I've knocked Representative Charlie Rangel (D-NY) for soliciting bribes, and I find his politics deplorable in many cases, but I've got to thank him for defending America and President Bush against the insane Hugo Chavez.

"You do not come into my country, my congressional district, and you do not condemn my president. If there is any criticism of President Bush, it should be restricted to Americans, whether they voted for him or not. I just want to make it abundantly clear to Hugo Chavez or any other president, do not come to the United States and think because we have problems with our president that any foreigner can come to our country and not think that Americans do not feel offended when you offend our Chief of State..."

Hey it's on Drudge so you've seen it, but at least I can get on the record.

Putting her finger to the wind, Nancy Pelosi has also decided to defend the President and America.

One of President George W. Bush's fiercest political opponents at home took his side on Thursday, calling Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez a "thug" for his remark that Bush is like the devil.

"Hugo Chavez fancies himself a modern day Simon Bolivar but all he is an everyday thug," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said at a news conference, referring to Chavez' comments in a U.N. General Assembly speech on Wednesday.

"Hugo Chavez abused the privilege that he had, speaking at the United Nations," said Pelosi, a frequent Bush critic. "He demeaned himself and he demeaned Venezuela."

All true enough, so thanks. Now if only we could get Democrats to be such fierce defenders of America when we're attacked with bombs and not just words.



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