For those of you who have not caught of glimpse of the Independent reporter Bob Geary's blog Citizen yet, he has had a gem up today about Rep. Etheridge's (D-2) desire to avoid any question relating to the war in Iraq:
The reason Etheridge wanted to get out of there, and did get out a couple of minutes later, was that all the questions were about Iraq, and the torture-rendition flights out of Johnston County, and he didn’t want to talk about either subject. “You can’t do everything,” he said to a woman who pressed him on his refusal to co-sponsor a particular House bill. “I haven’t looked at that one.”
The “that one” he hadn’t looked at was the main Democratic resolution calling for a 17-hour floor debate on Iraq. “You have to pick your fights in Congress,” Etheridge said. His point: Standing up for veterans rights is his issue. (All of Bragg and Pope AFB are in his district, he emphasized. So, btw, is part of Raleigh.) Whether we should be fighting in Iraq or not is not his issue.