Friday, February 3, 2012

Political "gaffes," gag me...

I don't know about you, but I don't need to hear about "gaffes" any more…

Are these so-called political "gaffes" really interesting to anyone other than: 1) the cable news talking heads, 2) the endlessly and shamelessly banal commentators who are invited on the air by the talking heads, and 3) people who should have more of a life than getting excited about the "gaffes" uttered by our presidential primary candidates?

Some recent celebrity political "gaffes": Romney mentioned the words "very poor people" and "I don't care" in the same sentence…..Newt mentioned "man on the moon" without stipulating that he might have sort of been joking…and it goes on and on and on, propagated with high energy by the talking heads and the clips on You Tube.

Let's be honest, much of the time these so-called "gaffes" are really pretty ordinary utterances, if you consider the context of the time and place they were spoken, they just aren't that diabolical or nasty or doofus or socialistic or right-wing or whatever opprobrious adjective gets your heart started at this particular moment…..

Might they be the kind of uh-oh words or sentiments that Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Paul, Obama, Perry, Bachman, or Huntsman probably wish, in the ensuing nanoseconds, that they hadn't mentioned out loud?

So what?

Let's be fair, Romney's standing as a presidential candidate should have really, really nothing to do with the fact that he's worth more than $200 million and he mentioned "the very poor" in front of a camera, just ain't got nothing to do with his qualifications to be POTUS. About his REAL qualifications, well, right, let's talk…

So why do the news media and the talking heads use truckloads of ink and hours of prime air time and way too much bandwidth to repeat it endlessly, ask for learned and not-so-learned commentary, and "analyze" it ad nauseum?.........and by the way, have you noticed that on-air "analysis" usually amounts to Talking Head A asking Commentator B "What do you think, Bob?", and then Commentator B sagely reveals that "it could be this or it could mean that…"

I think Wolf Blitzer should be ashamed of himself when he allows "gaffe" stuff to take up time in the Situation Room, because, as the heroic, long-suffering American grunts loved to say in Vietnam, "it don't mean nothin', nothin' at all…."

Some other comments on political sanity:
Somebody tell the truth, please.....

President Obama's long view

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