The kerkuffle over Rangel calling Palin "disabled" is really a little stupid.
Interviewed by Marcia Kramer of WCBS-NY, Rangel said "You got to be kind to the disabled" and followed up with "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."
Clearly Rangel was saying there is something wrong with Palin for saying proximity to a foreign country makes you an expert on foreign policy.
That didn't stop King from jumping all over the statement when Kramer raced to his Massapequa Park to show it to him "We should be sensitive to her or any woman who has a child or family member who has any affliction at all. And so to use the word disabled in the context of a female candidate for vice president who has a child who is disabled really is wrong. Charlie owes her and the entire disabled community and apology."
No Peter, the CONTEXT was Palin making a ridiculous claim. It has nothing to do with her child.
Maybe Rangel needed to be a little more politically correct (he didn't call Palin retarded which is good) but his point is vaild.
Maybe he should have called Palin a dumb-ass. But that would have brought the ire of King too since he belongs to a political party full of dumb-asses and he suffers from that affliction himself.
Rangel shot back at King and his detractors "Governor Palin is an obviously healthy person who in no way fits the description of disabled. I meant to say then, and I am saying now, that she entered the campaign with a disadvantage in the area of foreign policy."
"Any inference that my words were in any connected to her son, Trig, who was born with Down syndrome, is a real stretch -- and, I would have to think -- a way to make political points out of my poor choice of words."
Of course King is the very last person to demand apologies. King has no problem verbally attacking people.
Kinda like when he attacked opponents of privitization of social security. He said of a Rabbi, a Quaker and a leader of The Long Island Council of Churches "I base my decision on facts, reason and informed social conscious and not left-wing pseudo-theology."
Is the Quaker belief a "left-wing pseudo-theology?"
King never apologized for that.
And let's not forget Kings assault on The Islamic Center of Long Island and saying there are too many mosques in this country.
The long and short of it is that King is full of fake outrage and what Rangel said was not politically correct.
Palin is a dumb-ass for her silly resume padding. That can't be argued.