Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson today apologized for calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. "Is it right to call for assassination? No, and I apologize for that statement," he said in a written statement. Earlier -- and despite video evidence to the contrary -- Robertson had insisted he was misquoted claiming "I didn't say 'assassination.' I said our special forces should 'take him out'."
I'm glad our national consciousness is still such that some behavior is simply not acceptable in the public discourse. Hubris was behind the call for assassination. The humbling effects of having to apologize could potentially do Robertson a world of good.