Democratic Congressman Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island was aggressively not arrested the other night when he narrowly missed hitting a police cruiser on Capitol Hill but successfully ran his car into a security barricade, staggered out of the car, announced he was a Member of Congress, and said he "was late for a vote."
At a quarter to three in the morning. Three hours after the House had adjourned for the night.
According to the Capitol Police union, two Capitol Police sergeants arrived and "ordered the patrol officers away from the scene" before a field sobriety test could be administered and DROVE HIM HOME.
I think we can safely assume that the Capitol cops made the connection that Patrick Kennedy is the son of Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.
Kennedy said he had consumed no alcohol prior to the incident, but several hours later his staff issued a statement saying he had "taken sleep medication and a prescription anti-nausea drug that can cause drowsiness."
I noted on Hannity & Colmes last night that if this were an isolated event, there was be some finger wagging and chest thumping but that would be it.
However, about six weeks ago Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was accused to slugging another member of the crack Capitol Hill police force.
She was not driven home. In fact, a federal grand jury has been looking into the matter.
So we have a Black Congresswoman from Georgia facing a federal rap for rapping a cop. And we have a White Congressman from Rhode Island having his hair ruffled and tucked in.
I further said that if the White Congressman from the Northeast had been a Republican, "Al Sharpton would have been here all day."
That's why I'm feeling badly for the Congressional Democrats this morning.
On a the Secret Decoder Ring page today: A link to the LA Times coverage of the Jefferson bribery case; and another to the Kennedy Driving-into-Barricades case; a very pleasant Mullfoto; and a Catchy Caption of the Day featuring the Asian Bun Festival.