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The lesson of Bob Etheridge

North Carolina Rep. Bob Etheridge's confrontation with someone -- the identity and affiliation of the questioner has yet to be determined -- on a sidewalk in Washington should serve as a reminder to all politicians: anything you say (or do) can be used against you.

In the past five years (or so) technology regarding video (and audio) has advanced exponentially -- from the flip cams that are ubiquitous (including in the Etheridge incident) to the ability to quickly post clips to the Internet -- and, in so doing, has changed the calculus for politicians.

For Etheridge, who hasn't had a real race in more than a decade -- and almost certainly won't have one this November either -- the idea that this dust-up could become national news was probably unimaginable.

But, once Andrew Breitbart posted the link to his BigGovernment.com site this morning, a national news story quickly developed as Republicans worked to publicize the incident.

"Bob Etheridge has lost it," said National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Jon Thompson. "His conduct is unbecoming of a member of Congress."

Democrats sought to rally behind Etheridge, casting the interview -- and Breitbart's involvement in publicizing it -- as a "partisan hit job", according to talking points obtained by Politico's Ben Smith.

Amid the partisan bickering, Etheridge quickly bowed to political reality -- issuing an apology for the incident; "I have seen the video posted on several blogs," he said. "I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction, and I apologize to all involved."

(The simple political fact is that as a Member of Congress, you can't grab people on the street -- no matter the context.)

While the Etheridge incident drew considerable attention, it was far from the first example of politicians struggling to adjust to a world in which there every utterance is being taped and quickly posted to the web.

Among the greatest hits of this "Truman Show" trend in politics: George Allen's "macaca" moment (the granddaddy of them all), Barack Obama's "cling to their guns", Carly Fiorina's commentary about Barbara Boxer's haircut, Conrad Burns and the "nice little Guatemalan man" Jim Bunning on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Joe Biden and the "BFD". (What ones did we miss?)

Time and time again, politicians, who should know better, seem to commit gaffes based on a belief that what they are saying will never get broadcast to the wider world. The Etheridge controversy is more evidence that such an idea is entirely antiquated.

When a politician opens his or her mouth is this age of journalism -- and activism -- they must assume that anything they say will be made public at some point. Any other approach borders on political folly.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 14, 2010; 2:58 PM ET
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Okay, Chris, so let me get this straight, George Allen calling a Democrat political operative a "macaca" is much MUCH worse than your pal North Carolina Bob physically assaulting a kid half his size.

Man, what else could you expect from a low-rent version of the Daily Kos?

Posted by: jiji1 | June 16, 2010 5:01 AM | Report abuse

Okay, Chris, so let me get this straight, George Allen calling a Democrat political operative a "macaca" is much MUCH worse than your pal North Carolina Bob physically assaulting a kid half his size.

Man, what else could you expect from a low-rent version of the Daily Kos?

Posted by: jiji1 | June 16, 2010 4:57 AM | Report abuse

Congressmen have become used to acting criminally or unethically and getting away with it. And if the offenders are Democrats, the Washington Post will spike the stories until they can no longer be ignored, then minimize the Democrat misconduct in print.

The video makes it clear the Congressman assaulted a young man. If there is any justice, this Congressman will be charged.

Chris Cillizza's sage advice to politicians boils down to "Beware of cameras and microphones".

My advice to politicians would be "Don't be criminals in the first place."

Posted by: mike98 | June 16, 2010 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Bottom line the congressman committed a crime!

Posted by: onemoreword | June 15, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

It is not what Bob Etheridge said that is the problem. Bob Etheridge is no better than a street thug when he grabbed that kids arm and then his neck. Who in the world does he think he is? That kid asked a simple question. He did nothing wrong to ask a question any citizen could ask. Bob Etheridge has forgotten who he works for. This was an assault by a Congressman on a kid and it had nothing to do with anything he said. Bob Etheridge should be arrested.

Posted by: greatgran1 | June 15, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

So it's news to the Post that "anything you say (or do) can be used against you"?

Wow, if you guys were any farther behind the new media, you'd still be printing with a Gutenberg.

But seriously, folks ... Hollywood celebrities and sports stars face this kind of pressure every day. Do you really think it's necessary to remind D.C. politicians that they're public figures, too, and that it's no longer permissible for Congressmen to grab average citizens around the neck when they ask tough questions in public settings?

P.S. Regarding your statement that "the identity and affiliation of the questioner has [sic] yet to be determined" -- that's as ludicrous as saying, "Before I decide whether or not the Rodney King incident was an example of police brutality, I need to know who filmed it, what the person's motivation was, and whether he belonged to any radical political organization."

Posted by: UponFurtherReview | June 15, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

All this blather about who it is, the Congressman says he has a right to know, the motive is important, is all totally irrelevant.
What I saw, assuming the editing didn't hide something, is assault. Plain and simple. That's a felony. Charges should be filed, just like they would be against anyone else.

Posted by: wpcharowhas | June 15, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Marie - what are you on about? Palin wasn't elected - but an inexperienced legislator/litigator with no leadership/executive experience was - and the result is that offers of help from international points were ignored while the shores the Feds are to defend and protect are destroyed. Palin wasn't elected. Obama and Biden were......deal with the present.

How typically liberal to defend the bad behavior of one of your own by deflecting guilt onto the abused party. The simple truth is that regardless of who held that camera, the Representative is a public employee beholden and accountable to the public who pays his salary; that Representative had a choice....walk away, respond with a "no comment"...instead, he chose to assault the American asking him to justify his position. Your liberal deflection changes nothing.

It is more proof of the liberal hypocrisy - two videos give complete perspective on what occurred and excuses made.....yet, not one audio or video exists of the so called spitting and racial hate speech of the protesters who stood outside as the (deliberate) march to sign the unpopular health care reform bill to give evidence to the Democrat's account.....

Posted by: LMW6 | June 15, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow, marie. If you're THAT angry now, I just can't wait to see you after election day in November :)

Posted by: rvastar | June 15, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

We are talking about whether someone was RESPONSIBLE with their vote or not.

That is the question.

And - when half the country is saying "EXPERIENCE MATTERS"

AND "QUALIFICATIONS ARE IMPORTANT"

And you have millions of people IGNORING THAT SIMPLE LOGIC.


and millions of people PURPOSING IGNORING EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS -

An instead voting for someone WHO WAS CLEARLY INEXPERIENCED - AND UNQUALIFIED

BECAUSE SHE WAS WHITE and PALIN WAS A MILF AND THAT IS ENOUGH FOR US

AND YES - IT IS ABOUT TIME THAT THE REPUBLICANS WERE HONEST THEY VOTED FOR PALIN BECAUSE SHE WAS A MILF. A VERY HOT MILF

If a white man had the SAME INEXPERIENCE, THE SAME LACK OF QUALIFICATIONS - HOW far in the Presidential race would he have gone ???? LOOK AT MCCAIN HE IS STRUGGLING WITHOUT A MILF IN AZ

Yet - if people vote for someone WHO IS CLEARLY INEXPERIENCED AND UNQUALIFIED...BUT HOT AT LEAST THEY GOT THAT....HOT!!!!


AND IF THAT PERSON MESSES UP - SAFETY INSPECTIONS ARE NOT DONE PROPERLY - AND AN OIL RIG BLOWS UP.... at least THEY ARE STILL HOT AND THE MEN OF THE GULF WOULD LIKE A VISIT. no?


11 People are dead, hundreds of birds are dying - thousands of fishermen are out of work. WE CAN AT LEAST HUM DRILL BABY DRILL IN A RESPECTFUL WAY ALMOST LIKE AMAZING GRACE SINCE IT IS THE SOUTH AND WE ARE SENSITIVE TO THAT AND ALL


An entire ecosytem could be destroyed. DRILL BABY DRILL HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT -- PALIN SAID IT AND SAID AND SAID AND i THINK THE PEOPLE IN NEW ORLEANS WOULD GO OUT AND DRILL WITH PALIN IF THEY HAD THE CHANCE BUT THE SOCIALIST COMMIE nAZI GOVERNMENT WON'T GIVE THEM THAT CHANCE TO DRILL BABY DRILL RIGHT NOW!


THINK OF THE JOB SHE WOULD HAVE DONE WITH THOSE GLASSES, A TIGHT RED SKIRT AND A FEW SNARKY LINES THOSE MEN WOULD HAVE BEEN SAFE IN THEIR DRILLING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


DRILL BABY DRILL -WHY NOT THE OIL IS GOD'S OIL AND HE GAVE IT TO AMERICA FOR HER SUVS


BUT if THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS STILL WERE NOT BEING DONE PROPERLY BUT SHE WAS STILL HOT - THAT LUCKY TODD i WISH i WAS HER TODD FOR A NIGHT AND ONE MORNING IN WASILLA.


iS IT TOO MUCH TO ASK THE PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T GIVE PALIN THE JOB TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE JOB SHE COULD HAVE DONE ?????

OK THE PLATFORM COULD HAVE BLOWN UP ANYWAY BUT WHO IS HOTTER OR WHITER PALIN OR OBAMA ----?????

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 15, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

funny how the left is foaming at the mouth over this. a story about somehting someone on the left doing something wrong actually made the national news and all you can do is claim it is a conspiracy or turn it into a personal attack. what that congressman did was unacceptable for a man in his postion. did you ever hear of walking away? there are classier and better ways of dealing with the situation. He was wrong, deal with it. If that was a liberal gong after a republican you would be singing a different tune.

Posted by: mmartin3 | June 15, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

To Rep. Bob Etheridge Resign or be Prosecuted, those are our terms!

Public Service Announcement to all Congressmen and Women / along with current renter @1600 We the People have our eyes and ears open, we are watching you. we are using your laws to remove you from office. You can run but you can't hide. All of the cameras of the world, including your own you have placed to watch us, are now watching you. The evidence will be used against you :D

The United States of America, Home of the Free and Brave Citizens...

Sorry you felon-is crooks in DC, but the statue of the citizens court has proclaimed that all crooks must go.

Posted by: CitizenPol-ice | June 15, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

This is a clear case of assault of a minor.

Posted by: MsMrPs | June 15, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

"How dare he not identify himself to the Congressman? "

if I were paid and sent out by the state
GOP to perform their dirty tricks I certainly would not choose to reveal my identity just like the folks who obviously bankrolled Senate candidate Greene to the tune of $10,400. Does
anyone for a minute believe that Donald Segretti proudly proclaimed that he was sent out on behalf of Richard Nixon or that the New
Hampshire GOP went on local television to take credit for their telephone jamming scheme.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 15, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

It is now obvious that Rs and TeaPartiers
once claiming they support strict construction
of the US Constitution have absolutely no
respect for it and are prepared once again
to shred it where ever its stands in their way:

"A proposed Arizona law would deny birth certificates to children born in the United States to illegal immigrant parents.

The bill comes on the heels of Arizona passing the nation's toughest immigration law.

"Under federal law, children born in the United States are automatically granted citizenship, regardless of their parents' residency status.

"Unlike (Senate Bill) 1070, it is clear this bill runs immediately afoul of the U.S. Constitution," she said".

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 15, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

We are talking about whether someone was RESPONSIBLE with their vote or not.


That is the question.


And - when half the country is saying "EXPERIENCE MATTERS"


AND "QUALIFICATIONS ARE IMPORTANT"


And you have millions of people IGNORING THAT SIMPLE LOGIC.


and millions of people PURPOSING IGNORING EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS -


An instead voting for someone WHO WAS CLEARLY INEXPERIENCED - AND UNQUALIFIED


BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK -


AND YES - IT IS ABOUT TIME THAT THE DEMOCRATS WERE HONEST THEY VOTED FOR OBAMA BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK.


If a white man had the SAME INEXPERIENCE, THE SAME LACK OF QUALIFICATIONS - HOW far in the Presidential race would he have gone ????


Yet - if people vote for someone WHO IS CLEARLY INEXPERIENCED AND UNQUALIFIED...


AND IF THAT PERSON MESSES UP - SAFETY INSPECTIONS ARE NOT DONE PROPERLY - AND AN OIL RIG BLOWS UP.


THE PEOPLE WHO PUT THE INCOMPETENT PERSON IN THE JOB ARE JUST AS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BAD JOB AS THE INCOMPETENT PERSON.


Is it asking too much that you take personal responsibility for giving someone a job - a job that they clearly can not handle.


11 People are dead, hundreds of birds are dying - thousands of fishermen are out of work.


An entire ecosytem could be destroyed.


Is it too much to ask THE PEOPLE WHO PUT THE INCOMPETENT PERSON IN OFFICE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE BAD JOB PERFORMANCE ???


MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLEANED UP.


OBAMA SAID HE WOULD DO IT LAST YEAR - 2009


THIS YEAR OBAMA SAID THERE WAS A YEAR-LONG REVIEW - EVERYTHING IS OK - LET'S EXPAND OFFSHORE DRILLING


BUT THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS STILL WERE NOT BEING DONE PROPERLY


THE OIL RIG BLEW UP - 11 PEOPLE DIED.


IS IT TOO MUCH TO ASK THE PEOPLE WHO GAVE THIS GUY THE JOB TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE JOB HE HAS DONE ?????


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.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 2:36 AM | Report abuse

12BarBlues


Is it asking too much to ask for a higher standard from our elected officials???


That when the elected officials are caught, that they resign ???


And we bring in someone new - someone who KNOWS THEY HAVE TO ADHERE TO HIGHER STANDARDS.


If we did that all the time - then ALL THE NEW PEOPLE WOULD BE STRIVING TO HOLD TO THE HIGHER STANDARDS.


Don't you think this country deserves better ?


We have Congressman hitting people on the street.


We have Congressman who write tax polices - not paying all their taxes - like Rangel.


We have Congressmen with cash in their freezer.


The country deserves much better than this.

The country deserves a process in which we clear out the bad guys - and get good ones in.


Too many bad guys are staying in.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 2:12 AM | Report abuse

Look at all the republican dogs foaming at the mouth,over nothing. Sure Etheridge made an ass of himself,...
Posted by: davidwg46


These students should sue in Judge Judy's Court so the people can see her explain to BoB , that it is illegal to assault people in the USA.
Charges should be filed against BoB by any 1/2 decent cop who sees the video/
They have enough to convict him.

Posted by: dottydo | June 15, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Posted by Drindl,
'If someone ( who continually refuses to identify himself ) walks up to me and sticks a camera phone, video recorder or other recording devise in my face I'd do the same thing, maybe more like putting it where the sun don't shine.
This event should also go to prove that firearms of any type have no place in DC, if you think your taxes are high now just add 24 hr protection for everyone in the executive, legislative and judical branches just to be able to walk the street.
Posted by: jmfromdc | "

exactly.

I think both you and jmfromdc need anger management classes. I did not know that someone pointing a camera at someone else is grounds for putting it where the sun does not shine. I hope your ethics are not taught in the public schools. Please an adult would walk past, but an ill temper hot head grabs someone.

Posted by: sliowa1 | June 15, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Those darned cameras! (College) Children should be seen and not heard! How dare he not identify himself to the Congressman?

Posted by: Publ1us | June 14, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Look at all the republican dogs foaming at the mouth,over nothing. Sure Etheridge made an ass of himself, but I'll take that anyday over 8 years of Bush, Cheney and Rove sneering in contempt at the American people, all the while dismantling the apparatus in place to keep the private sector in check, causing the financial meltdown on Wall Street which mostly affects the poor shmucks that want to put them right back in office to get reamed again. Idiots!

Posted by: davidwg46 | June 14, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

"Etheridge, who hasn't had a real race in more than a decade -- and almost certainly won't have one this November either"

Nice job, Cillizza, at trying to sweep this under the rug for Etheridge. Here's a news flash for you: EVERY incumbent's seat is up for play this November, especially if there's a D after the name. And this video will certainly make Etheridge's re-election a lot harder this year.

Posted by: biancaneve | June 14, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues


A victory lap is not what I would call it.


Is it asking too much to ask for a higher standard from our elected officials???


That when the elected officials are caught, that they resign ???


And we bring in someone new - someone who KNOWS THEY HAVE TO ADHERE TO HIGHER STANDARDS.

A democratic Congressmen hitting someone on the street, at the mere mention of Obama's name ??


That guy Bob Etheridge should resign.


If Obama doesn't want to do what he promised in 2008 - being bipartisan and post-racial - HE SHOULD RESIGN.


The entire country should be demanding more from our elected officials.


The democrats STILL HAVE CHARLIE RANGEL IN OFFICE - HE SHOULD BE IN JAIL.

This is ridiculous.

You call it a victory lap?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure why the Maddow's and Olbermann's, DC Left types have a problem with people following members of Congress with video cameras.

When the shoe was on the other foot in 2006, and the Left posted a Youtude video of Sen. George Allen, you never heard any anger of this tactic.

Heck, Allen never physically assaulted anyone who was stalking him.

Posted by: johnnyapplewhite123 | June 14, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Politics aside...this congressman was WAY out of line and maybe guilty of assault! Those kids were not blocking his path and didn't even ask an inappropriate question. Unbelievable!

How stupid are the Democrats saying this is a "partisan hit job". So... I guess... asking any congressmen if they support the Presidents agenda is over the top??

Posted by: art202 | June 14, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

I don't care if he's related to your favorite diety. By blood. Get him out. Today.

Posted by: coogene | June 14, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

This DemocRat was at least, into the SAUCE!

He was just at Pelosi Party!!!!!

Posted by: theaz | June 14, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

THIS INCIDENT IS AMAZING.

All the two kids did was ask a DEMOCRATIC Congressman if he fully supported the Obama agenda.

So - at the very question of the OBAMA AGENDA - the DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN COMPLETELY LOSES IT AND GOES VIOLENT.


AT THE VERY MENTION OF OBAMA'S AGENDA - THE CONGRESSMAN GOES VIOLENT.

DEMOCRATS GOING VIOLENT CHALK THAT UP WITH ALL THE INNER CITY VIOLENCE . ALL THE INNER CITY SHOOTINGS.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

This issue shows how worthless the democrats are

If the democrats can not be trusted to call for the resignation of this Congressman - caught on tape attacking someone - then the JUDGEMENT OF THE DEMOCRATS CAN NOT BE TRUSTED.

These are the same democrats who have put themselves out to the nation as most capable to MAKE LAWS.

The democrats - with this incident - and with Obama's conduct - HAVE COMPLETELY DESTROYED ALL THEIR CREDIBILITY.

The Republicans have been basically watching the democrats IMPLODE.

Go ahead, defend your elected official - democrats who are worthless.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Can't believe some ppl are defending this jerk of a congressman!!!

Posted by: houston123 | June 14, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

ON this one, the democrats really should be criticizing the Congressman.


He is a democrat.

If the Congressman had been a Republican, the democrats would be screaming.

If the Oil Spill had been under Bush, the democrats would be screaming


The democrats HAVE DESTROYED ALL THEIR CREDIBILITY - THEY ARE A BUNCH OF LIARS - WHO CAN NEVER, EVER BE COUNTED ON TO BE EVEN-HANDED.


Just a bunch of worthless partisans.

The democrats are not to be trusted.

The democrats are not fit to govern.

The DEMOCRATS AND OBAMA HAVE ALREADY DONE A GREAT DEAL OF DAMAGE TO THIS COUNTRY.

THEY NEED TO GET OUT OF GOVERNMENT.

FOREVER.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Everyone attacking the questioners and defending the congressman, I've said it elsewhere and I'll say it again here: if the d-bag congressman had an "R" after his name and the smart-ass questioner had been Michael Moore, you'd not only reverse your position (support the questioner and attack, or at least laugh at, the congressman), you'd line up and buy a ticket to watch the film.

Probably give Moore an award and praise his bravery, too.

Hypocrites.

Posted by: dcpost1 | June 14, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

See - you should be really disturbed byt the Fraud of Obama.


Instead, you don't care -


This proves the democrats are unfit to govern.


It also proves that the election of 2000 and the Iraqi War has gone to the democrats' heads -


Nothing justifies bad behavior - even if you think someone else did something wrong - that does not JUSTIFY YOU OR YOUR PARTY DOING SOMETHING WRONG.


Pretty simple.


This is a CHARACTER FLAW OF THE DEMOCRATS.

One of many.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

See - you should be really disturbed byt the Fraud of Obama.


Instead, you don't care -


This proves the democrats are unfit to govern.


It also proves that the election of 2000 and the Iraqi War has gone to the democrats' heads -


Nothing justifies bad behavior - even if you think someone else did something wrong - that does not JUSTIFY YOU OR YOUR PARTY DOING SOMETHING WRONG.


Pretty simple.


This is a CHARACTER FLAW OF THE DEMOCRATS.

One of many.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

CONGRESSMAN ISSUES APOLOGY:

I want to apologize for my behavior that was videotaped yesterday. I reall DO WANT to apologize.
And I want everybody to know that if I hadn't BEEN videotaped, I wouldn't have behaved THAT way. But I was and I did and while I hope no one was offended, although these days offending someone really isn't under our control, I still WANT to apologize and at some point I will apologize, but if I can squeeze another few minutes of time out of this maybe someone who hates the media will send me money and others who don't now hate the media will START and they'll send money and then, I'll have another term to consider my actions, which I understand might have offended someone blah, blah, blah....

Posted by: bgreen2224 | June 14, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I think the Congressman is more aroused than irritated. At 0:51 in the YouTube video he appears to give him a kiss on the head.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v60oNUoHBYM&

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | June 14, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

How do I send video that is different than the one Breitbart TV is showing,different that the one you are showing? Maybe you could post all three videos to show the whole truth.

Posted by: now3310 | June 14, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

How do I send video that is different than the one Breitbart TV is showing,different that the one you are showing? Maybe you could post all three videos to show the whole truth.

Posted by: now3310 | June 14, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

How do I send video that is different than the one Breitbart TV is showing,different that the one you are showing? Maybe you could post all three videos to show the whole truth.

Posted by: now3310 | June 14, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

How do I send video that is different than the one Breitbart TV is showing,different that the one you are showing? Maybe you could post all three videos to show the whole truth.

Posted by: now3310 | June 14, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

How do I send video that is different than the one Breitbart TV is showing,different that the one you are showing? Maybe you could post all three videos to show the whole truth.

Posted by: now3310 | June 14, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

snooze...

Nightfall. Tomorrow morning, this story will enter the past. Bob Who? Did what?

Along with what-his-name Romanov and Sestak, who did what, again? The details are fuzzy...

Come on folks, this only passes as news because there is nothing more titillating.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 14, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I checked the Breibart TV news post(out of North Carolina). The video this TV source posts states the video is un edited. It is obvious the Breibart TV that claims un edited is incorrect and I'm sure if someone would take the time to look at Breibart TV, your video and my video I saved you'd see Breitbart TV is biased. Stating on their site they didn't know for sure when this occurred, maybe a few days ago looks as if Breitbart TV is downplaying the altercation. Could it be because they are in North Carolina. Please send email address to me so I may send the atached video.

Posted by: now3310 | June 14, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Good job Bob.

As a North Carolinian, I'm glad you didn't give in to this obvious setup.

I'd slapped the jerk.

You don't ambush a member of Congress, either party, and post it online to create a scandal.

When are we gonna stop treating politics like sports.

Get a life people.

Posted by: ecojs | June 14, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

L1: Agreed. This sounds like an O'Keefe special. Any chance Bob'll give 'em another fist sandwich if they get hungry for one again? :)

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 14, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

37th since you post every 2 minutes that a
D must resign curious if you were actually there in D.C. today and witnessed the entire event since you know precisely the sequence of events.

Also we would also like to know where an
unemployed, almost illiterate man, struggling
to pay his rent mysteriously came up
with a blank check in the amount of $10,400.

when you answer those 2 simple question we
will then take your garbage seriously.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 14, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Violence Total


Tea Party 0


Democratic Congressman 1


Bob Etheridge should be forced to resign immediately.


Where is Nancy's promise to clean up the House ?

ALL THE DEMOCRATIC PROMISES OF 2006 AND 2008 HAVE TURNED OUT TO BE LIES.

The democratic party is a real joke.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Amazing to watch kool-aid drinkers attempt to spin this. Etheridge was "accosted"??!! Good Lord.

Watch Etheridge grit his teeth in seething anger as he slaps at the camera in disbelief that a citizen would DARE ask him a question and videotape his response. Also notice how easily he swipes the kid's video device. As a Democrat in Congress, he's gotten very good at taking what belongs to others. He's a scum bag.

Posted by: stonewallbook | June 14, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Dan Rather who thought he would get away with fabricating a news story just before an election.

You journalists are accountable to the public as well.

Posted by: soma_king | June 14, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I frankly see nothing wrong in the congressman's reaction to being accosted in the street by unknown person whose objectives were unknown. He used reasonable force to defend himself from the potential threat posed by these assailants.

Posted by: sage5 | June 14, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

"Etheridge's defenders should ask themselves how they would react to this sort of conduct were he a Republican"

I would be totally p.o. but would want to know the entire story, like who was this punk kid,
was he paid for his actions like Greene,and did James O'Keefe or the N Carolina GOP have anything to do with this incident. If it was unprovoked that is a completely different story that N Carolina voters should know about before voting in Nov. Since none of us were there we might just want to wait before yelling that he must go jail(for charges never filed)and obtain the entire story.

Again if this kid's hands are clean then why
wasn't he in the D.C. D.A.'s office today filing class C Assault charges?

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 14, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Monica, Edwards, and Madoff what an absolutely assine comparison. What the h*** do they have to do with anything other than for you to make
another absolutely idiotic comment.

"This is a typical D response to a congressman or should.."

you are absolutely right since Rs seem so proud
of shreading the constitution under Bush, we take seriously minor little constitutional concepts like presumption of innocense, due process, and burden of proof obviously foreign/socialist ideas to Rs.

Curious why none of the radical right here can
answer either of these 2 basic questions:

1. Wasn't one of the terms of James O'Keefe's
federal probation in the Mary Landrieu matter that he stay away from political dirty tricks?;
and
2. Since the Radicals here insist that there
was an assault committed by the Congressman why wasn't the 'student' in the D.C. D.A.'s office today filing misd assault by contact charges?

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 14, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

"A disturbing incident. Congressman Etheridge appears very angry and out of control."

...because some socios ambushed him on a city street. Seems kinda natural, doesn't it.

This is one of the silliest fake controversies yet.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 14, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse


"We are completely in the bag for Barry the incompetent boob Obama, and will never play the story straight if it involves a Democrat."

Your Editorial Staff

Posted by: screwjob16 | June 14, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Way to give 'em what's fer, Bob.

Is Bob going to press charges against those socios (IMO) who bum-rushed him? BTW, what college do these alleged "students" attend?

===

the correct answer

Posted by: Noacoler | June 14, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

A disturbing incident. Congressman Etheridge appears very angry and out of control.

This behavior is not what we should expect
from our nation's legislators.

Etheridge's defenders should ask themselves how they would react to this sort of conduct were he a Republican. My guess is that most would demand his resignation.

Posted by: coastofutopia | June 14, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Cable and Web networks are really missing a step, as far as D.C. is concerned.Elected officials have enough bad habits to supply material for a very longrunning comedy series.
Ideally, the reporters would be Aikido practitioners.

Posted by: beowulf3 | June 14, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

the Limbaughs and Becks, essentially openly trolling for assasins when they speak, have so stoked the loony righ so that any politician would freak out if harassed by stranges.

Like you would.

Posted by: jfern03 | June 14, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Bob, use the atomic elbow next time. You have to beat the man to be the man. And Bob did!

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 14, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Way to give 'em what's fer, Bob.

Is Bob going to press charges against those socios (IMO) who bum-rushed him? BTW, what college do these alleged "students" attend?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 14, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Looks to me this shriveled up white male democrat would have water-boarded that kid if he had the opportunity.

Posted by: horace1 | June 14, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Do you see any parallel? Was there an apology?

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 14, 2010 7:54 PM

Not sure about your point. If Republicans push people around, it should be okay for Dems to do it? Sounds like this young lady wound up with a promotion and $200,000 for her trouble. Hell, she can push me for $200,000. My point was that this Etheridge episode does not appear to be cooked-up; it actually happened. Maybe he was baited; maybe he was drunk; maybe the guy he grabbed was a teabagger; but he was caught with his pants down---so to speak---any way you look at it. Cameras everywhere anymore.

Posted by: Brigade | June 14, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Now I know the dems are assaulting us with their statist legislation, but actual physical assault?

Charges need to be pressed.

Posted by: Dnordgre | June 14, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Brigade here is one you can really get agitated since you are all about doing the right thing regardless of party:


"Make government more like business - Vote Whitman"

"In June 2007, an eBay employee claimed that Ms. Whitman became angry and forcefully pushed her in an executive conference room at eBay’s headquarters, according to multiple former eBay employees with knowledge of the incident. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because the matter was delicate and was deemed to be strictly confidential.

The employee, Young Mi Kim, was preparing Ms. Whitman for a news media interview that day. Ms. Kim, who was not injured in the incident, hired a lawyer and threatened a lawsuit, but the dispute was resolved under the supervision of a private mediator. Two of the former employees said the company paid a six-figure financial settlement to Ms. Kim, which one of them characterized as “around $200,000.”

An agreement to keep the matter confidential was also part of the settlement, and the authorities were not involved. Ms. Whitman was counseled in the matter, the former eBay employees said, by the company’s human resources lawyers and by Henry Gomez, then president of the Skype unit at eBay and now a senior adviser to Ms. Whitman’s campaign.

Ms. Kim still works at eBay and is now a senior manager for corporate and executive communications. At the time of the incident, she had recently joined eBay from the Gap. She left the company for about four months, returning to work in October 2007 after the matter was resolved." NY TIMES


Do you see any parallel? Was there an apology?


Posted by: BobSanderson | June 14, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering what the fake controversy this week would be. Now I know.

As far as I can tell from the footage, Etheridge was defending himself against some creepazoids (IMO) who ambushed him on the street.

These clowns (IMO) were hungry for trouble and they got a knuckle sandwich. Where's the story?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 14, 2010 7:35 PM

-----

Not a totally fake controversy. Not as fake as the one where the Missouri sewer dweller claimed that someone spit on him at a teabagger rally. Was that a Dem plant who spit, or, as I suspect, did the lying congressman just make the whole thing up? Joe won't believe his lying eyes, but he'll believe a lying slimeball congressman. Typical Dem voter.

I see Drindl's been out spamming wildly today.

Posted by: Brigade | June 14, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

dottydo You said I was defending someone and you couldn't do it. You provided nothing.

Relative to the my highly edited statement here goes from Right Now today in the WaPo:

"After getting the link to the two-part video (filmed by two cameras, one of them grabbed by Etheredge), Big Government edited its own version and put it up with a commentary from Flynn. Neither Flynn nor anyone else at the Web site has heard from the self-described students since then, despite attempts to contact them and get more details -- especially in the wake of attacks from Democrats trying to discredit the video by calling the two unidentified men "trackers."


Posted by: BobSanderson | June 14, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

dottyto Please specifically state how I am defending anyone? I know you can't.

Posted by: BobSanderson

Yes I can Bob. The tape shows assault and placing his hands upon another person, which he is not entitled to do....ever.

You wrote:

"You don't get it. Spewing slogans, exaggerating wildly and over blowing the import of a highly edited video tape of unknown providence is no way to win an argument."


"highly edited video tape" is something that you cannot prove, however.

Posted by: dottydo | June 14, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

I guess not huh?

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 14, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering what the fake controversy this week would be. Now I know.

As far as I can tell from the footage, Etheridge was defending himself against some creepazoids (IMO) who ambushed him on the street.

These clowns (IMO) were hungry for trouble and they got a knuckle sandwich. Where's the story?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 14, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

If someone ( who continually refuses to identify himself ) walks up to me and sticks a camera phone, video recorder or other recording devise in my face I'd do the same thing, maybe more like putting it where the sun don't shine.
...

Posted by: jmfromdc

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I strongly suggest that you never put yourself into the position of running for public office and becoming property of the public then.

This Democrat did, and he really should just step down, because he is not above the law of the USA.

Get it?


Posted by: dottydo | June 14, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

dottyto Please specifically state how I am defending anyone? I know you can't.

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 14, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

You feel superior to the Congressman - are you?

Posted by: BobSanderson

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Yes Bob, they work for the people.
It must be embarrassing that you are defending an idiot who thinks he is above the law.

Posted by: dottydo | June 14, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Lookee who needs a toss over ethics violations.

In an act of self defense , Bobby could easily have been carrying a donut for his crotch injuries today.
He got off lucky.

We need an ethics committee that can make this happen for the people they abuse.

Violation of the Oath of Office is sufficient cause for immediate and permanent removal from office, retroactive to the date of first violation even if that violation occurred many years or decades ago, including requirement that an Oath of Office violator return all pay and expense reimbursements and have all personal recorded votes voided and removed from the legislative record back to the date of first violation.

Posted by: dottydo | June 14, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

To chicago77: You don't get it. Spewing slogans, exaggerating wildly and over blowing the import of a highly edited video tape of unknown providence is no way to win an argument.

This posting I quoted honestly describes what happened and does not excuse the Congressman's behavior (his quick apology properly acknowledges his recognition of his error in over blowing the incident and getting physical and angry):

"All we can see or hear is a very edited part of a video where the Congressman behaves in an aggressive manner apparently inappropriately grabbing a so-called "student on a project" and interrogating him."

There was no great advantage possible to the Republican Party or any great lessons here for all of mankind. A man made a minor mistake and apologized promptly. No one was hurt and life moves on.

That said, there is more we need to know about how this all came about and who was involved in the incident. It was created and we need to meet its creators. What is the fear about that? The aggrieved are real and we should meet them.


Are you big enough to also recognize your own over blowing of this incident? He apologized. You feel superior to the Congressman - are you?

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 14, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

You missed Phalin's racist joke about BHO and Hillary after he won the primary...an incident which the MSM elected to ignore.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 14, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse


"I apologize for my actions," Etheridge told reporters during a press conference Monday. "They were unacceptable."


The Congressman freely admits he was wrong.

It is quite funny how the shills and the old political party hacks that are always on this forum, still want to justify his assault on the kid.

But keep it up;
You are doing the guy no favor, you are just proving over and over again,
the ARROGANCE today that exists among DEMOCRATS in POWER.


Posted by: chicago77 | June 14, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Proving you have no idea about the McCarthy era is not an appropriate answer to my question nor a good excuse for posting something that makes no sense given what we know about the incident.

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 14, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: mrdarklight

"This story could be a case study in media bias. A story about a congressman who physically accosts someone asking him a question becomes a story about who the cameraman is, what is his affiliation"

Sort of reminds you of the McCarthy days, with a Democrat twist.

Posted by: chicago77 | June 14, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

RE: "Don't try to cover up for unacceptable conduct and assault." chicago77

What else specifically did you see in the video?

Go ahead, answer the question since you have such strong opinions on the topic. What was was inaccurate in this posting:


"All we can see or hear is a very edited part of a video where the Congressman behaves in an aggressive manner apparently inappropriately grabbing a so-called "student on a project" and interrogating him.

Why there are two students filming so that no "student" is visible or identifiable in any way remains an open issue for me.The question asked of the Congressman, although seemingly harmless, is totally out of context and will remain so until we know more. I want to see the entire video before I make a final judgment on how a confrontation developed there."

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 14, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: thebump
"Cut the guy some slack.
What are the odds YOU'D be sober if YOU had to be in the same room with Pelosi?"

Well said!
If he uses that defense, we would all have to find him innocent.

Posted by: chicago77 | June 14, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

'If someone ( who continually refuses to identify himself ) walks up to me and sticks a camera phone, video recorder or other recording devise in my face I'd do the same thing, maybe more like putting it where the sun don't shine.
This event should also go to prove that firearms of any type have no place in DC, if you think your taxes are high now just add 24 hr protection for everyone in the executive, legislative and judical branches just to be able to walk the street.

Posted by: jmfromdc | "


exactly.

Posted by: drindl | June 14, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love how the leftist Wash Po writers come in and spin the Congressman as the victim here...

Posted by: SirLoinofBeef | June 14, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse


The DoubleSpeak being used here by some to justify an assault on a kid who simply asked a question and got physically assaulted is amazing.

Is this The Washington Post or Pravda?

Posted by: chicago77 | June 14, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Cut the guy some slack. What are the odds YOU'D be sober if YOU had to be in the same room with Pelosi?

Posted by: thebump | June 14, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

This story could be a case study in media bias. A story about a congressman who physically accosts someone asking him a question becomes a story about who the cameraman is, what is his affiliation, and how Republicans are pushing it. Washington Post, you are beneath contempt.

Posted by: mrdarklight | June 14, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

This story could be a case study in media bias. A story about a congressman who physically accosts someone asking him a question becomes a story about who the cameraman is, what is his affiliation, and how Republicans are pushing it. Washington Post, you are beneath contempt.

Posted by: mrdarklight | June 14, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

RE: "Don't try to cover up for unacceptable conduct and assault." chicago77

What else specifically did you see in the video?

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 14, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse


"I apologize for my actions," Etheridge told reporters during a press conference Monday. "They were unacceptable."


Yes Congressman, they are unacceptable.

Posted by: chicago77 | June 14, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Just another example of a Democratic Congressman acting stupidly...

Posted by: SirLoinofBeef | June 14, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

This assault by a Congressman upon a student who simply asked a civil question;

Should prompt many more questions from college students, ordinary citizens and all who believe that we still have the right to ask questions;
of our elected Representatives.

Posted by: chicago77 | June 14, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

When asked directly several times who he was, why didn't the "student" identify himself?

Posted by: Pupster | June 14, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

The kid should have popped the simeball Dem congressman. I would have if that jerk put his hands on me.

Posted by: Drudge1 | June 14, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

If someone ( who continually refuses to identify himself ) walks up to me and sticks a camera phone, video recorder or other recording devise in my face I'd do the same thing, maybe more like putting it where the sun don't shine.
This event should also go to prove that firearms of any type have no place in DC, if you think your taxes are high now just add 24 hr protection for everyone in the executive, legislative and judical branches just to be able to walk the street.

Posted by: jmfromdc | June 14, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

RE: "Don't try to cover up for unacceptable conduct and assault." chicago77

What else specifically did you see in the video?

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 14, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

A true Fem slimeball. If that old crazy congressman put his hands on me, he would not look too good (i.e. worse than he looks already, naturally).

Posted by: Drudge1 | June 14, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

"All we can see or hear is a very edited part of a video where the Congressman behaves in an aggressive manner apparently inappropriately grabbing a so-called "student on a project" and interrogating him."

Get Real!

Don't try to cover up for unacceptable conduct and assault. That's what political hacks and shills always do.

The Congressman behaved in a very irrational and violent manner.

To his credit at least somewhat, he admitted what he did was unacceptable.

Posted by: chicago77 | June 14, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

You gotta love how the Washington Post makes it seem like the congressman is the victim here, when some young kids were attacked. But, when there was NO evidence of all the slander and slurs against the Tea Party, it was taken as truth and used to attack the Tea Party as spitting on people, calling congressman the N-word etc.

This guy should be forced to resign for such reckless behavior. But no, leftist apologists paint this Congressman as the victim...

Posted by: SirLoinofBeef | June 14, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Nothing new here. Just the same old "better than thou" God complex of a typical angry liberal caught on film.

Posted by: Straightline | June 14, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey, bikes-everywhere, are you forgetting the Congressional Black Caucus parading through Tea Party demonstrators with cameras held high?

Posted by: sosueme1 | June 14, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

All we can see or hear is a very edited part of a video where the Congressman behaves in an aggressive manner apparently inappropriately grabbing a so-called "student on a project" and interrogating him.

Why there are two students filming so that no "student" is visible or identifiable in any way remains an open issue for me.The question asked of the Congressman, although seemingly harmless, is totally out of context and will remain so until we know more. I want to see the entire video before I make a final judgment on how a confrontation developed there.

Breitbart in not a credible source of anything for me or the nation.

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 14, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse


Congressman or Street Thug?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oqIP9yagkQ

Posted by: chicago77 | June 14, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

"The simple political fact is that as a Member of Congress, you can't grab people on the street..."

Uh, I think the simple LEGAL fact is that NOBODY can grab people on the street.

Posted by: thebump | June 14, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse


This assault by the Congressman is just one more brazen example of the
ARROGANCE of POWER.

Posted by: chicago77 | June 14, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Another southern knucklehead comes to town.

Posted by: johng1 | June 14, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Other than maybe the inheritance tax, this will be the worst thing that ever happens to those two.

Posted by: mack1 | June 14, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Andrew Breitbart is involved? He's the one who bankrolled the ACORN pimp sting, and the botched wiretapping of Sen. Landrieu's office. So he pays a young republican $50k a year to prowl Capitol Hill with a video camera doing nothing other than baiting a Dem to take a swing at him. Or, at a minimum, capture some kind of confrontation on video?
How does this improve our government?

Posted by: bikes-everywhere | June 14, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse


"I apologize for my actions," Etheridge told reporters during a press conference Monday. "They were unacceptable."

Yes Congressman, they are unacceptable. Even the high and mighty are not permitted to attack the "peons" in this country.

You should be in jail.

Posted by: chicago77 | June 14, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Typical GOP dirty tricks.... they've been doing this crap for decades.... GOP will stoop to ANYTHING; it's part of their fascist nature.

Posted by: EdSantaFe | June 14, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse


I hope this assault by a Congressman, prompts many more students and ordinary citizens to ask questions in public of their elected Reps.

Many of them have been acting like
Mini-Monarchs instead of Congressmen for far too long.

Posted by: chicago77 | June 14, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse


This type of arrogance on the part of the In Power For Life Crowd (Mostly Dems);
Is exactly why ordinary citizens are going to throw a bunch of the BUMS out in November.

Posted by: chicago77 | June 14, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse


This type of arrogance on the part of the In Power For Life Crowd (Mostly Dems);
Is exactly why ordinary citizens are going to throw a bunch of the BUMS out in November.

Posted by: chicago77 | June 14, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse


Since when do you have to be anything other than A Concerned Citizen to politely ask a congressman a question about his political position?

Hmm? You leftist fascists?

Posted by: screwjob16 | June 14, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

leichtman1,

“Lets find out how who this kid is and how much he was paid by the state GOP before jumping to conclusions.”
This is a typical D response to a congressman or should we say thug who has acted inappropriately toward another citizen. If I am not mistaken a R senator lost his seat after he lost his temper and only called someone a name. The left was all over him, but yet when one of their own acts worse they blame it on the kid. Please what a double standard talk about hypocrisy.

Posted by: sliowa1 | June 14, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

"Bob Etheridge has lost it," said National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Jon Thompson. "His conduct is unbecoming of a member of Congress."


Mister Obvious.. thank you for the analysis.

His unprovoked physical attack on a young person who simply asked him a question,
is indicative of the CONTEMPT with which some elected to office now hold the people.

THey seem to forget that this is still a Democracy where the people get to question their government officials.

This bad apple "Congressman" must think he is a party official in North Korea or Iran, instead of a Member of The United States Congress.

This type of arrogance, is exactly why ordinary citizens are going to throw the BUMS out in November.

Also...he should be charged criminally like any other person who has committed an assault.

Posted by: chicago77 | June 14, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse


Notice the stilted weasel words these WaPo hacks use to soften the story for this drunken fascist congressman: "scuffle" (implies mutual combat) and "manhandles" (sounds softer than "assault and battery").

Miserable WaPo hacks.

Posted by: screwjob16 | June 14, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Who is the "student"? Why won't he identify himself? Why doesn't he go on TV, tell us who he is, and then file assault charges against Etheridge? Why is he afraid to identify himself if he was just doing his job as he says?

Posted by: Pupster | June 14, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Finance Whiz, did you ever find out who paid Monica? What was the motivation behind Edward's love child? Was Madoff set up? We really need to know before we make any conclusions.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 14, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Who cares who the guy was who asked the question? Congressman Etheridge assaulted a citizen on the street. Only a Democrat would put the focus on the guy who Etheridge got rough with.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 14, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse


Fascist drunken boob Democrat assaults clean cut college kid in jacket and tie, on a public street.

Posted by: screwjob16 | June 14, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Who cares who the guy was who asked the question? Congressman Etheridge assaulted a citizen on the street. Only a Democrat would put the focus on the guy who Etheridge got rough with.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 14, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

no presumption of innocense

Are you really a lawyer. you can't even spell in english. Makes it hard to take you seriously on anything. I mean on top of your utter looniness in everything else.

Unless you were talking about that smelly stuff we used to burn in high school.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 14, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

gutter trash, how mature.

next time a R is charged with an offense
lets forget about the legal system entirely
no presumption of innocense or any of that left
wing clap trap.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 14, 2010 5:21 PM
================
Whatever toolshed. Your lack of a response doesn't deserve maturity. The "motivations" don't matter the congressmen ASSAULTED SOMEONE ASKING A QUESTION.

Is that really that hard of a concept for moonbats to understand?

Posted by: Cryos | June 14, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

gutter trash, how mature.

next time a R is charged with an offense
lets forget about the legal system entirely
no presumption of innocense or any of that left
wing clap trap.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 14, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully you will never serve on a criminal jury panel. You have no idea what the entire
story is, nor have you seen the entire tape or listened to the entire audio and yet you are ready to arrest and censure a US Congressman.

Lets find out how who this kid is and how much he was paid by the state GOP before jumping to conclusions.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 14, 2010 5:17 PM
=================
Do you even listen to yourself? Who cares if someone paid him. He asked a PUBLIC SERVANT a simple question and was assaulted for it.

You nutjob libs condone this and then tell me that I should let liberals have control of my life? Get off the crack moonbat.

Posted by: Cryos | June 14, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

"ps- I'm a liberal partisan democrat who supports President Obama.."
yea and I am a proud member of the TeaParty.

Hopefully you will never serve on a criminal jury panel. You have no idea what the entire
story is, have nor seen the entire tape or audio and yet you are ready to arrest and censure a US Congressman.

why do we not know the identity of this thug, how much he was paid, who paid him, and who
sent him out to stalk a US Congressman? First
the dirty tricks in S Carolina now this in
N Carolina

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 14, 2010 5:10 PM
===========================
If you weren't actually serious your post would be laughable.

However your insane partisan slant just makes you gutter trash not worth listening to after the double standards liberals you've shown since the 2008 election.

Posted by: Cryos | June 14, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

luca at 4:53 writes:

Obviously, this Etheridge fellow must be one of those rabidly violent, racist, extremist Tea Party types the left has been warning us for a year to look out for...

Though to be fair, if I knew I was going to lose my job come November, I'd be a bit testy too.

Posted by: luca_20009

__________________________________________


Pushing all this violence on the Tea Party, huh?

Oh that would make SENSE IN YOUR DELUSIONAL WORLD.

BECAUSE THE GUY IS A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully you will never serve on a criminal jury panel. You have no idea what the entire
story is, nor have you seen the entire tape or listened to the entire audio and yet you are ready to arrest and censure a US Congressman.

Lets find out how who this kid is and how much he was paid by the state GOP before jumping to conclusions.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 14, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Looks like some are trying very hard to make up excuses for this guy from North Carolina. Most of my life I have had a great deal of respect for people from North Carolina. To me he has done enough to be removed from office but then it could have been the fault of George Bush that made him go off and do some stupid things. I would think this young man was trying to write a school paper and really I would think he was very lucky to even know who this guy was and lucky again to be able to speak to a congressman. Many of thes econgressmen and senators think anyone who talks to them might be a terrorist. My vote is to not ask him to leave but to use a phrase being used by our President kiss his a-- right out of congress and let him know who is boss.

Jim Goff - Germantown, Maryland

Posted by: jimgoff | June 14, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

"ps- I'm a liberal partisan democrat who supports President Obama.."
yea and I am a proud member of the TeaParty.

Hopefully you will never serve on a criminal jury panel. You have no idea what the entire
story is, have nor seen the entire tape or audio and yet you are ready to arrest and censure a US Congressman.

why do we not know the identity of this thug, how much he was paid, who paid him, and who
sent him out to stalk a US Congressman? First
the dirty tricks in S Carolina now this in
N Carolina

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 14, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

It is not a Republican or Democrat thing. It is a 'I'm above the law because I'm in Congress' thing! Republican or Democrat, different piles but same stink!

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | June 14, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Enough with the claims that something that would exonerate the congressman might have been left out of the edited version. The unedited video from each of the two cameras can bee seen here:
http://www.therightscoop.com/congressman-bob-etheridge-d-nc-assaults-college-student-in-dc

Posted by: dcsuburb | June 14, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Dem Congressman Bob Etheridge's Hugo Chavez like How-dare-you ask-me questions-I-or-my-staff-have-not-screened-in-advance Imperial behavior is the story not the rise of technology.

I am disappointed to see the once curious press lose all semblance of reporting and instead line up with the regime of their choice in every instance.

Posted by: msmithnv | June 14, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

bumblingberry you SHOULd do unspeakable things WITH 37thand0street TOGETHER BECause you two make me a HAPPY TEA BAG = you agree so much more than anyone.

HOW DO WE STOP SOCIALIST_ GOVERNMEnt from Natioalizing Even our social SECURITY and MEDicare? THERE would nothing LEFT to be UNemployed with ??????? ARE TWO DISABLED or something?

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 14, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Someone in DC should call the police - file a complaint against Bob Etheridge for assault and battery.

Seriously.


The democrats never want to prosecute any of their own -

Obama too - what he did by offering jobs to people to get out of the races - IS ILLEGAL.

AND IT IS RICO.

Throw them all in jail - no one wants to say that what OBAMA DID IS THE SAME THING BLAGO DID.

BUT BLAGO IS STILL ON TRIAL.


OBAMA SHOULD BE SENT TO JAIL.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

yea stalking a US Congressman, shoving a camera in his face, and likely paying kids
for these stunts is something Donald Segritti and the GOP Marketplace would have been proud of..

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 14, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Bob Etheridge is a coward. He attacked that young man for no reason other than he saw an easy mark, and of course he forgot about the possibility of cameras. He should be charged with assault, period. Let the people of NC decide at the next election if this piece of garbage is what they want representing them. His statement tried to make it sound like the young man had asked a slanted question. The video makes Etheridge out for the coward and liar he is. If the young man would of touched him he would of cried, whined, complained of the attack on his life and that of his family and friends lives, hired more body guards at the tax payers expense and went on camera explaining his life was threatened but he fought off the attackers and defended the good people of NC. I wish the young man had decked him when he refused to let go.

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | June 14, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Chris - This column is astoundingly inadequate and, for a journalist, completely obtuse.

The congressman committed a crime - assault.

He also violated the videographer's first amendment rights, rights that allow you to publish your column every day without fear of retribution.

You should call for Ethridge's arrest and censure, not opine about the evolution of journalism.

ps- I'm a liberal partisan democrat who supports President Obama.

Posted by: stretchl | June 14, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Notice:

It is now considered "dirty tricks" to ask a Democrat congressman if he supports Obama.

Next it will be considered inappropriate to discuss why there is no budget this year.

It is already poor form to consider why Obama is not diving down to plug the hole or sucking the straw. He should never use the word sucking in his reply to a question.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 14, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

No chance of collusion to draw attention to whom here?

No chance of trying to piggy back the French veil issue here?

xref: City hall voter screen names when only a valid court order can verify your legal identity.

Please see: http://www.tawbs.com/clothes-are-technology.php

Posted by: randomsample | June 14, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

No doubt about it, digital video/audio and the internet will eventually accomplish what democrats and republicans have failed to…but I don’t know if I can wait that long.

Uh, Congressman, next time it’s “no comment” and keep on walking. “What a maroon!”

Posted by: sosueme1 | June 14, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street ThanKs XXX


I study your big BRAINS to see what is happening with NAZIS trying TO GET DOCs FOR KIDZ. POOR insURANCE COs trying to make a DOLLAR IN OBOMA's COMMIEland. WHY? TELL ME MORE SO I can have my own FIX II.

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 14, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

No chance of any kind of collusion to draw attention to whom?

Posted by: randomsample | June 14, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, this Etheridge fellow must be one of those rabidly violent, racist, extremist Tea Party types the left has been warning us for a year to look out for...

Though to be fair, if I knew I was going to lose my job come November, I'd be a bit testy too.

Posted by: luca_20009 | June 14, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

$10,400 blank check to Greene, how much
we will learn were these thugs paid by
the GOP?

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 14, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

according to you 37th everyone who is
a D must resign

did the GOP thug initiate the assault by
literally shoving the camera in a US Congressman's face?

after the garbage we saw in S Carolina
Ds need to get ready for an outright
ugly campaign season from the Donald Segritty and Lee Atwater trained party.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 14, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

harbinger317,

No one here has defended Etheridge. Instead, a few of us have pointed out that there's more to this story than meets the eye. I'd think right-wingers would want to see the entire video, not just 1 minute and 11 seconds of it, and they'd like to ensure that the "students" who made it were actually victims and not part of a smear campaign against Etheridge. The Right's apparent fear of more investigation clearly indicates that right-wingers think the kids were paid to ambush the Congressman and they don't want that part of the story to come out.

Posted by: Ryking | June 14, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Clearly the last thing a Dem who wants to keep his job needs is a tape floating around with a candidate proclaiming their support for Obama.

If he had said "Yes, I support Present ident Obama" it would have been worse for his reelection prospects.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 14, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

mariewilson11

You sound rational.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Speaking as a Democrat no one is above the law and Rep. Etheridge should have been arrested. Had the reverse been true, and Rep. Etheridge had been assulted, that unnamed "student" would have been serving some time behind bars.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 14, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

And for those of you who only read the headline this criminal is a DEMOCRAT. If he was a republican, the headline would read "Republican assaults college student"

Posted by: CTLangis | June 14, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to an old-fashioned "no comment"?

Posted by: WashingtonDame | June 14, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Etheridge should RESIGN IMMEDIATELY.

There are bounds of public discourse.

AND the District of Columbia should throw him in jail for assault - see how he likes a jail term of 1 - 3 years.

It's all on tape.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

why not a simple answer like my name
is John Smith and I am with the N. Carolina
GOP?

why is the identity and affiliation yet
to be determined?

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 14, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

The moral of the story - bad things happen to those who attend Pelosi fundraisers.

Posted by: 0460 | June 14, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

"The Dems will lose close to 160 seats in the House this fall..."
—RonInIrvine

Wow, Ron! You must teach at UC Irvine.

Posted by: Bondosan | June 14, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

To LdSentinal, who wrote,

"That clip is a joke."

Bob Etheridge doesn't think so!

Posted by: dcsuburb | June 14, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

LdSentinal,

That clip is a joke too. It still doesn't show what's going on off-camera (were they flipping Etheridge the finger while asking their provocative question, were others off-camera trying to non-verbally provoke the Congressman) and it cuts off in the middle of the scene after one minute and eleven seconds. Where's the whole video? What are the boys -- boys who couldn't identify themselves or their school or explain why their "school project" entailed ambushing a Democrat -- hiding?

Posted by: Ryking | June 14, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

This is nothing more than a rightwing set-up and provocation so that the conservatives can drape themselves with victimhood. That's how conservatives make their living, sell books and get ratings on FOX news and talk radio.

Posted by: jsoles2001 | June 14, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

"The Dems will lose close to 160 seats"
whoever posted that is an idiot.


Posted by: leichtman1 | June 14, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"The Dems will lose close to 160 seats"

whoever posted that is an idiot.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 14, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street is my blog prophet and I don't know why he isn't everyone's BUT I WILL STRESS SOME OF HIS POINTS AND LOGYCS NOW.

His description of Obama is so true and why does Obama make up so many LIES about the situation he found. 37thand0street has stressed that once George Bush left a nice oval office to him he was not responsible for anything he did in office - he was only ONE PERSON AND U KNOW HOW WAshington is!!!!!! Who can differ with that. THE WHITE HOUSE IS REALLY NICE ANYWAY!!!!!wISH i COULD LIVE THERE INSTEAD OF THE KENYAN OBAMA!

1)Bush was finished and turned the country over to Obama in great shape and GAVE the KEYS TO THE GREAT OVAL OFFICE AND AIR FORCE ONE to the KENYAN LIER. Obama was President OK THE KEYS PROVE IT! WOOOHH is US!

2) We had won ALL the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan GO SURGES! - the economy was doing great and the Wall Street was doing great again (close call no?) Obama lies about this everyday to Michele and his girls and the country. WHO CAN BELIEVE HIM? NOT 37thand0street!!!!!!!!!

3)There was no budget deficit, EVERYONE ( EXCEPT 37thand0street )WAS WORKING and government spending was way down and taxes were so low the rich were getting richer and richer and richer. That is America at its capitalist best not socialist commie NAZI like Obama. hE GOT HIMSELF A GOOD JOB AND NO ONE ELSE GOT ONE. iS THAT FAIR? NOT!

HONOR OUR PROPHET 37thand0street for he is WISE BEYOND his 37 years!

MAYBE I'LL ADD A FEW

SPACES FOR EMPHASIS...


oBAAAAAAAAAAMA HAS BANKRUPTED THE country already WITH OBAMACARE FOR the poor. YOUC CAN FEEL IT! Who was complaining the poor had no healthcare??????????????????????


DO I HEAR THE COMMUNIST AND SOCIALIST DEMOCRAT COMMIES saying THE KIDS SHOULD HAVE A DOC?

Why do insurance companies need help deciding who shouldn't be COVERED ---- DON'T THEY DO A GREAT JOB of dumping those that get sick or might get sick. THAT IS THE JOB of the insurance company not the socialist mommie state to say who is NOT good enough to be covered.

I am insured and I know 37thand0street must be because some days he must be on his meds CAUSE HE LAYS OFF THE CAPS AND JUST DOESN'T BLOG


...GOD BLESS HIM AND PALIN. OK? DOESN't 37thand0street smell alot like bumblingberry and Breitbart ??????????????? I THINK SO!

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 14, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

These teapot tempests are what Republicans enjoy in lieu of political power.

Posted by: karenfink | June 14, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

obviously cornell knows zero about
TriCare. It is a 100% Government Run H.C.
plan where its members pay a grand total of $3
for prescriptions and no deductibles. Its
a great plan for our military who justly deserve such, its just too bad that the rest
of us can not get that kind of soicalized
H.C. that only our military and members
of Congress can get. The Congressman was
absolutely right. Rs want socialized H.C.
for the military and Medicare for their Tea
Party friends and squat for the rest of us.
A so called student, likely a R plant, shoving
a camera in a US Congressman's face is where
the outrage should be.

" United States Marine who "dared" to challenge Mr. Etheridge's support for government run national socialized health care. Mr. Etheridge tries to humiliate and insult the Marine by trying to insinuate this marine is getting a "free ride" on his health insuance"

i.e. Socialized Tricare and Medicare for us zip for the rest of the country..sounds fair
fon't ya thunk..

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 14, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

what's disgusting is all these posters who are defending the congressman. i wonder if they would defend him if it was their kid tha was being beat up by one of the most powerful men in the country on a public street. sometimes its better to takes the lumps and be human than to be a die hard partisan and lose what little humanity you have left

Posted by: harbinger317 | June 14, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

How sane people react:


Etheridge apologizes for on-camera confrontation


And the others:

Dems defend Etheridge,
attack Breitbart

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 14, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Etheridge is toast. He was toast even before this happened. The fiction that his seat is safe is only believed by Democrats who have consistently misread the anger of American voters. The Dems will lose close to 160 seats in the House this fall and Etheridge will be one of those ousted. Etheridge was toast before this incident and this assault on a student does not help him with voters.

Posted by: RonInIrvine | June 14, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse


I know what people can learn.... Bob is a fascist... He has no care about anyone but himself and power... If those kids he assaulted had parents with any power he would be in jail.. He deserves to be in jail...

You democrats are a joke.. your just going to ignore this...

We are going to brew you a little tea! Enjoy November!!


Posted by: 2010Rout | June 14, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

We North Carolinians are very embarrassed by this gentleman's behavior here. At home we know him to be a big tax spender and a supporter of illegal aliens - he is a true Obama lock step representative that tows the party line regardless of what we think. We would like to have him leave Congress, but so many of our "welfare voters" are in his district so it is hard to remove him. He does bring home the bacon and he allows his constituents to live work and tax free here in North Carolina. Nice to see him on all the networks!

Posted by: TaxManNC | June 14, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Here's the problem with these career politicians - they think they can say anything and 'get away' with it. It's just a matter of incovenience that they have to answer to anyone. Thanks to the technology (Video, Youtube, etc) they no longer have that luxury. Anyway, what else this arrogant congressman say or did when the camera's were not rolling? Get rid of this moron and his party from power.

Posted by: CJ123 | June 14, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

To Bondosan:

Yes.

Posted by: dcsuburb | June 14, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"Chris Cilliazza and the Washington Post would have been demanding that the Republican resign IMMEDIATELY!"
—jana_b_h

"The coverup begins."
—Cornell1984

"He should be reprimanded by the House. And he should be turned out of office by his constituents."
—dcsuburb

"The congressman needs to be arrested and charged accordingly."
—richard36

"Congressman Etheridge should resign from his position as a elected official."
—geo82170

* * *

I'm assuming all of you are also calling for the resignations of David Vitter and John Ensign, yes?

Posted by: Bondosan | June 14, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Pupster wrote,
"If this was indeed a real assault, why is the identity of the 'victim' hidden and his face blurred?"

While you doubt that this was a real assault with a real victim, the congressman himself has acknowledged as much.

Pupster wrote, "Is he really a student?"

I don't doubt that he is a student. But if you do, should we suppose it is alright to assault someone if he isn't a student?

Pupster wrote,
"Without knowing, we have no idea what the questioner's agenda is or if the video was edited or tampered with in any way."

Again, the congressman himself has acknowledged the fact of his bad conduct. And again, is it alright for congressmen to assault people who have an agenda?

Posted by: dcsuburb | June 14, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Unless the person he grabbed presses charges and they stick (e.g. prosecution, conviction, etc.), this incident will eventually fade from the public memory as it's eclipsed by whatever silly things other politicians do next week.

Etheridge's constituents will, of course, get the final word.

Posted by: Gallenod | June 14, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse


This "Kicking a55" thing has clearly caught on with Democrats.

Posted by: WylieD | June 14, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

If this was indeed a real assault, why is the identity of the "victim" hidden and his face blurred? Is he really a student? Without knowing, we have no idea what the questioner's agenda is or if the video was edited or tampered with in any way. Several times Etheridge can be heard asking the questioner to identify himself.

Why was the video released to Breitbart and not another outlet? The MSM should dig around to find the answers to these questions instead of dumbly swallowing video handed to them.

Posted by: Pupster | June 14, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse


Congressman Etheridge should resign from his position as a elected official. He comes off as an obnoxious thug in this video. We don't need our elected representatives acting like street thugs.

Posted by: geo82170 | June 14, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

What a case of simple assault and the congressman needs to be arrested and charged accordingly. He'll post bail and then try to buy the other party off. If that doesn't work, he'll just borrow Charlie Rangels' "Get out of Jail" card and then everyone will forget it ever happened.

Posted by: richard36 | June 14, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Actually, watching the "full" clip as posted by LdSentinal below, I think this is going to play very well in NC.

Nobody likes to have a camera shoved in their face.

It does look to me like Etheridge is drunk, which will probably also play very well in NC.

Posted by: Bondosan | June 14, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

As usual, great column. There is one that I think you missed. It was Joe Biden's ""You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent."

http://tinyurl.com/5bsq53

Posted by: J_Climacus | June 14, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Chris, Chris, Chris,
Where's your sense of outrage? Yes, he assaulted the student. That's bad enough. But that fact that he did so is evidence of a sense of self-importance, indeed, an arrogance, that is especially inappropriate on the part of a one of the people's representatives. He should be reprimanded by the House. And he should be turned out of office by his constituents.

Posted by: dcsuburb | June 14, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Compare this to the way the WaPo jumped on and publicized the Macaca video, and never disparaged the motives of the kid behind the camera.

With the Etheridge assault, the Washington Post claims it is a republican story. Nothing here. MoveOn. Lessons learned. Assault? What assault! It was a hug. Yes, the Washington Post has declared grabbing a kid around his neck and holding him against his will "a hug".

I guess this cements that the WaPo is a DNC newspaper.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | June 14, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Why does zouk/bumbling berry/moonbat/drivl, etc. post the same brainless crap here for 15 hours every day, every 5 minutes?

Just a question anyone who comes here has to ask themselves.

Posted by: drindl | June 14, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

The coverup begins.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | June 14, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Etheridge has a history of erratic behavior.

August 13, 2009 — Democratic Congressman Bob Etheridge scolds a United States Marine who "dared" to challenge Mr. Etheridge's support for government run national socialized health care. Mr. Etheridge tries to humiliate and insult the Marine by trying to insinuate this marine is getting a "free ride" on his health insuance. But this is a United States Marine and Mr. Etheridge ends up humiliating himself....

Posted by: Cornell1984 | June 14, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

"Time and time again, politicians, who should know better, seem to commit gaffes based on a belief that what they are saying will never get broadcast to the wider world. The Etheridge controversy is more evidence that such an idea is entirely antiquated."

This is true and Rand Paul and Sharron Angle will be finding that out.

"Rein in Medicare — but not Medicare's payments to doctors – including Rand Paul, a practicing optometrist who says half his patients are on Medicare.

"Medicare is socialized medicine," and one way to control medical costs would be to impose a $2,000 deductible in the program. "But try selling that one in an election."

—Comments in Lexington, KY, June 2009

Posted by: drindl | June 14, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

why does drivl cut and paste most of her posts?

Answer:

"a national news story quickly developed as Republicans worked to publicize the incident. (The video posted by Breitbart is at the bottom of this post.)"

and you are apparently among them.

Posted by: drindl


It's like Barack off the prompter.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 14, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Im sure somehow someway this was George Bush's fault.

Posted by: kenpasadena | June 14, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"a national news story quickly developed as Republicans worked to publicize the incident. (The video posted by Breitbart is at the bottom of this post.)"

and you are apparently among them.

Posted by: drindl | June 14, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama foreign policy working as expected - our friends at our throats, our enemies getting it together.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

US turned down Britain’s offer
to help clean up BP oil rig spill
Times [UK], by Robin Pagnamenta,

A high-level British offer of help to clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill was rebuffed by America shortly after the accident, fuelling fresh fears of political tension between the two countries over the disaster. A few days after the BP-leased rig sank on April 22, the Cabinet Office made a direct offer to the US State Department to airlift half of Britain’s 1,200-tonne stockpile of chemical dispersants, The Times has learnt. At the time there was an urgent demand for fresh supplies.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
CNSNews.com Iran, Pakistan Push
Ahead With Gas Pipeline Deal
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough

Four days after the U.N. Security Council approved fresh sanctions against Iran, the Iranian and Pakistani governments on Sunday finalized a multi-billion dollar deal under which Iran will supply natural gas by pipeline to its eastern neighbor for 25 years. To win Chinese support, the watered-down U.N. sanctions resolution does not target Iran’s pivotal energy sector. Nonetheless, Washington has long been opposed to the pipeline plan, urging both Pakistan and India – which may join the project at a later stage – not to cooperate with Iran while the international dispute over its nuclear activities remains unresolved.

Well, it is CHANGE.........

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 14, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

why do all frustrated Libs resort to violence?

It must be incredibly frustrating to be led over a cliff with the rest of the lemming pack and not knowing how to get out. At least Nancy's seat is safe. she can take it at the back of the chamber next year.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 14, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

It really doesn't matter much who the other people were in this video. The video is complete and uncut, and they have perspectives from two different cameras. It could be anyone there, and it wouldn't really change how wrong Etheridge's reaction was.

Yes, Etheridge probably didn't like the question. Any question focused on the "Obama agenda" is not a friendly one. Still, that doesn't matter. Smile politely, keep walking, and refer the people to your office if they want an interview.

Occasionally, politicians sink down to the level of ambush amateur reporters. In this case, Etheridge immediately jumped several rungs lower. I can't really figure out what he was thinking. My only explanation is that he must have been drunk, which almost makes it worse.

Posted by: blert | June 14, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Chris, there's another video that shows the assualt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3tMcivWi-k

Nice try to deflect the situation by showing the other version.

Posted by: LdSentinal | June 14, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

by the way to blame republicans for this is amazing since democrats are masters at this crap! you probably made the comment of the hug also. ill bet you even get a tingle when the teleprompters roll.

Posted by: carl6352 | June 14, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

If a Republican Congressman had behaved in this manner and on camera the incident would have been on the front page of qll pages of the MSM. Chris Cilliazza and the Washington Post would have been demanding that the Republican resign IMMEDIATELY!

Posted by: jana_b_h | June 14, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

if you look at his eyes. mr etheridge being that he came from a fundraiser luncheon had a few before the confrontation. also he was not hugging, he grabbed that kid by the nape of the neck! that pure and simple was an assault! also too give this guy a pass is exactly why their will be a massive shake up in nov!

Posted by: carl6352 | June 14, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Everytime berry goes off the prompter.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 14, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

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