Monday, June 14, 2010

Bob Etheridge's Behavior

I'm mostly with Paul Wells on this one - it wasn't necessary for the confrontation to become physical:
I don’t know the first thing about this congressman and it’s entirely possible he’s a nasty piece of work. But so what. The kid with the insightful questions (“Do you fully support the Obama agenda?”) didn’t begin to identify himself properly to the congressman. When asked he had no answer. Even today, posting his cheaply earned martyrdom on the web for the world to see, he won’t identify himself or his cause.

If the kid had done this on an airplane in flight, it might be easier to parse the right and wrong here. But it makes no difference that he did this on a street. Nor would it matter if Bob Etheridge were a Republican. If some snot-nosed little ass comes bounding up to a U.S. Congressman in these addled times and starts firing off questions, and refuses to identify himself either before or the grilling begins or when asked, that congressman has my personal permission to break the kid’s nose without ado.
If you ambush a Member of Congress in the street, you should expect to do more than lie about your identity and agenda, as the two "students" in question appear to be doing. It would be interesting to see an unedited video. Fat chance, right?

Update: This isn't what I had in mind in relation to an unedited video, although it does give greater context (i.e., it takes away any doubt that the two cameramen did anything to provoke Bob Etheridge beyond the words recorded in the edited video). But it offers nothing to identify the two men who made the videos.

Does Etheridge have a reputation for acting like this? Did these two target him, or were they looking for random Members of Congress to target with a silly question and, as they say, get lucky?

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