Posted by: L. E. Barnes | June 15, 2010

“Who Are You? Who Are you?”

If you’ve kept up with the news, you’ve probably heard about Congressman Bob Etheridge’s (D-NC) altercation last week with a couple of young fellows claiming to be students. An edited video recording of the incident has gone viral. In case you haven’t seen the video, or would like to review it, here it is:

Etheridge has issued an apology for his actions. I hope he is sincere, though–not surprisingly–many suspect he did so simply to protect his political career. So far, the two young men involved have not identified themselves to the public, and it remains to be seen how (if at all) this will affect Etheridge’s chances of being reelected or if charges will be filed against him. 

As was Etheridge, I too am curious as to who these guys were. Were they really students? What was their motive? And why did Etheridge blow his stack? (I live in North Carolina, but I’m–thankfully–not in Etheridge’s district, by the way.)

Methinks the congressman needeth anger management classes…

But this episode has stirred up quite a bit of tempest in the teapot. For instance, some are claiming that a Republican politician who behaved as Etheridge did would have received much harsher treatment from the media. Others argue that what he did constitutes assault and he should be prosecuted. Others are more forgiving. Paul Wachter, writing for Politics Daily,  points out that “there’s a long history of violence among Southern politicians, and they don’t necessarily suffer for it at the polls.”

 Your thoughts?

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  2. He’s just stressing out over the Democrat’s self-destruction.

    • kkollwitz,
      LOL! You may very well be right!

  3. The young men didn’t give their names, but the one getting roughed up said he was a college student. Who knows? Etheridge’s behavior was despicable. If he was on the up and up, he would have a calm and rational response to the question. But because he’s an ideologue he is out of his depth. Why people like this keep getting voted into office I’ll never know, but his behavior was a hoot. Today with video we see into the heart of a man by how he treats those around him. Legends are going to be harder to come by with today’s present crop of politicians.

    • Barb,
      Etheridge made a complete jackass of himself. Just goes to show that in field of politics, a person doesn’t have to be reasonable or well behaved to get elected. They just need to say what will please constituents or put on a good show for the media. Though in this case, Etheridge slipped up and showed his true colors. I agree that there don’t seem be any “legends” among Washington insiders today. Alas…


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