Forgive? Forget it!

So says Steve Chapman in a very nice column today about public figures whoss less than credible apologies shouldn’t earn our forgiveness.

Aside from Pete Rose, obviously, the list includes Stephen Glass, Oliver North, G. Gordon Liddy, Dan Rostenkowski and Arnold Schwarznegger.

Chapman’s model for penance “is the Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV, who, after being excommunicated for defying the pope, stood outside the papal castle for three days, barefoot in the snow, before he was granted clemency.”

He concludes: “Rose, Glass and the others may have won mercy from the Almighty. If they want it from the rest of us, though, I’d say: Take off your shoes and go stand in the snow. When your 72 hours is up, we’ll forgive you. Maybe.”