one has previously committed, has not committed, and would not likely commit, all in an effort to reduce one’s culpability for the central action in question. This is similar to a strategy employed by jewish grandmothers, where one apologizes for all things that have ever happened, whether good or bad.
Dave: … so my apologies to subjecting them to that vulnerability and being brow-beaten and humiliated, it never occured to me, and as a matter of fact Alan Coulter kept wanting to know if we’d had sex, do you remember that Alan?
Alan: I did and I don’t remember.
Dave: So I’ll just say I’m terribly sorry … And now, also because what can it hurt, once again I’d like to apologize to the former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin…