One Equal World

Jonathan Capeheart and apologies

Posted on: March 30, 2012


Jonathan Capeheart over at the Washington Post used Rush Limbaugh’s non-apology as a stepping stone in an article to discuss apologies in general, and how Limbaugh compares to other figures in recent news.  Especially, he compares Limbaugh to former Republican National Committee Chair Ken Mehlman.

Capehart seems to have a real bone to pick with Limbaugh, basically condemning his words a non-apology.  He breaks down Mehlman’s own apology to see how the two of them compare.

Not surprisingly, to Jonathan Capehart, the difference is in not just saying the words, but also acting on them.

“Mehlman— as the 2004 reelection campaign manager for President George W. Bush — was a key part of a machine that denigrated the families and relationships of gay men and lesbians across the country. He was there when the GOP used the same-sex marriage issue to whip up the conservative base… I also acknowledged that Mehlman had already started down the road of redemption. He hasn’t given up.

In fact, in a Salon interview with Thomas Schaller last week, Ken Mehlmansaid something extraordinary.

“At a personal level, I wish I had spoken out against the effort,” he says. “As I’ve been involved in the fight for marriage equality, one of the things I’ve learned is how many people were harmed by the campaigns in which I was involved. I apologize to them and tell them I am sorry. While there have been recent victories, this could still be a long struggle in which there will be setbacks, and I’ll do my part to be helpful.”


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