And this guy wants to talk about hair?

Imus overkill

Serial apologizer

I've never heard the radio program of Don Imus, but whoever — whatever — he is, he at least deserves credit for knocking the paternity of Anna Nicole Smith's baby off the airways. That's some power.

Since calling the Rutgers University women's volleyball team "nappy-haired ho's" the cable channels have been as frantic as a diarrhetic cat in a frozen sandbox to bring out every available talking head to tsk-tsk and tut-tut and wag a finger of condemnation for saying such a scurilous thing.

Since then, Imus himself has been everywhere proclaiming that he's "a good person" who just happened to say something stupid. Apparently it's not the first time he's let his mouth get away from him, so this puts him squarely in the category of serial apologizer.

If this story follows the now normal trajectory, Imus will soon be checking in to rehab.

I've been amazed at how many people want to rationalize and excuse his behavior. (And by the way, where's Dick Cheney when there's truly "bad behavior" to be called out?) He insults everyone, they say. He does good works, others say. What's the big deal? others ask, Haven't you listened to the lyrics of rap music?

There's no shortage of people who want to brand this an example of racism, just as there was no shortage when movie star Mel Gibson and comedian Michael Richards went off on their diatribes. That kind of ugliness comes from somewhere, they say, and they suggest that that somewhere is deep-seated racism. That may be the case, but I think it misses the point.

Whether or not people's experience and upbringing has left them with feelings of racial or ethnic superiority over others who don't look just like them, the point is that most of us recognize these feelings as unworthy and unjustified and strive to overcome them, if possible, or suppress them, for second best. If the truth could be known, there's probably latent racism (or almost any other ism you care to suggest) among a wide swath of humanity.

Perhaps it's time for manners and deportment to be reintroduced in the curriculum. Can't we all just get along?

This just in: North Caroline attorney general declares Duke lacrosse players "innocent." Imus has had his minutes of infamy — now the media are onto the redemption of the fine young "heroes" and the scandal of justice nearly miscarried.