It's not an apology, but Newt Gingrich admits that calling Sonia Sotomayor a racist was wrong:
My initial reaction was strong and direct -- perhaps too strong and too direct. The sentiment struck me as racist and I said so. Since then, some who want to have an open and honest consideration of Judge Sotomayor's fitness to serve on the nation's highest court have been critical of my word choice.
With these critics who want to have an honest conversation, I agree. The word "racist" should not have been applied to Judge Sotomayor as a person, even if her words themselves are unacceptable (a fact which both President Obama and his Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, have since admitted).
Asking Sotomayor to clarify her position on the issue is a reasonable approach.
Labeling Sotomayor a 'racist' is the same hateful, violence-inciting behavior that has typified the right wing Republican approach to politics.
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