Defending the Indefensible

I enjoy reading Mediaite occasionally, but they have a few, blindly-democrat-water-carrying columnists there.  Take Colby Hall’s latest column for instance

Congressman Loses Cool To Students With A Flip Cam, But Comes Out The Hero?

No he’s not a hero. He’s a jerk. But…as is always the case, there is more to the story.

The democratization of communications technology is generally lauded as a great advancement for civilization. But during a time of heated partisan divide — caused, in part, by a Balkanizing landscape of opinion media — well, one wonders if we really want an army of aggressive college kids accosting public servants until someone eventually loses their cool.

Etheridge’s actions are only partially defensible. He need not have gotten physical with the students who asked him the provocative question regarding his support of the “Obama Agenda”

The YouTube video is published under an account titled TonyManization, and even more damning is that the faces of the individuals asking the Congressman questions are blurred out.

Which brings us back to Etheridge’s response. Yeah – he comes off as a jerk, but…when in Rome.

Good Lord, Colby. The Congressman’s actions, regardless of affiliation, are indefensible.  Yet, that these citizens dared ask him, a Democrat, a question, it is deemed, “provocative,” that they blurred out their own faces is, “damning,” and Etheridge’s actions are, by your reason of deduction, “partially defensible.”

Incidentally, here is the video in question — hopefully YouTube doesn’t go gutless and try to remove it as they often do when Democrats are the target of any questioning or scorn:

Mediaite: chain up your little lapdog/part-time sockpuppet and find someone else to do some real analysis.  I understand that you generally lean “left,” but I’d recommend not leaning too far “idiot.”

UPDATE: Congressman apologizes

This came out about an hour ago… which contains the Congressman’s official statement:

Washington, DC, Jun 14 – U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-Lillington) released the following statement on the viral video which appeared on the internet today:

“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.”

Good on you Congressman; just keep it in your pants next time.