Today’s New York Times report on the many politicians out there who are issuing apologies these days neglects to include on its roster our own would-be governor, Republican Rep. Bob Beauprez.
Beauprez was in hot water this week for quoting false statistics on the rate of abortion among African American women.
On the New York Times list of sorry politicians:Maryland comptroller William Donald Schaefer, for anyone he’s offended in his entire career in politics, Republican Sen. Conrad Burns (sometimes; he hasn’t apologized about a comment about terrorists all driving cabs, although he did about an earlier remark saying that firefighters hadn’t done a “goddamn thing” to stop a wildfire), and Republican Sen. George Allen, under fire for calling a member of the audience at a campaign rally a “Macaca, or whatever that name is.”
The contrite caucus includes Mayor C. Ray Nagin of New Orleans (who said he was “very sorry” after calling the site of the World Trade Center a “hole in the ground”); Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., Democrat of Delaware, (who asked forgiveness after a C-Span microphone caught him saying “you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent”); a Florida Republican Congressional candidate, Tramm Hudson (who might have sunk his campaign by saying that blacks were bad swimmers); and Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, a Republican, (after using the term “tar baby” not long after the White House spokesman, Tony Snow, deployed the same phrase, which some consider to be a racist epithet).
I don’t know about you, but I think Beauprez ranks right up there. What do you think?