Fowler’s apology

ABC News has posted Teddy Davis’s story on Don Fowler’s formulaic apology for the glee with which he greeted Hurricane Gustav and its potential disruption of the Republican National Convention. ABC qutoes Fowler:

“One doesn’t anticipate that one’s private conversation will be surreptitiously taped by some right-wing nutcase,” said Fowler. “But that’s the nature of what we’re dealing with.”

We’re clearly dealing with more than that, but it’s good to have Fowler on record on the point.

JOHN adds: Fowler’s invocation of the “botched joke” excuse is also deserving of ridicule:

On Sunday, Fowler told The Associated Press that he was making fun of comments made by the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, said the attacks were God’s punishment for abortion, homosexuality and other sins.

“I don’t believe in a God that’s vengeful,” Fowler said. “I believe in a God that’s compassionate.”

So Fowler’s glee over the prospect of Louisiana being devastated by a hurricane was just a manifestation of his superior religious sensibility. Of course, no one who watched the video will take seriously Fowler’s suggestion that his enjoyment of the hurricane had anything to do with something Jerry Falwell said seven years ago. But some “excuses” aren’t intended to be believed.

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