OK, sorry, no more lame puns. At least I don't go in for exterminator jokes.

Anyway, DeLay did apologize for his recent remarks threatening judges whose rulings in the Terri Schiavo case he didn't like. Well, sort of. Okay, he didn't really apologize for what he said-just for saying it too fervently:

"Sometimes I get a little more passionate, particularly the moment and the day that Terri Schiavo was starved to death," he said.

DeLay added that his criticism was expressed "in an inartful way and (I) should not have said it that way and I apologize for saying it that way."

One thing you can say for DeLay: he can take the heat much better than Trent Lott, who melted like butter. DeLay has been assailed on more fronts than Lott ever was, yet he still grimly hangs on. And it's nearly impossible to imagine DeLay going through all the contortions Lott did.

There's also this non-apology from John Cornyn:

I regret it that my remarks have been taken out of context to create a wrong impression about my position, and possibly be construed to contribute to the problem rather than to a solution.