNBC over the weekend.

On Monday morning he’ll be doing spots Fox & Friends surrounding by Courtney Friel, Ainsley Earhart, and every other available FNC hottie. And he’ll be wearing a sticker that reads, “The best revenge is living well.”

BuckeyeSam on July 24, 2010 at 12:07 AM

The first clip shows the wink and nod acknowledgment between reporter and politician in public of just how corrupt NBC and MSNBC are. It’s quite extraordinary actually.

TheBigOldDog on July 24, 2010 at 12:58 AM

Stars and Bars. Mostly bars for Rangel, please.

Sherman1864 on July 24, 2010 at 2:39 AM

It is time to VOTE REP. RANGEL OUT OFFICE!

Michel Faulkner is the Republican candidate running against Rep. Rangel.

Check out Michel Faulkner’s website here:

http://www.faulknerforcongress.com/

Looks like this Pastor and former Football Player for the New York Jets will give Charlie some stiff competition!

wren on July 24, 2010 at 3:03 AM

The best evidence yet of Dem/Media collusion: Rangel’s puzzlement over MSNBC’s audacity.

WordsMatter on July 24, 2010 at 7:33 AM

So a Dem consultant suggests that the racial politics of the CBC are such that they’ll back the almost certainly guilty Rangel? Wonder why he or she didn’t want to go on the record with that…

Karl on July 23, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Are you surprised? After the CBC circled the wagons for Alcee Hastings who WAS convicted of corruption as a judge? The notion of the Dems (Corruptions ‘R Us)draining the swamp is akin to the fox safeguarding the chicken coop.

AH_C on July 24, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Once this NY Democrat dirtbag is kicked out of Congress on his ass I will clap… long overdue…

IntheNet on July 23, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Except that he will be promptly replaced by another NY Democrat dirtbag.

jnelchef on July 24, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Charlie Rangel may be the most prolific and adept race-baiter in Congress.

This man has done nothing for his district. The conditions within and attitude toward his own community would be considered racist if not for his skin tone and diehard liberal fanaticism. The level of contempt he must hold for people to treat them like such fools is unrivaled.

The Race Card on July 24, 2010 at 1:31 PM

It doesn’t sound like a question MSNBC would ask, but it sure sounds like an answer a scum bag politician would give.

No offense to scum bags…

elifino on July 24, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Total Charlie Total.

Now go back to being a racist.

Texyank on July 24, 2010 at 4:18 PM

I think there is something missing in the headline. “Hey, sorry for acting like a total jackass with Luke Russert”

Rep. Charles Reneging Rangel, forgot the key word – “I’m”, and I do not think he should have described his actions as acting when in fact he was just being himself, ‘a total jackass’.

MSGTAS on July 25, 2010 at 10:41 AM