Well deserved? You be the judge.
Representative Charlie Rangel, the long serving Democratic representative from New York City was being interviewed on NY1, one of the NYC's local all-news channels. Asked about his opinion on NY State comptroller Alan Hevesi's recent comment: "Chuck Schumer is smart and brave and capable of putting a bullet between the president's eyes."
Rangel pooh-poohed the comment so much that even the NY1 interviewer asked "Are you giving Hevesi pass because he's a Democrat?" [NY1 is notably left-leaning.]
Rangel responded: [close paraphrase]
"George Bush might be the worst president in our history...and Alan really didn't mean it - he said it with a smile on his face."
Oh. So that excuses it.
This exchange then followed:
NY1: So what if Rudy Giuliani said this about a Democrat
Rangel: It would be very different because Rudy is incredibly mean-spirited and would have put a lot of thought into that...
SCUM about covers it.