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    They will fight in the restaurants, they will fight on the front lawns ….

    They will fight in the restaurants, they will fight on the front lawns ….

    The story about a Rutgers professor confronting Rep. Paul Ryan at a Washington, D.C., restaurant over the cost of wine ordered by people at Ryan’s table rightly has been criticized, including by me.

    But most of the criticism deals with the professor being a busy-body and snoop, not to mention a hypocrite.

    But this statement by “someone close to” Ryan, reprinted in a Byron York article about how the professor will not answer any questions, highlights perhaps a more important point (emphasis mine):

    “I would hope that it was just one woman who had a little too much to drink and had a little too much fire in her belly and just decided to cross a line.  Paul is more than happy to have a debate and understands that people disagree with him, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to do that.”

    There is a disturbing tendency recently for liberals upset with non-liberal politicians to take the fight to places where the fight should not be taken.

    A restaurant is one such place.  Are we now to confront politicians with whom we disagree every time they go out to eat?

    It would have been bad enough for the professor to be snapping photos and then running to TPM, but the confrontation in the restaurant took it to another level, and could — by her own initial account — have resulted in physical violence between her husband and the guests at Ryan’s table.

    We see this with increasing frequency, as SEIU sends protesters to the homes of politicians, immigration activists attempt to intimidate neighbors of an Attorney General, and high level Democrats threaten to punch Republican politicians.  The mobs in Wisconsin were the embodiment of this “get in their face” attitude, the fulfillment of Obama’s suggestion during the 2008 that people get in their neighbors’ faces.

    One of these days, someone is going to get hurt.


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    LukeHandCool | July 11, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Would you rather wake up to find yourself the spitting image of Paul Ryan seated in a restaurant drinking $350 wine with a couple of friends on a chilly night, the three of you draped in $3,500 albino mink stoles … looking up to find a furious Professor Feinberg with her trembling hand on one of your bottles of wine … your other bottle of blood-red wine in the hands of her Professor of Animal-Rights-Activism best friend … OR … would you rather wake up to find yourself with a severe case of Tourette’s Syndrome at a Hamas meeting, unable to get the phrase “Muhammad was a false prophet!!” out of your head?

    LukeHandCool (who was inspired by his son and his son’s friends who played the “Would you rather (gross/scary thing) OR (gross/scary thing)” game for over an hour as he drove them home from the waterpark … and who was being driven crazy, but who had to admit the boys’ imaginations were quite something).

    grackle | July 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Sometimes it’s kind of dangerous to interrupt folks at a restaurant. But of course in Ryan’s case the interrupter was a woman so he couldn’t respond in any physical way. Also, this was in Texas, not D.C. As I recall the man, considerably younger than Henry B., was getting a lot of ridicule for pressing charges and dropped them. Gonzalez was said to put on the gloves and work out on a speed bag every morning until well into his 70’s.

    González was referred to as a “communist” in 1986 by a man at Earl Abel’s restaurant, a popular San Antonio eatery. The 70 year-old representative responded by punching him in the face. González was acquitted of assault for this incident.”

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