But Gingrich succeeded in doing one thing. He made fools out of a lot of people. The first person he made a fool of was of course himself but his apology now takes him off the hook. The second was a group of people who go by the term of "journalist" who jumped all over Gingrich's remarks for the sake of controversey.
This was done relentlessly at CNN who discussed, analyzed, reported, and got constant reactions to Gingrich's remarks pretending they were anything but ludicrous and empty. And they did it because it suited their purposes to stir controversy over Sotomayor. Now of course with Gingrich admitting he went overboard CNN is left with egg on all their faces for giving credence to the ridiculous accusation in the first place although CNN didn't miss a beat talking about Gingrich's apology as if they knew all along his accusation was nonsense.
But the person Gingrich made a fool of the most was Barrack Obama, who when faced with having to defend his court nominee in the face of an empty, vicious, uncalled for, ludicrous and dishonest charge of being a racist, essentially caved in and gave credibility to the attack by saying Sotomayor had used a poor choice of words in her 2001 speech. In other words, it was her fault.
Now, in admitting he went overboard with his attack and that it was uncalled for and retracting it, Gingrich has shown up Obama as someone who just folded in the face of the most empty kind of political pressure and who virtually defended Gingrich's over the top attack by placing the blame on Sotomayor and her "poor word choice" in 2001.
So while Gingrich has now apologized and retracted his remarks, now its Obama's turn. He should stand up and publicly apologize to Sotomayor for being so spineless in the wake of the attacks made by Gingrich, Limbaugh and Tancredo and he should tell her "as clearly as he can", that he hopes she will display more courage as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court than he did in defending her nomination against a ridiculous Republican attack.