Charlie Rangel: If you white tea-party crackers were offended by my choice of words, I apologize

Well, okay. But I … can’t shake the feeling that he’s not really sorry.

Via the Daily Caller, the key bit runs from 14:50 to 16:45. I remembered him sneering at conservative “crackers” last year but I’d forgotten how explicit he was in equating tea partiers with violent Jim Crow-era segregationists. In case he wasn’t clear the first time:

“A guy from Lennox Avenue who’s in the Congress calls mean-spirited people, that bomb and kill people, set dogs on them, lynch people, and still refuse to admit that we’re suffering the pain from this, and they can say, ‘That guy makes a lot of sense, but he had no business calling us a white cracker.’”

So there you go. He’s in his mid-80s, has spent more than half his life in Congress, received the first formal censure from the House in 27 years for his ethics violations, compared George Bush to Bull Connor and dismisses the party that just won a national landslide as run by de facto Klansmen — and was just reelected to the House for his 23rdd consecutive term with 87 percent of the vote. God bless America.