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Opening Arguments

Did I just say that out loud?

Open mouth, insert foot:


INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Mike Pence, the Indiana congressman who is running for governor, is apologizing for a private reaction to the Supreme Court ruling. Fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill say he compared the ruling to the 9/11 tragedy.

On a conference call with Indiana reporters, Pence declined to provide the context of his remarks but said that he made an unfortunate statement.

"My remarks were thoughtless, and I apologize," he said.

Sometimes, we can argue all day about whether an analogy went too far. But when the speaker himself realizes the need for an immediate and unconditional apology, that's a pretty good sign that, yes, it was inappropriate. My favorite (if that's the right word)  over-the-top 9/11 metaphor was when CBC host Rod MacLean drew a comparison between hockey players and 9/11 responders. Sports guy, whatterya gonna do?