Given Dan "A Gaffe A Day" Seals' recent woes over the Tammy Duckworth van-gate issue (and the memories that dredged up of Seals' other media fiasco, his inept gas-for-votes stunt), he really doesn't need any 'guilt by association' problems. But, Seals has shown no desire to distance himself in any respect from New York Congressman Charlie Rangel, who has now been in the news for weeks over a variety of tax scandals and housing issues. You are known by the company you keep, Mr. Seals. And you, sir, have so far taken in over $50,000 from the out-of-state Mr. Rangel (making Rangel your biggest donor to date) and shown no inclination to return this tainted money. It's so bad, even other Dems are beginning to abandon Rangel and return his contributions, but not Seals, despite challenges by this space and others to do so.
The latest scandal concerning is that loose-mouth Rangel on Friday called Alaska Governor Sarah Palin "disabled," in reference to her foreign policy experience. Rangel not only used the word "disabled," he confirmed that was exactly what he meant, after the news reporter (who was understandably incredulous) asked him to confirm it.
Check it out:
In a CBS 2 HD exclusive interview, Rep. Rangel called Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin "disabled." The question was simple: Why are the Democrats so afraid of Palin and her popularity? The answer was astonishing.
"You got to be kind to the disabled," Rangel said.
That's right. The chairman of the powerful House Ways & Means Committee called Palin disabled -- even when CBS 2 HD called him on it.
CBS 2 HD: "You got to be kind to the disabled?"
CBS 2 HD: "She's disabled?"
Rangel: "There's no question about it politically. It's a nightmare to think that a person's foreign policy is based on their ability to look at Russia from where they live."
Wow. That's bad, even for Rangel. Although at least he didn't use the word "retarded."
Rangel finally realized his serious mistake after the interview (no doubt after a staffer explained to him what he'd done) and tried to say that he used the wrong word. But, the damage was done, and if you look at the transcript of the interview, there is no doubt he meant what he said at the time. It's especially stupid considering that Palin is the mother of a child with Down Syndrome.
Keep going, Charlie. You are doing Mark Kirk a great favor by staying in the news headlines, and Dan Seals is playing right along by taking Rangel's money. Seals is hoping the voters of the 10th District will ignore the crap that keeps coming out of Rangel's mouth and not make the Seals-Rangel connection.
We're not going to let that happen.