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RNC: These Aren’t Gaffes.



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The RNC offers a new video this morning, entitled, “These aren’t gaffes.”

If the statements from President Obama are indeed gaffes, what is particularly troubling for him is that he keeps accidentally misspeaking in a way that just happens to reinforce his foes’ criticism of him – that he is all talk and no action, that his desire to see his policies work causes him to underestimate how persistent and severe the unemployment rate is, that he sees the private sector as essentially subservient to the government’s will, and ultimately dependent upon government for its success…

In other words, it’s not a mere gaffe — “Is our children learning?” — but a Kinsley gaffe: “when a politician tells the truth–or more precisely, when he or she accidentally reveals something truthful about what is going on in his or her head.”


Tags: Barack Obama , RNC


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