The science of the gaffe: Mitt Romney likes to fire people

A good, quick read here. And it nicely explains my problem with current politics.

We have a system where it’s goofy statements and ethical transgressions that tank campaigns instead of disastrous platforms. Kerry was sunk thanks to Swiftboaters and decontextualized nonsense about “I voted for it before I voted against it”, which was perfectly legitimate in how he meant it. Al Gore got torn to shreds over supposed self-aggrandizing claims that were anything but. To this day, anyone who jokes about Al Gore creating the internet and meaning it makes my blood pressure spike 30 or 40 points.

But that’s just where we are. Rick Santorum can equate gay marriage to bestiality and still be considered a viable candidate, as long as he doesn’t drop a gaffe that’s easy to exploit.


One response to “The science of the gaffe: Mitt Romney likes to fire people

  1. I think it needs to be pointed out, that if you use the most well know spelling  of the word bane, as in Bain  Capital , it is defined as follows:


       [beyn]  Show



    a person or thing that ruins or spoils: Gambling was the baneof his existence.


    a deadly poison (often used in combination, as in the names of poisonous plants): wolfsbane; henbane.


    death; destruction; ruin.


    Obsolete . that which causes death or destroys life:entrapped and drowned beneath the watery bane.


    Sounds like a pretty good
    description of what Bain Capital did to a lot of companies and their employees.

    Maybe this is a little obscure
    for the “common masses”, but I find it an interesting coincidence.  Maybe a Demo Pac should hit home on this.

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