Well, Charlie Rangel does something here, although it’s hard to say exactly what.
It was widely reported on Wednesday that Rangel was among the dozen-odd Democrats who, along with Independent (socialist) Bernie Sanders of Vermont, are planning to boycott Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on 3 March.
According to CNN, Rangel prefers that you not call it a boycott.
“Even though I don’t plan to attend, I would hate to be included among those people who are boycotting this,” the 23-term congressman told CNN, explaining that he was concerned that being included in a “boycotters” list suggests he has negative feelings about Netanyahu himself or the Jewish people in general. Rangel said he was a a friend of Israel. “I’m not boycotting. It’s about respecting my President on foreign policy.”
Which makes the tone of his tweet from Wednesday morning all the more…peculiar.
Bibi: If you have a problem with our POTUS’s foreign policy meet me at AIPAC but not on the House floor. pic.twitter.com/HN7eLaIbg1
— Charles Rangel (@cbrangel) February 11, 2015
This invitation to meet Rangel certainly doesn’t come off like, oh, I don’t know, a “meet me in St. Louis” type deal, or “meet me on Valentine’s Day at the top of the Empire State Building.”
Going by the disapproving stance and obelisk stare, you get the definite impression Rangel has something less friendly in mind for that meet at AIPAC. Robert Laurie at Herman Cain’s website muses:
So he’s sending “Bibi” weird tweets which seem to suggest he’d like some sort of Rangel/Netanyahu cage match to take place.
Be careful, and try not to be distracted by Rangel’s jade hypno-ring as you check out the fury behind that stare! Don’t look directly at it, lest you succumb to its terrifying mind-control powers!
Maybe Rangel is challenging Bibi to a Jets-and-Sharks confrontation, where they will decide who’s boss by competing in the fields of singing and modern dance. Of course, there’s also trying to get your mind around that “23-term congressman” business…