Maybe the strain of voting for the worst legislation since Smoot-Hawley is getting to poor “Representative” Bob Etheridge of North Carolina’s second district. Could it be guilt and fear of the voters’ wrath that causes him to physically assault student journalists who had the insolence to ask him questions? Tito, roll tape:
Big Government explains:
Last week, Democrat Congressman Bob Etheridge (D-NC2) attended a fundraiser headlined by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He was asked by some students on the street whether he supported the “Obama Agenda.” He didn’t take it well.
Expect more of this. The hard, progressive left captured the Democrat majority in Congress and forced them to enact a fantasy grab-bag of legislation that is increasingly unpopular with the American public. We’re on the cusp of a deeper recession, millions of unemployed Americans have no prospect for work, taxes are about to spike higher and we’ve maxed out the national credit card. The Democrats were given a chance to run government and they’ve only succeeded in running it into the ground.
So, yeah, Democrats who are up for reelection this November are a bit testy.
Let’s recap what we saw on this video. A sitting Congressman–a presumed living extension of James Madison and other founding fathers–was asked on a public street whether he supported the President’s agenda. His response was to hit away a video camera and assault a student. The age of Pericles this ain’t.
No, it isn’t. Looks like Congressman Etheridge needs a time out. You can help him get one by contributing to his opponent.
LINKS: Further thoughts from Roger Kimball.
UPDATE: Etheridge apologizes:
“I have seen the video posted on several blogs. I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction and I apologize to all involved. Throughout my many years of service to the people of North Carolina, I have always tried to treat people from all viewpoints with respect. No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response. I have and I will always work to promote a civil public discourse.”
Fine, but the residents of his district should still fire him.
LINK: More at Pajamas Media.