More Republican gaffes

I'm not much of a strict nitpicker who considers any gaffe by a political campaign to be a huge black mark against them, but I am easily amused. So even though I don't consider these really much of an issue politically, I was just too amused by two gaffes made by the McCain-Palin campaign that I just need to mention them.

The first is a speech by McCain in Pennsylvania, where McCain tries to pander to the audience by contrasting himself with Obama's supporters, but instead ends up with a rather awkward moment as he misspeaks:

I think you may have noticed that Senator Obama's supporters have been saying some pretty nasty things about western Pennsylvania lately. ... And you know? I couldn't agree with them more. ...

Like the phone conversation where McCain supposedly rejects Spain, which I think was a miscommunication resulting from a garbled phone conversation, I interpret his remarks as a slip of the tongue that is meaningless politically. But it's hard not to find it amusing. However, I'd be mighty annoyed yet again if the McCain campaign tries mind-blowing contortions to make things look like McCain said exactly what he meant to say but that everyone else misinterpreted him.

The second gaffe is the news about Palin's $150,000 wardrobe. While I completely understand the McCain-Palin campaign's need to make Palin and her family look sharp for the cameras, I can't help but feel a bit of cognitive dissonance with their effort to make Palin seem like an average American hockey mom. Having several years' worth of the average American's income spent within a couple of months on clothes and accessories tends to do that.

As I said, I don't really think these gaffes are meaningful politically, and I don't consider them examples of disdain for average people or hypocrisy, but they're pretty amusing. It makes me wonder if my satire about the Republican Party trying to be funny contains a kernel of truth ...

5 thoughts on “More Republican gaffes”

  1. I know the Republicans are elitist bastards that only care about 5% of the population ;) , so that's not an issue. But I thought they were trying to cultivate an image Palin being one of the poor folk (sad to say this, but the middle-class is increasingly becoming the poor :( ), but this news completely destroys that impression. I just can't get a handle on what the Republican strategy is. ^_^;;

    Or maybe they don't have a strategy at all, which is why their actions keep breaking my brain ...

  2. Sarah Palin provides us with more hilarious moments when she points to her wedding ring as proof of her frugality. Not only was the ring a mere $35, but she had to buy it herself! Todd, it's nice being frugal and all, but that sounds a bit too cheap ...

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