I know of few politicians who openly admitted they were wrong, unless you count the ones who were the subject of presentencing reports. Pardon the generality, but I believe it’s true. Rather than express regrets, elected officials — as well as a certain member of the Angelos family of Baltimore — are more likely to double down and fight, even if the fight seems stupid. With hyper partisanship in abundance and shamelessness in short supply, admitting a mistake in public is considered weakness. A politician who reflects on a defeat and says he learned something from it? That’s rare.
Dan Rodricks: In Arundel, his constituents teach Steuart Pittman a lesson
January 27, 2023