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Gaffe inflation

I’m in Berlin, so I’d have to get up at 3AM to watch the debate tonight, which I’m unlikely to do since tomorrow is a work day. But, I expect Palin will do better than expected, although not better than we’re expecting to expect her to do. And the media will seize on some stumbles by Biden so they can avoid the appearance of piling on Palin. In fact, we’re already seeing some gaffe inflation.

A gaffe used to be not just a mistake but one that really hurts a candidate’s standing. Biden’s thinking that FDR presided over the 1929 crash and that folks had TVs back then is a little bit of dumbness about history, but not a true gaffe because it doesn’t reveal a reason to give up your vote for him. McCain talking about the Iraq-Pakistan border is more of one, but since no one believes McCain is that ill-informed, we instead chalk it up to a mere momentary slip of the brain. No, a true gaffe is genuinely not knowing what the Bush Doctrine is or being able to name only a single Supreme Court case you disagree with.

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But, because the media are afraid that they look like they’re going after Palin — AKA Doing Their Job — I expect any small error or misstep made by Biden tonight to be elevated to full gaffe level.

Too bad. It used to be a useful term. I hate to lose it just because the media want to appear balanced in an unbalanced contest.

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5 Responses to “Gaffe inflation”

  1. I almost feel sorry for her. While spewing generalities and not answering the questions, she has the look of a scared college student during an oral exam she (or he) is not prepared for. I hope she gets pressed for answers tonight and her lack of knowledge becomes apparent. We don’t need another ignorant BS-er as Vice President or President.

  2. I’m assuming the reaction tomorrow will be “PALIN EXCEEDS ALL EXPECTATIONS!!!” no matter if she trips on something and sits in a cake while having no idea about the economy.

    But I was wrong about the pres debate (Obama seems to have come out the clear winner) so go America!

  3. I ll defenetly be watchin my favourite soap opera tonight
    give me a call if you wanna share it somewhere

    got a new number though, will send it

  4. Gaffe like that in the future will cost milion dollars to the next governament, but worried about the expense?

  5. I had a nightmare last night, skating hordes of moose-faced hockey moms circled under the full moon, recitating the nuclear launch codes a capella… Black magic, I tell’ya… The Veep Priestess Palina raised her hands and winked at the moon as the powers of the defunct Master John of Undoings were hers at last, to let her live her destiny as Joan Of The Hockey Stick, the new Voice of America on Mainstreet Avenue…
    And then a dark cloud of diluvian folksiness filled the sky and erupted into strong pungent winds, a nasty burp in History…
    The icecaps melt. “More water dilutes pollution”.
    And that was it.

    I woke up and made some coffee.
    Out of the window rain poured on the ruins of Capitol Hill.

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