Wilson said he already apologized to Obama and that the president accepted it. However, he insisted that Obama "was misstating the facts," and that Democratic leaders in the House were "playing politics" by continuing to focus on the issue.
The controversy has shifted the focus of the heated health care debate by calling attention to claims by Republicans that a health care overhaul sought by Obama and Democrats would provide free insurance coverage for illegal immigrants.
That's about the right solution. The breach of decorum demanded an apology, but in the broader sense, Wilson shouldn't need to prostrate himself before the public, grovelling for forgiveness for a rightful indignation. As Brad has pointed out, there are bigger issues at play here, and distracting from those is a disservice to the debate.