Emerging from a week of seclusion and scandal linking him to a Washington escort service, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., returns to his duties on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Politicians do bad things, they get caught, and they apologize. Usually, these apologies fail to satisfy anyone because, as a rule, politicians apologize very badly. Most recently, after admitting to frequenting prostitutes, Senator David Vitter (R-LA) offered his "deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way." The apology was tepid, unconvincing, and rightly derided.
Vitter could have done better if he had listened to a group of linguists, psychologists, and anthropologists who have begun, over the last several decades, to understand why we say "I'm sorry" and what a successful apology looks and sounds like.
THEY'VE GOT TO BE PROTECTED, ALL THEIR RIGHTS RESPECTED, 'TILL SOMEONE WE LIKE CAN BE ELECTED. Over at the Atlantic, Ross Douthatresponds to Robert Kagan, who seeks to put the Bush administration in historical context. Kagan writes:
SUBSCRIPTIONS. TPM Election Central has gone through each campaign's filings to determine which publications they subscribed to in the last Month. As it turns out, Barack Obama is the only candidate to subscribe to the Nevada papers, Rudy Guliani subscribes to "A&E television networks" and everyone blew a heck of a lot of money on LexisNexis. Oh and Obama subscribes to... The American Prospect.
GENDER: A GOOD REASON TO VOTE FOR HILLARY BUT NOT THE ONLY REASON.Ezracriticizes my earlier post, saying that "insofar as it assumes that gender would be an insufficient reason to support Hillary Clinton." Insofar as Ezra is saying we should never vote for white men, I disagree with him too -- he just isn't saying that, just like I wasn't saying that we shouldn't take candidates' gender or race into account in our voting.