Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Hayworth’s Fake Apology

Tea party wannabe JD Hayworth is scrambling after it came to light that he starred in an infomercial telling people how to get “free money” from the government, something that is obviously at odds with his sudden anti-government stance to woo the tea party crowd. So now he’s apologizing. Kind of.

John McCain’s Republican primary challenger said Thursday he regrets taping an infomercial on behalf of a company accused of taking advantage of consumers.

“I should not have made the ad. It was a mistake,” J.D. Hayworth said in a statement released late Thursday.

But then he shows just how disingenuous this apology is:

The former congressman and talk-radio host said he didn’t completely check out National Grants Conferences before agreeing to serve as its pitchman.

But the problem is not that this company was somehow a bad apple among similar companies that were more honest. The problem is that the whole concept is a scam and is clearly contrary to the ethos of cutting government spending. So the problem is not that he didn’t “completely check out” the company, the problem is that three years ago he saw nothing wrong with urging people to find ways to get free government money. And now he suddenly has to pretend otherwise.