Bob "Huggie Bear" Etheridge concedes with a 'Woe Is Me' type of speech that only Democrats can seem to pull off (See Wrangle, Charlie).
In a statement from his campaign, the seven-term congressman said, "The combination of the national tide that swept the country, massive amounts of secret corporate cash funding a campaign of distortions, and dirty politics by Washington D.C. partisan operatives was just too much to overcome."
Let's break this down one by one.
Why at was the cause of the national tide? An out of touch Congress not listening to their constituents.
Massive amounts of secret spending? As Robert Stacy noted, he outspent Rep.-elect Ellmers 3 to 1. To put that into perspective, Bob must grab the necks of three college students and slur uncontrollably, "Who're You?!" compared to the one neck he grabbed in his now famous video.
Dirty political party tricks. It's only dirty when the other side does it. And somehow manages the politician in question to grab a guy across the throat. Dirty. Completely dirty.
And partisan operatives. Duh. It's an election year and they are in the opposing party. As much as they are the party of stupid, Republicans have proved they can learn a thing or two from 'Macacca'.
A bit of a mea culpa here. It was all to easy to dogpile on Bob "Colombian Necktie" Etheridge when the video first hit the internet. I missed the obvious connection that it was orchestrated in part by the RNCC. At the very least, by someone who equipped the two operatives and sent them into the streets where they knew Nancy Pelosi and several other Democrat members of Congress were having a meeting. It was pure luck that Bob "Full Nelson" Ethridge in some sort of drunken stupor* when he asked them, "Who're you?"
Now he's history. Make no mistake however, Etheridge was no more "TMZ'd" than George Allan was.
Congratulations, Rep.-elect Ellmers. I've waited a long time to say that.
*And he has still yet to deny it. It's the seriousness of the charge outweighs any burden of proof. Don't look at me like that. It's their rules. I just live by them.