It certainly looked convincing. But I would be a lot more inclined to believe that this was a sincere, heartfelt apology instead of just another calculated political manoeuvre if she had done this TWENTY-FOUR HOURS AGO!
UPDATE: I'm wondering if Raitt's sudden remorse has anything to do with an overwhelming flood of angry messages at her constituency office. I'm thinking this after checking the keyword stats at my HaltonWatch blog, which has contact info for her constituency office:
I think maybe I'll take a drive by and see if there are any angry protesters.