Someone needs to remind North Carolina Rep. Bob Etheridge that this here is the Internet age, that he is a public figure, and that high jinks like this scuffle, which hit the Web on Monday, should be avoided at all costs. Too late this time, Congressman.

Etheridge later apologized at a press conference and on his official website, saying, “I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction. … I have and I will always work to promote a civil public discourse.” The man the Democrat grabbed in the sidewalk incident said he was a student, but his identity was not immediately known.

Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, who once worked for Etheridge, said in an e-mail, “… I’m proud of Bob for taking responsibility and apologizing. …” –KA


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