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Democrats warn Chavez: Don't bash Bush
CNN ^ | 9/21/06 | CNN

Posted on 09/21/2006 4:15:48 PM PDT by freedom44

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Two of President Bush's staunchest domestic critics leapt to his defense Thursday, a day after one of his fiercest foreign foes called him "the devil" in a scorching speech before the United Nations.

"You don't come into my country; you don't come into my congressional district and you don't condemn my president," Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, scolded Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, was blunt in her criticism of the Venezuelan leader. "He is an everyday thug," she said. (Watch Rangel rip Chavez -- 1:28 )

Chavez kept up his criticism of Bush during a visit to Harlem on Thursday, calling the U.S. president "a sick man" who is unqualified for the job. Chavez also said he is expanding his heating-oil program to help low-income Americans.

During his speech before the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, Chavez launched into a caustic verbal attack of Bush that shocked diplomats and observers accustomed to the staid verbiage of international diplomacy. (Full story)

"The devil came here yesterday," Chavez said, referring to Bush, who addressed the world body during its annual meeting Tuesday. "And it smells of sulfur still today."

Chavez accused Bush of having spoken "as if he owned the world" when the U.S. president addressed the world body on Tuesday. (Watch how Chavez's belligerence may backfire -- 3:11)

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chavez; damagecontrol; demcya; hugochavez; hypocrisy; pelosi; rangel
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1 posted on 09/21/2006 4:15:49 PM PDT by freedom44
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To: freedom44

What? Are Democratic leaders afraid if Chavez does too good of a job bashing Bush that their voters will write in his name on ballots in the fall election?


2 posted on 09/21/2006 4:17:22 PM PDT by MikeA (Not voting out of anger in November is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House)
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To: freedom44

How dare he! That the Junk Media's and the Democrats job!


3 posted on 09/21/2006 4:17:22 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Ann Coulter: "I love Freepers!" Told to Freeper eeevil Conservative)
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To: freedom44

It's Showtime...


4 posted on 09/21/2006 4:17:24 PM PDT by Bob J (RIGHTALK.com...a conservative alternative to NPR!)
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To: MNJohnnie

LOL... exactly.


5 posted on 09/21/2006 4:18:08 PM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: freedom44

What a bunch of morons. Chavez is only parroting 'Rat talking points!


6 posted on 09/21/2006 4:19:45 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: freedom44

I suggest the jump was not to Bush's defense, but to their own. All of a sudden it dawned on the leftist fruitcakes that Chavez and Aminawhackjob sounded just like them.

Yeah, and that's what we've been objecting to you idiot leftists.


7 posted on 09/21/2006 4:19:54 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking it's heritage.)
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To: freedom44

The Dems were caught off guard. They probably expected some blustery rhetoric but the smile drained from their faces as his diatribe evolved and decended into insanity. They saw too late that America would make the linkage between the global fomentors of terror and their fundamental views. Expect more damage control. Too little too late I hope.


8 posted on 09/21/2006 4:20:04 PM PDT by n230099 ("If the creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely meant us to stick it out.")
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To: freedom44
Good grief...

9 posted on 09/21/2006 4:20:30 PM PDT by Lucky9teen ("War is about killing & destroying their property, not about covering your asses in a conf. room")
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To: freedom44

Hasn't the horse already left the barn? They musta waited until the poll results were in.


10 posted on 09/21/2006 4:20:35 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: freedom44
"During his speech before the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, Chavez launched into a caustic verbal attack of Bush that shocked diplomats and observers accustomed to the staid verbiage of international diplomacy."

CNN, you lying presstitutes. They laughed and applauded. *spit*

11 posted on 09/21/2006 4:20:36 PM PDT by eureka! (Heaven forbid the Rats get control of Congress and/or the Presidency any time soon....)
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To: freedom44

Chavez: " Bush is the devil!"
Rangel: "Don't be callin' my b@tch a devil"
Bush: "thanks, Charlie"
Rangel:" Shut up you devil b@tch!"


12 posted on 09/21/2006 4:21:08 PM PDT by pipecorp ( Al Lahsuchs................8(_o_)8 .................p b & j ;;; mercy is wasted on the merciless.)
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To: freedom44

These kook DemonRats think Chavez and all these UN junk are the best things in the world. Heard that Chavez got a great crowd in Harlem which included Rangel and his Commie terrorist friends.


13 posted on 09/21/2006 4:21:10 PM PDT by johna61
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To: freedom44

Only two??? I'd really like to believe that this would be something that would bring us together. As Charlie Daniels said, "We may have done a little bit of fightin' amongst ourselves/but you outside people best leave us alone."


14 posted on 09/21/2006 4:21:45 PM PDT by Paul Heinzman (Being gay isn't required at DU, but you have to at least try it once.)
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To: MikeA

Chavez? I thought it was John Kerry speaking.


15 posted on 09/21/2006 4:21:52 PM PDT by Voltage
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To: freedom44

Was that before or after they applauded the speech?


16 posted on 09/21/2006 4:22:14 PM PDT by RasterMaster (Winning Islamic hearts and minds.........one bullet at a time!)
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To: n230099

I do appreciate these two Democrats. I also agree with you that there has been cross fertilization between them and our foreign foes. In addition, the domestic opposition to Bush has encouraged our enemies abroad. I am not saying we should have no opposition in our free country, but it is being misread and encouraging our enemies.


17 posted on 09/21/2006 4:22:38 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Civilization and democracy are under attack around the world, so Liberals attack Bush.)
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To: Frank_2001

yes they are! and if pelosi thinks chavez is a thug for saying bush is a devil... what the heck is she????.. she says far worse


18 posted on 09/21/2006 4:23:30 PM PDT by irishfox
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To: freedom44
you don't condemn my president

I imagine Charlie had to choke on those last two words.
19 posted on 09/21/2006 4:23:36 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: Paul Heinzman

The liberals love Chavez, Castro, Ahmanutjob, bin Laden and anybody else who hates America. They have gone completely off the deep end.


20 posted on 09/21/2006 4:23:52 PM PDT by Argus
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To: freedom44
The democrats love Chavez! In fact, their netroots and blogs are falling in love with him, their digital Stalinism and digital Staliniests finally admits this truth.
21 posted on 09/21/2006 4:23:54 PM PDT by FreeRep
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To: freedom44
It would be nice, for a moment, to imagine that the Democrats were having a pang of nonpartisan patriotism. That they cared more for their country than for themselves and are not just posturing for the gullible media.

Okay, moments over.
22 posted on 09/21/2006 4:24:08 PM PDT by redheadtoo
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To: Voltage
The DUmocrats supported Chavez (and Bush hatred), before they were against it.


23 posted on 09/21/2006 4:25:25 PM PDT by RasterMaster (Winning Islamic hearts and minds.........one bullet at a time!)
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To: freedom44

They're afraid of voter backlash against them, because Chavez's comments sounded so much like those of Pelosi, Rangel, et al.


24 posted on 09/21/2006 4:25:36 PM PDT by My2Cents (A pirate's life for me.)
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To: Voltage

Yeah, when I saw all that fat, grease and bloviating behind the UN podium I thought it was either Ted Kennedy or Al Gore up there.


25 posted on 09/21/2006 4:25:57 PM PDT by MikeA (Not voting out of anger in November is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House)
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To: freedom44
The dims are just mad cause Chavez is stealing the best lines from their campaign speeches. The brute.
26 posted on 09/21/2006 4:25:59 PM PDT by smoothsailing (Support The Troops-Support The Mission--Please Visit http://www.irey.com--&--Vets4Irey.com)
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To: DoughtyOne

Dead center bullseye, DoughtyOne.


27 posted on 09/21/2006 4:26:24 PM PDT by labette (The land of the Free and the home of the Brave just a little while longer please.)
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To: FreeRep

That is exactly right Chavez is the lefts hero ask Jimmah carter ... anyway.. Rick Santorum needs to get up front and say I wonder why the Dem leaders are defending Bush over Castro's remarks when they have said the same and worse....


28 posted on 09/21/2006 4:26:35 PM PDT by tomnbeverly (George W. Bush calls for Unity. Democrat leaders continue to divide.)
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To: freedom44


Their "warnings" came after the fact.
Who writes the headlines for CNN?


29 posted on 09/21/2006 4:27:18 PM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- IF only 10% are radical, that's still 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: freedom44

LOL!! He's just emulating the Democrats.


30 posted on 09/21/2006 4:30:33 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: freedom44
Democrats warn Chavez: Don't bash Bush...

Translation: You`re hurting our election chances by saying the same things we do.

31 posted on 09/21/2006 4:31:06 PM PDT by Screamname (By God, pray for me, someone help me please! Hillary is my Senator! HELP MEEE!)
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To: MikeA
"What? Are Democratic leaders afraid if Chavez does too good of a job bashing Bush that their voters will write in his name on ballots in the fall election?"

No! They are in cahoots. Chavez criticizes Bush. The Dems defend Bush making them look like the tough patriotic defenders of the nation. I am telling you the dems coordinated this whole thing. When have the dems EVER defended Bush? This is for votes and nothing else.
32 posted on 09/21/2006 4:32:32 PM PDT by MPJackal ("If you are not with us, you are against us.")
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To: MPJackal

You could be right.


33 posted on 09/21/2006 4:33:11 PM PDT by MikeA (Not voting out of anger in November is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House)
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To: freedom44

"He is an everyday thug..."



No, Nancy... Your "everyday" thug does not have 78 billion barrels of oil.


34 posted on 09/21/2006 4:34:14 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: freedom44
"calling the U.S. president "a sick man" who is unqualified for the job."

I believe the psychological term for this is: "projection".

35 posted on 09/21/2006 4:34:15 PM PDT by the anti-liberal (OUR schools are damaging OUR children)
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To: freedom44

I want to know where the GOP Outrage is????


36 posted on 09/21/2006 4:34:25 PM PDT by Danae (Anál nathrach, orth' bháis's bethad, do chél dénmha)
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To: MikeA

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.


37 posted on 09/21/2006 4:34:34 PM PDT by MPJackal ("If you are not with us, you are against us.")
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To: MPJackal

I doubt you're a broken clock or right only twice a day...you gave some food for thought.


38 posted on 09/21/2006 4:35:59 PM PDT by MikeA (Not voting out of anger in November is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House)
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To: freedom44
Yeah, that's THEIR job!

There are union rules, you know.

39 posted on 09/21/2006 4:36:19 PM PDT by SmithL (Where are we going? . . . . And why are we in this handbasket????)
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To: freedom44
Believe you me....this is NOT a case of scolding Chavez because ..."Bush is OUR 'crazy uncle'..." in the Dems' eyes.

They know that Chavez' screed could turn out to have the same effect as OBL's pre-election warning to Americans back in 2004...and they want to distance themselves from it.

Fact is Pelosi has called President Bush 'deranged' and a liar too.

40 posted on 09/21/2006 4:37:04 PM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: freedom44
"You don't come into my country; you don't come into my congressional district and you don't condemn my president,"

He did say all this, but after he complimented and thanked Ghavez for being a photo op socialist and giving free gas to a few of Rangel's constituents. And, he started his request with "Please, Mr Chavez..."

These phonies have never been as civil to their own President as they have been to Mr Citgo and Imanutjob.

41 posted on 09/21/2006 4:37:13 PM PDT by NewLand (Always Remember September 11, 2001)
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To: freedom44

Clearly this was CYA move on the part of the Democrats. With the election just weeks away you can bet they are polling continuously on every relevant political development. They wanted to put as much distance between themselves and Chavez as possible. This from the same Charlie Rangel who gave Castro a bear-hug during Castro's 1995 visit to Harlem as well as joining in for a long standing ovation for the Cuban dictator. As for Pelosi, she blows with the political winds. After first distancing herself from Jack Murtha's cut and run plan for IRAQ, Pelosi became the first Democrat to endorse Murtha's call for withdrawal. She made her statements to provide herself cover for her earlier questioning of President Bush's sanity.


42 posted on 09/21/2006 4:38:28 PM PDT by quinhon6869
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To: NewLand


Exactly --- it was AFTERWARD.


43 posted on 09/21/2006 4:39:11 PM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- IF only 10% are radical, that's still 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: freedom44
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, was blunt in her criticism of the Venezuelan leader. "He is an everyday thug,"

She looked like a bug-eyed robot when she said that. That whole cockeyed line was scripted.

44 posted on 09/21/2006 4:42:02 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: freedom44

What possible difference does it make what Chevez says about President Bush. It just doesn't matter.


45 posted on 09/21/2006 4:42:09 PM PDT by R.W.Ratikal
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To: freedom44
Hugo's been ranting for years about how we want to go to war with him (over what, I'm not sure), and the fact that we keep ignoring him like a child has him looking stupid.

This may be his strategy for getting us to hate him enough to advocate a violent response, thus redeeming himself.

It's always best not to feed the troll by not biting the bait - and I believe that's what his rhetoric is.

46 posted on 09/21/2006 4:42:17 PM PDT by the anti-liberal (OUR schools are damaging OUR children)
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To: Lucky9teen

LOL! That is so funny and so true.


47 posted on 09/21/2006 4:42:46 PM PDT by fishergirl (Choose your vices carefully, then be loyal to them.)
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To: Paul Heinzman

We could get nuked and five days later these folks would be right back to socialism and appeasement. There is no reason to believe they would come together with us - they have been deliberately doing exactly the opposite as a matter of policy for far too long.


48 posted on 09/21/2006 4:42:50 PM PDT by thoughtomator (Islam delenda est)
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To: Danae
I want to know where the GOP Outrage is????

Where it should be. Sidelined. Chavez is their problem, not the GOP's.

49 posted on 09/21/2006 4:43:29 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: freedom44

They're worried about the comparisons that "WILL" be made between him and them.


50 posted on 09/21/2006 4:44:50 PM PDT by CWOJackson
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