Well, I feel the need to update on these guys since I kinda attacked some on the left...and I was afraid Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Rangel were going to ruin all my fun. But leave it to Iowa's Tom Harkin to give me a quote I really wanted to hear: Harkin said the comments were "incendiary", then went on to say, "Let me put it this way, I can understand the frustration, ah, and the anger of certain people around the world because of George Bush's policies."
So, basically Tom is saying "Hugo's comments were a little over the line...but I understand where he is coming from. He was echoing the sentiments of the Democratic party but he just said it a little more blunt than we prefer."
Chuck Rangel's condemnation of the speech was much funnier. I'm not going to quote it, you can read it for yourself here -- but here's the basic point. Hugo, buddy, pal...that wasn't nice. Don't attack our President. Now, we wish he was kind and generous like you are but you can't say those things. Not here anyway. Say them at home and we'll shake in agreement, but not here. But, again, thanks for the oil. Our President is too stingy to give us free heating oil. Oh, and give me a call when you get home.
At least Nancy Pelosi had the guts to just condemn the speech and not take a shot at the President in the same breath like Rangel.
As for Chavez himself, he decided to travel down into Harlem to a church where he delivered a nice speech at a church. Highlights include calling Bush an alcoholic, a sick man and a man who walks like John Wayne. Good stuff.
Anyway, Chavez is really causing a problem on the Left and it's because he sounds like them. He told the attendees at the church that America is attempting to suppress and hold back blacks and minorities. Sound familiar? He talks often about the sympathy he feels for those the government ignored during Hurricane Katrina. Sound famililar? Chavez has essentially usurped the Democrat agenda and is using it. That points Democrats in a very tight spot...they can't side with the dictator from Venezuela but they really, really want to.
Remember after Katrina..."George Bush doesn't care about black people." I mean, that was Kanye but many Democrats said the same thing just in fancier ways. And now Chavez is saying it. Hugo Chavez may end up being the best thing for the Republicans as the election approaches. Maybe Bush will end up thanking him for his attack before this year is over.