Charles Rangel, the scandal-scarred Democrat who has become a symbol of an unwillingness of Democratic leaders of Congress to police their own, said over the weekend that President Barack Obama is acting more and more like Dick Cheney because of his commitment to the Iraq war and big oil.
“I challenge anyone to tell me we aren’t there (Iraq) because of the oil,” Rangel told supporters as he kicked off his re-election bid for a 21st term in Congress. Rangel said Obama is not being honest with Congress or the American people about the war.
“The lack of an honest explanation is consistent with Bush and Cheney,” Rangel told New York Daily News reporter Kathleen Lucadamo. “We are trying to buy our friends there. Stuff like that makes Cheney look good.”
Rangel joins a growing list of Democrats who are fed up with Obama’s lack of action in the Gulf Oil spill and his backtracking on campaign promises to undo abuses of the Bush-Cheney years in Washington.
The 80-year-old New York Democrat lost his chairmanship of the powerful House Ways & Means Committee because of lavish corporate-paid junkets and is facing a serious challenge for his Congressional seat for the first time in 16 years.