An ex-New York mayor flipped off a protester today at Charlie Rangel's birthday party. Alas, it wasn't Giuliani. It was David Dinkins. Remember him?

Here's what happened per the Times:

About 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, as guests began strolling into the Plaza Hotel to celebrate Representative Charles B. Rangel's 80th birthday, former Mayor David N. Dinkins turned to confront a heckler.

"You know you are attending a party for a crook," the man yelled.

At that, Mr. Dinkins, a paragon of statesmanship and dignity, raised his middle finger at the man, displaying it for all to see, witnesses said.

Awesome. Now maybe Bloomberg can do that to those Ground Zero mosque protesters.

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