Compassion in Action

What's up with the Congressman - does he not get a dose of compassion until he gets to the Capital?

North Carolina Congressman Bob Etheridge (D-Lillington) apologized Monday after a conservative blogger posted video on YouTube showing him in a confrontation with men carrying cameras on a Washington D.C. street. “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.”
It doesn't appear that the congressman was in any way provoked, despite his attempt to portray things that way. Of course, as a congressman fighting for reelection this year, being accused of supporting the president's agenda may be viewed as an act of war.