Bonjean: The Art of the Political Apology

Bonjean: The Art of the Political Apology


Like it or not, the race for 2020 has begun. Day by day the democratic field grows, with more and more presidential hopefuls throwing their hats into the ring. It’s a well-worn script. But there’s something else noticeably different this time around, the candidates are apologizing for past policy positions. This week on Politics with Amy Walter, the art of the political apology, who offers them, what makes them work and what happens when they fall flat.

We start with James Hohmann of The Washington Post who was one of the first to notice that many of the Democratic presidential candidates are starting out their races with apologies.

Stephanie Cutter is a Democratic strategist who worked on President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. She too has noticed all the apologies coming from the Democratic presidential candidates this election cycle.

Ron Bonjean is a Republican strategist. He has been a spokesperson for former Senate Republican Leader Trent Lott, and for former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. His take is more critical of these apologies.

Marjorie Ingall is a writer and one of the founders of Sorry Watch, a site that analyzes public apologies.