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  •  Agreed, these are not "gaffes" (6+ / 0-)

    A gaffe is when a politician makes a slip or a stupid move that reflects badly on his/her public image, like Dukakis riding in the tank or Ford saying that Eastern Europe wasn't under Soviet influence.  Or Kerry saying "I was before it before I was against it," to use a more recent example.

    When you stake your claim on the ideological highway, put your extremist beliefs in black-and-white in your book: it ain't no gaffe, it's who you are.

    Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set... -- Gandalf

    by dnta on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 02:16:57 PM PDT

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    •  actually (5+ / 0-)
      In U.S. politics, a Kinsley gaffe (or "gaffe in Washington") is an occurrence of someone telling the truth by accident.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      Perry made a Kinsley gaffe by telling people what he truthfully thought.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 02:24:27 PM PDT

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      •  except that he didn't accidentally tell the truth (2+ / 0-)
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        he made an argument for his position against SS

        that is not a gaffe.

        Since when has any fanatic been held back by the improbability of their righteous mission? - Bill on True Blood

        by Anton Bursch on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 02:32:48 PM PDT

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      •  Or speaking what is on their mind at that moment (0+ / 0-)

        without having their handlers' hands over their mouths.

        "Don't dream it, be it" - Brad, Janet and Frank

        by captainlaser on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 03:40:34 PM PDT

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      •  A Quotation from Marx (Groucho) (2+ / 0-)
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        Hotel proprietor Mr. Hammer (Groucho) is pitching woo to wealthy widow Mrs. Potter (Margaret Dumont):

        Mr. Hammer: I mean, if we had a nice little bungalow where we could bill and cow... I mean where we could bull and cow... I mean...

        Mrs. Potter: Do you know what you're trying to say?

        Mr. Hammer: Yes, but it's not what I'm thinking of.

        The Cocoanuts (1929)

        Big Joe Helton: "I pay Plenty."
        Chico Marx: "Well, then we're Plenty Tough."

        by Caelian on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 04:21:53 PM PDT

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        •  ...and ANOTHER excellent (1+ / 0-)
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          cinematic reference.

          Perhaps the gaffe was the product of the bull and cow?

          Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

          by tom 47 on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 06:57:57 AM PDT

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