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Rangel: Cheney's too old and sick to lead

“Sometimes I don’t even think Cheney is awake enough to know what’s going on.”

— Charles Rangel (D-Harlem) in a televised interview on NY1

I was laughing so hard at Charlie Rangel’s comments that couldn’t resist posting. I have to disagree with him on one point — Darth is evil and that’s why he hasn’t kicked it yet.

For the second time in recent months, the dean of New York’s congressional delegation has questioned whether Vice President Dick Cheney is fit for the duties of his office.

In an interview in August on NY1, the New York City-based all-news channel, Rep. Charles Rangel suggested that Cheney might be too sick to perform his job. On Friday evening, Rangel was asked in a follow-up talk on the station if he thought Cheney should step down.

He should never have stepped up in the first place,” Rangel said. “He’s too old for the job and doesn’t have the experience.”

Later in Friday’s interview, Rangel finished off a list of problems he had with Bush administration policies by adding: “I would like to believe he’s sick rather than just mean and evil.”

The issue first came up when Rangel was interviewed on Aug. 27 and asked if he thought that President Bush was taking too much vacation time. “Oh no, it makes the country a lot more safe,” Rangel said. “The further Bush is away from Washington, the better it is.

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