Bob Etheridge incident: What does he have to apologize for?
Rep. Bob Etheridge (D) has already apologized to two young men with whom he tussled after one asked the congressman if he supports Obama's agenda. Setup or no, the incident holds an old lesson for those in the public eye.
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Perhaps he wasn’t paying attention in 2002, either, when then-Senate majority leader Trent Lott (R) of Mississippi made remarks that appeared sympathetic to the South’s segregated past at a 100th birthday party for Sen. Strom Thurmond. Senator Lott resigned his leadership post shortly thereafter.Skip to next paragraph
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More recently, newly minted California GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina got in trouble when she was filmed criticizing the hairstyle of Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), the woman she hopes to defeat in the fall.
This is perhaps why many political figures always seem so guarded. They are watching their words carefully, in full knowledge that with a single misstep they can end their own careers, or at least damage them.
This was true in the days when the news cycle was 24 hours, and it is truer today, when the news cycle seems to be 24 minutes, on a slow day. In this era of video cellphones, everything a politician (or journalist) says can go viral, even if they say it at the end of a long day.
Almost sunset, in fact.
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