Guest Istapundit Brannon Denning makes what might be a clever point based on a reasonable comparison – if it weren’t a tortured point based on an absurd comparison:
Mitt Romney apologized for using the term “tar baby” to describe the Big Dig debacle. Can we save the public shaming for public officials who actually intend their comments to be offensive? Like, say, Mel Gibson?
How short-sighted of critics to focus on the offensive comments of a prominent governor and presidential aspirant rather than those of a celebrity crank, right? I mean, these are probably the same critics who think that George Bush lying about intelligence to sell a war was more important than Usher implying to his fans that he had cheated on his girlfriend in order to sell an album.
A silly shielding attempt, for sure… but at the heart of the matter is this: it’s conceivable and IMHO likely that Mitt Romney meant nothing by his comment — do you believe he secretly hates black people? — while there’s no plausible interpretation of Mel Gibson’s remarks which doesn’t end in “crazy jew-hating nutso.”