While I was watching Huck's show Saturday in an attempt to get to his announcement at the end, I was surprised by the gullibility of one of his guests. The Concerned Women of America (don't know her name) leader remarked how she was impressed with Tim Pawlenty's apology for his past support for Cap and Trade and that she thought that Mitt Romney should have done the same for his health care plan. Does she really think that Tim Pawlenty has internally repudiated his previous thoughts on Cap and Trade? Does she not understand that he is just apologizing because Cap and Trade is no longer a popular position to take within the Republican Party?
Then there was Newt doing everything but kiss Paul Ryan's rear today. Why should Newt apologize for disagreeing with Ryan's plan? Are we not allowed to debate this issue? Ryan's plan is a conversation starter. It will not turn into law, I guarantee you. There will be significant compromise, or there will be no plan at all. Republicans might as well start talking about how they are going to compromise. There is no chance in hades that Ryan's plan passes the Senate without significant change now or after 2012.
But either way, can we please stop apologizing for public policy choices? You apologize when you hurt somebody's feelings, not when you take a stand on an issue.