The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today’s winner is Republican Congressman Rep. Patrick McHenry. He gets the award for the following.

A North Carolina congressman has apologized for calling a contract employee in Baghdad a “two-bit security guard.”

Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., used that term when talking about a visit to Iraq where he was denied access to a gymnasium. “It was a poor choice of words to describe a foreign contractor,” McHenry said in a statement.

McHenry was recorded at a local Republican fundraising dinner talking about his visit and being annoyed when he was denied gym privileges while staying in VIP quarters in the pool house of a palace once used by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. A copy of the video is available on YouTube.

While some reports have said McHenry was referring to a U.S. service member, McHenry and his staff said the person was a contractor providing security at the embassy.

It was incorrectly reported at this blog that McHenry was calling a soldier a ‘two-bit security guard’. I’m going to The Think Progress post and one of its critics blogger Michael Goldfarb in another post.

Now back to McHenry. Even if it was a contractor, his behavior is out of line. Both bloggers Don Surber and Ed Morrissey agree with me. A contractor in Iraq is putting himself in danger for this nation. He or she deserves more than to be treated like shit by some spoiled congressman. The lack of respect Congressman Rep. Patrick McHenry has for people putting their lives on the line in Iraq is why I name him today’s Knucklehead of the Day,

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