I agree with you on these things for normal people -- but for people who are representing the people I think they owe it to society to review their feelings and own what they promote. I expect better and more thoughtfulness.<quoted text>
I forgot to address your second point - I believe we should all be open to learning new things about ourselves and others. This topic happened to hit close to home for the Senator, but hopefully his response helps him to realize that none of us is infallible and that he applies this knowledge and empathy to other issues he is face with.
It is great, though, that he did give it further thought. I hope he takes this as a lesson to review many of his thoughts on our countries issues because that is his responsibility that he took on in my view.