Astute politicians know that voters have a short memory. Voters can also be very forgiving, perhaps to their peril. Apologies such as here from political candidates in trouble are pro forma and certainly give the appearance of repentance. But as a former boss of mine in Washington DC would say “perception is reality.” This is certainly true for a non-thinking person. What matters in Washington is what people believe about Ms. Clinton, not what is actually true. If it looks like the candidate is sorry and repentant and will change their ways then it must be true. Not.
Voters must side step these pro forma apologies and pay attention to how a candidate has actually behaved in office. What did they accomplish? Just how wide was the path of destruction? Candidates must be held accountable to their record, not a misleading perception.