Rangel: Of course Biden meant slavery with his stupid “chains” comment

posted at 11:56 am on August 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Here’s something I thought I’d never write: a moment of clarity from Charlie Rangel.  You can watch the entire interview with The Perez Notes at the link, but we’ll pick up where Rep. Rangel begins discussing how attack ads destroy credibility, starting with Joe Biden’s “they goin’ to put y’all back in chains” in Danville, Virginia.  Not only does Rangel describe the claim as laughable, he also says that the Obama campaign’s defense of it — that Biden meant economic hardship and not slavery — is ridiculous on its face:

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 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.

Of course, it’s nothing new to hear Joe Biden say something he thinks is cute but everyone else recognizes as stupid.  Itis significant that Rangel publicly derides the Obama campaign for defending it — and for their accusation that Romney was somehow responsible for a cancer death because of a layoff of the woman’s spouse years earlier.  Rangel shrugs if off by saying, “If you want to win, you’ve got to play this filthy, obscene game.”

Hope and Change in Chains!

Update: JPeterman brings up a good question in the comments.  How long before we see a Cory Booker Hostage Video from Rangel?  Actually, I don’t think Rangel will care enough about Team Obama’s outrage to bother.

Also, let’s not forget that Obama is sending Vice President Filthy and Obscene out to Tampa for the Republican convention next week, after belatedly issuing his running mate a vote of confidence yesterday.  That should provide a lot of ammunition … for Republicans.


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Coming from the man who has thrown off the chains of paying taxes.

NotCoach on August 24, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Man Chuck you’re looking rough…

How’s the rent controlled dacha treating you?

harlekwin15 on August 24, 2012 at 11:59 AM

If you’ve lost Charlie Rangel…………….

Bitter Clinger on August 24, 2012 at 11:59 AM

A moment of clarity indeed.

WisRich on August 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

OT

Does anyone know if you can watch the convention next week streaming on the web?

The Rock on August 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Gold chains

faraway on August 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Wow, they’ve even lost the rooster.

Doughboy on August 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Even a broken clock……..

50sGuy on August 24, 2012 at 12:03 PM

OT

Does anyone know if you can watch the convention next week streaming on the web?

The Rock on August 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

It’s 2012. I’m thinking the answer to your question will be yes.

Doughboy on August 24, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Get under the bus Charlie. I look forward to watching your hostage video/

JPeterman on August 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Sometimes you are left with the date you brought to the dance.

jake-the-goose on August 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Rangel shrugs if off by saying, “If you want to win, you’ve got to play this filthy, obscene game.”

Buried the lede? Democrats admitting that it’s really just about winning and nothing else?

Red Cloud on August 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Do the wooly caterpillars crawling across Rangel’s forehead forecast a hard winter ahead?

onlineanalyst on August 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Charlie’s a crook, but a likable crook.

petefrt on August 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Barry must be really losing for Rangel to put distance between them.

bayview on August 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM

petefrt on August 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Usually.

petefrt on August 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Charlie Rangel, an ‘Uncle Tom’?

Pork-Chop on August 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Do the wooly caterpillars crawling across Rangel’s forehead forecast a hard winter ahead?

onlineanalyst on August 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Now that’s funny, I don’t care who ya’ are.

Bitter Clinger on August 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Politics is a bad habit.

rubberneck on August 24, 2012 at 12:10 PM

“oh, that’s just Charle being Charlie”

– LSM, Joe Biden, Obama admin

pambi on August 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Buried the lede? Democrats admitting that it’s really just about winning and nothing else?

Red Cloud on August 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM

It’s worse than that. CBS had a tweet today that an Obama campaign official said bain was about profit not jobs. The young JuiceBox Mafia donks are genuine marxists, Chucjk was just a greedy patronage corruptocrat a burden on the engine of wealth but not a destroyer of it.

Chuck if you got him drunk enough would tell you Barack scares the hell out of him.

harlekwin15 on August 24, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Charlie must be reading the tea leaves.

He was a Shrillary supporter, so he can’t wait until O’Butthead is kicked off the stage, and he takes the moron Biden with him.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on August 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Was it something stupid to say? You bet your life it was stupid.

Then why the cheering?

Biden knew it would sell with the people to whom he wanted to sell it.

mankai on August 24, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Steffie Cutter and DWS hardest hit.

BacaDog on August 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Was he talking about slavery? You bet your ass he was.

This is a senior elected official talking like a teenage street thug.

Democrats are so crass.

UltimateBob on August 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM

LOL! Vice President Filthy and Obscene”! Good one, Ed!

thatsafactjack on August 24, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Here’s something I thought I’d never write: a moment of clarity from Charlie Rangel.

The price you pay for livin’. :)

Axe on August 24, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Obama Campaign says Romney’s career at Bain Capital “was not about creating jobs, it was about creating profits.”
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 24, 2012

quick kids let’s play

HEY SCOAMF THAT IS A STUPID THING TO SAY!

now why is this a stupid thing?

harlekwin15 on August 24, 2012 at 12:16 PM

How soon until Rangel is labeled ‘a senile old man’ by the Left?

Liam on August 24, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Both sides are not doing it.

ctmom on August 24, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Stephanie Cutter, Carney and Little Debbie to make snide remarks about Charlie’s age in 5…4…3…

Flora Duh on August 24, 2012 at 12:21 PM

bayview on August 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM

It may have more to do with Obama essentially telling Rangel, publicly, that he should resign, and implying as he did so that Rangel was over the hill, when Rangel was hit with the ethics charges over his tax situation. Obama threw Rangel under the bus at a moment when Rangel was fighting for his political life. I doubt Rangel appreciated it.

thatsafactjack on August 24, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Rangle,the secret idol of most politicians.They dream about being as good of a crook as him and wishing they were as teflon coated.

docflash on August 24, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Here’s Obama saying that Rangel should “end his career with dignity” when Rangel was hit with the ethics charges that ended up only getting him censured.

Obama nailing Rangel

thatsafactjack on August 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Vice President Filthy and Obscene

Unhinged. Keep it classy!

That should provide a lot of ammunition … for Republicans.

Given your record on predictions and Bagdad Bob prose, it’s a good bet the opposite will happen.

tommyhawk on August 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM

You bet your life it was stupid.”

Patronizing too

Biden managed to shift the conversation on the MSM. One might suspect the scripted phrase was designed to be stupid and controversial. Wonder if he had a speech coach?

Biden has become the useful idiot of the movement.

Because he has developed a clown image, he can spit out the news shifting arrows and get away with it. Sure took the cameras off Ryan who was red hot

A hollywood PR agent would be jealous of the way Biden is used to get news space and create white noise. Then again, it could be a Hollywood PR agent writing the scripts

Rangel may not be in on the meetings, but he knows the way the game is played so he threw in his one cent which was a tale of sound and blah blah indicating nothing

entagor on August 24, 2012 at 12:26 PM

So, it’s only the legacy media that think otherwise…

d1carter on August 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Then why the cheering?

Biden knew it would sell with the people to whom he wanted to sell it.

mankai on August 24, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Because racism is strong among VA’s African American community. It is a victim mentality that only survives with the idea that whites are out there actively looking for ways of discriminating against blacks or otherwise keeping them oppressed or something.

And I think it mostly generational with the older individuals, who recall things like segregated schools that are more likely to be the racists. Joe Biden’s comments play to their beliefs.

Happy Nomad on August 24, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Filthy and Obscene

Unhinged. Keep it classy!

That should provide a lot of ammunition
tommyhawk on August 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM

MontanaMmmm on August 24, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Has Charlie’s primary been settled yet? Dem on dem vote theft is such fun.

slickwillie2001 on August 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM

tommyhawk on August 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM

MontanaMmmm on August 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Uhoh. New talking point for the next 36 hour news cycle.

@jaketapper Romney at Michigan rally: “No ones ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know where I was born and raised.”

Romney’s a BIRTHER!! ///

Flora Duh on August 24, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Good grief, the journalistic double standard gets harder to understand by the minute.

Cindy Munford on August 24, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Obama Campaign says Romney’s career at Bain Capital “was not about creating jobs, it was about creating profits.”
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 24, 2012

quick kids let’s play

HEY SCOAMF THAT IS A STUPID THING TO SAY!

now why is this a stupid thing?

harlekwin15 on August 24, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I think the better question is: Why after 4 years of on the job training do we still have a President who doesn’t understand basic economics?

txhsmom on August 24, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Chawly Rangel, who by the way, served in Korea.

ToddPA on August 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Romney’s a BIRTHER!! ///

Flora Duh on August 24, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Good ole’ Jake….

ask JackHole Tapper whether or not he has an opinion on Obama hating the profit motive….

harlekwin15 on August 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

I think the better question is: Why after 4 years of on the job training do we still have a President who doesn’t understand basic economics?

txhsmom on August 24, 2012 at 12:35 PM

there’s one of two reasons SCOAMF doesn’t want you seeing his academic history

1)he lied about who he was so far as citizenship for gain

2)his curricula vitae tells you exactly who he is

the rest is noise

harlekwin15 on August 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM

harlekwin15 on August 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Nah, he and Michelle Malkin are in the middle of a heated discussion, I don’t want to interrupt it.

Flora Duh on August 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM

“It was something 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.

Who are “they” who are beating the hell out of “us”? Chollie Wrangel may be more racist than Slow Joe Bite-me…

Steve Z on August 24, 2012 at 12:42 PM

“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.”

Said the corrupt supporter of killing millions in his own minority community through the genocide of Abortion.

……and Rep. Rangel you’re nothing more than a House slave on the Democrat plantation. Do they let you take your chains off when you serve at the main table (by bringing in the votes of your base)?

PappyD61 on August 24, 2012 at 12:44 PM

As if it matters. Please. The only people who would have a legit complaint are like Charlie. Offended perhaps, but still going to pull the lever for Barack.

txmomof6 on August 24, 2012 at 12:45 PM

thatsafactjack on August 24, 2012 at 12:21 PM

You are right. But it is fun to watch Rangel peeing on Barry no matter what his motive is.

bayview on August 24, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Good grief, the journalistic double standard gets harder to understand by the minute.

Cindy Munford on August 24, 2012 at 12:34 PM

I find easier. When in power, liberals are dangerous. When out of power, they become crazier and will do everything they can–no matter how puerile–to return to power.

Liberals are incapable of tolerating other opinions, because they don’t believe there could possibly be another opinion. Rejecting others is easy for libs, for they are convinced they hold the moral high ground. Included in that, they can’t handle being rejected.

Think of a bully who finally gets his fanny whipped by one of his victims. What’s the bully’s first cry?

“I didn’t do nuthin’!”

Same with liberals.

Liam on August 24, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Get under the bus Charlie. I look forward to watching your hostage video/

JPeterman on August 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM

There are not enough buses in Harlem :) he’ll always be re-elected there with a huge majoirty :) …Obama and his Chicago boys can’t do anything to him really :)…

jimver on August 24, 2012 at 12:49 PM

For Rangle this isn’t a moment of clarity, this just means that ocommie hasn’t serviced him properly and he’s getting a bit randy.

I’m sure his attitude will be adjusted by the commie in chief in 3….2….1….

Wolfmoon on August 24, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Cholly Rangel, formerly my Congressman, is so deeply corrupt (small c, as in venal, not large “C” as in morally reprehensible in all ways) in a classically big city pol sort of way, and survived a determined effort to get him out of the House in 2010, so that he now has the luxury of saying whatever the hell he wants to say. He’s actually a pretty interesting guy with lots of life experience, so he can pop off with little truths every now and again and get away with it.

MTF on August 24, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Obama Campaign says Romney’s career at Bain Capital “was not about creating jobs, it was about creating profits.”
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 24, 2012

quick kids let’s play

HEY SCOAMF THAT IS A STUPID THING TO SAY!

now why is this a stupid thing?

harlekwin15 on August 24, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I think the better question is: Why after 4 years of on the job training do we still have a President who doesn’t understand basic economics?

txhsmom on August 24, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Start an investment fund with an objective to ‘create jobs’ rather than make a profit. See how many investors, pension funds, or teacher unions will give you their money to invest.

slickwillie2001 on August 24, 2012 at 12:55 PM

bayview on August 24, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I think its indicative of the state of affairs within the Democratic party. No one likes a loser and no one wants to be shackled to a loser( you’ll pardon the metaphor).

The Democrats are stuck with Obama, and now that they’re getting a sense of how bad its going to be, I think there’s a genuine anger brewing within the ranks.

Obama has been insufferable to the GOP with his hubris, unmitigated arrogance, narcissism, and use of ‘the Chicago way’. Imagine what he must have been like to those who served under him within his own party.

I expect to see more of this sort of thing, not less.

As we say here at Hot Air… pass the popcorn!

thatsafactjack on August 24, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Get under the bus Charlie. I look forward to watching your hostage video/

JPeterman on August 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Thread winner! However – I think Charlie’s his own man…

22044 on August 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM

thatsafactjack on August 24, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Hope you’re right. Always like reading your posts, by the way.

22044 on August 24, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Because Slow Joe lowered his voice to begin the scripted sentence, nearly everyone has missed the FULL Br’er Rabbit/Ol’Man Ribber nuance he used…
The correct quote was -

DEY gone put y’all back in chains!!”

Wonder if Joe had blackface make up packed?

HammerNH on August 24, 2012 at 1:05 PM

22044 on August 24, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Thank you, you’re too kind. I’ve enjoyed many of yours, as well.

thatsafactjack on August 24, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Chollie Wrangel may be more racist than Slow Joe Bite-me…

Steve Z on August 24, 2012 at 12:42 PM

How would this be a surprise?

Solaratov on August 24, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Rangel knows his time is just about done. He’s got nothing to lose by finally telling the truth.

RebeccaH on August 24, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Heh, The People’s Cube offers a tutorial in interpreting Republican dog whistles.
http://www.thepeoplescube.com/peoples-blog/decoding-republican-dog-whistles-a-tutorial-t9471.html

onlineanalyst on August 24, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Uhoh. New talking point for the next 36 hour news cycle.

Romney’s a BIRTHER!! ///

Flora Duh on August 24, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Would love to see this, ’cause it’s fun to watch the enema burn the clock when they are behind. Hardly ever get to see that kind of thing outside of pee wee.

Axe on August 24, 2012 at 1:26 PM

*sort of like an “own goal” type deal.

Axe on August 24, 2012 at 1:28 PM

“Stand up Chuck!”

“STFD and STFU Chuck!”

- Sheriphph Joe

pain train on August 24, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Obama threw Rangel under the bus at a moment when Rangel was fighting for his political life. I doubt Rangel appreciated it.

thatsafactjack on August 24, 2012 at 12:21 PM

“I’m sure that what he Charlie wants is to be able to help end his Obama’s career with dignity, and my hope is that happens

pain train on August 24, 2012 at 1:52 PM

The crook is right.

Schadenfreude on August 24, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Cholly Rangel, formerly my Congressman, is so deeply corrupt (small c, as in venal, not large “C” as in morally reprehensible in all ways) in a classically big city pol sort of way, and survived a determined effort to get him out of the House in 2010, so that he now has the luxury of saying whatever the hell he wants to say. He’s actually a pretty interesting guy with lots of life experience, so he can pop off with little truths every now and again and get away with it.

MTF on August 24, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Rangel is also something else. He is a Military Veteran and I believe a combat Veteran. Because of the truth of what MTF says, Rangel’s military service and inelegance, I will be sorry to see him leave the political stage.

Political Campaigning is an overwhelmingly bloodless substitute for Civil War. Rangel clearly understands this. Hand salute.

Linh_My on August 24, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Rangel: Of course Biden meant slavery with his stupid “chains” comment

…how long before he is threatened and starts back tracking?

KOOLAID2 on August 24, 2012 at 3:28 PM

How can the Republicans put them ‘back’ in chains when the Democrats KEEP them (metaphorically) in chains?

Khun Joe on August 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

the real insult is a guy from Delaware using the word ‘y’all’

burserker on August 24, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Is it just me or do others feel that the Dem’s are always accusing the GOP of actions that are right out of the DEM’s Play Book. In other words they accuse the GOP first then they (The Dem’s) go out and do what they just accused the GOP of so that the GOP takes the heat.

The Obama team is maybe the most racist group I have see in politics since George Wallace. Their intent is typical of my home town, Chicago. In the Ward system they keep the minorities totally subservient and dependent on the prevailing government for all their needs. Then the minorities must vote DEM or starve. Neat setup that the Original Richard Daley came up with.

jpcpt03 on August 24, 2012 at 4:45 PM

WOW…something on which I finally agree with this tax-cheat!

easyt65 on August 25, 2012 at 11:38 AM