After his dis of Mississippi last week (he wondered why anyone would want to live there) and fallout from Mississippi politicians, Congressman Charles Rangel officially apologized.

There is no excuse for my having said that. I am fully aware that every American loves their respective state and city and I'm afraid that my love and affection for New York got in the way of my common sense and judgment, and for that I sincerely apologize.

U.S. Representative Chip Pickering of Mississippi accepts the apology, saying, "Mississippians are forgiving folks." Well, it's one state down and forty-eight more for Rangel to potentially offend.

Pickering also said that Rangel has nothing to worry about Mississippi cooking - referring to Rangel's post-apology joke that he'd visit Mississippi once he got a food taster.

Related: Gotham Gazette has a compilation of essays about what people can look forward to after the election.