...who had the nerve to...ask him a question:
Look at the way he held the kids arm, look at the fury in his voice. In a sane democracy this assh*le would be brought up on charges - or at least, ethics violations - in fifteen minutes. It's an assault, plain and simple.
And this isn't the first time Etheridge has showered abuse on folks that dared to ask him a question...here is this human scumb*g verbally abusing a U.S. Marine for questioning him on his support of ObamaCare, refusing to answer the question and sneering about his "free" health care:
Renee Ellmers is his opponent 2010; a self-proclaimed "tea party" conservative, she's a medical professional and Sunday school teacher. In other words, an average citizen trying to unseat a self-proclaimed "Burgher Meister".
Support her here.
Update: Some good stuff out there...via Will Collier:
Congressman, to quote the movie Backdraft, "You see that flash of light in the corner of your eye? That's your career dissipation light. It just went into high gear."
And from I Hate the Media:
In answer to his own question (“Who are youuuuuuu?”), Ethridge’s answer seems to be “The soon-to-be former Democrat congressman from North Carolina.”
And Ann Althouse catches the Washington Post trying to sweep it under the rug (they're too busy investigating the "Tea Party" for hate crimes, don't you know), and gives props to a reader who calls them out:
Here's how WaPo's Dave Wiegel minimizes the story:
But without any name or organizational support, just by riling up a member of Congress, the students have created the first conservative meme of the week. They seem to have learned from organizations such as ThinkProgress that any video of a member acting strangely, no matter how grainy, is grist for the Web.
And Wiegel is aptly embarrassed by the first comment:
You refer to this dismissively as "video of a member acting strangely." Sorry, this isn't so easily dismissed. It's video of a member acting thuggishly, committing an assault and battery. And it's video of a member who has the arrogance to claim he has a right to know the identity of someone who asked me a question on the street. He doesn't have any such right. What he has is the dangerous notion that he's exempt from the laws of the District of Columbia and from the dictates of a civil society. And by your so cavalierly dismissing his outrageous behavior, you're complicit.