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October 3, 2012
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September 21, 2012


On alternative energy, Mitt Romney just endorsed Hitler’s method of liquifying coal. Not a joke.

“Liquified coal. Gosh, Hitler during the second World War…”


Things no politician should ever say: Oh, that Hitler, he had such great ideas!

18:55 // 2 years ago
September 10, 2012
I’ll go ahead and say it – I think that I was not aware when I gave that speech that Jack Ryan was going to be sitting right there.
President Obama • Admitting to Bob Woodward that he regrets the incident in which he tore apart Paul Ryan’s budget plans right in front of him. He regrets it so much that he got Paul Ryan’s name right in his interview with Woodward. Maybe Obama just read “Patriot Games" again or something?
9:44 // 2 years ago
August 28, 2012
What I’m trying to suggest is I think lobbying is an honorable profession.
Montana Rep. (and Republican Senate candidate) Denny Rehberg • Speaking in front of the American League of Lobbyists last October. Know your audience. 
0:02 // 2 years ago
August 27, 2012

Not Just Todd Akin: The 10 worst political gaffes of the past decade

Here’s the final entry in our weekly summer post series, “The Pitch.” (We’ll bring this back at some point, we promise!) This post, written and research by Matthew Keys, examines what we’re calling the ten most-prominent political gaffes of the last decade or so. Follow Matthew on Twitter here.

From zero to infamy in 30 seconds: Before last week, Missouri Senate candidate and current Rep. Todd Akin didn’t have a national profile. He looked like he might take down Claire McCaskill thanks in part to changing demographics in the state. But thanks to a half-minute comment on the nature of abortion, Akin is down as much as ten points in a recent poll. He felt the wrath of the gaffe. And he’s not alone. Gaffes have taken on a life of their own in modern political coverage. So with that in mind, SFB contributor Matthew Keys (who you might know from his epic Twitter account) has thrown together a list of the worst gaffes of the past ten years. Which is the worst? Find out after the jump.

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22:31 // 2 years ago
August 21, 2012

Rep. Todd Akin asks for “Forgiveness,” via campaign ad. Does it work?

Perhaps he doesn’t plan to drop out? The Missouri Senate candidate, who was rumored to be dropping out as of yesterday afternoon, appears to be at least trying to salvage his campaign right now, releasing this ad. Akin didn’t have the best day on Monday, facing sharp rebukes from his own party and skipping out on “Piers Morgan Tonight” at the very last second. Akin drew stern criticism over the weekend after he claimed that women couldn’t get pregnant from “legitimate rape” — a claim that suddenly gives Claire McCaskill a chance to win re-election.

7:22 // 2 years ago
August 11, 2012
Amazing gaffe by Romney: “Join me in welcoming the next president of the United States: Paul Ryan!” Not vice president. President.

Amazing gaffe by Romney: “Join me in welcoming the next president of the United States: Paul Ryan!” Not vice president. President.

9:31 // 2 years ago
June 21, 2012
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June 15, 2012
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June 10, 2012

The Obama “private sector” gaffe — is it as bad as it looks?

  • cause During a Friday press conference, President Obama used the phrase “the private sector is doing fine” in comparison to the quickly-shrinking public sector at the state level.
  • reaction The political press and many Republicans — specifically the Romney camp — saw this phrase as an obvious gaffe on the part of the president and leaped on it, making it a major issue.
  • response Obama’s senior advisor, David Axelrod, dodged deftly, bringing it back to the original point Obama was making. “It’s certainly doing better than the public sector,” he explained. source

» Was Obama’s point valid? It sounded like a pretty good gaffe to some, but Slate’s Dave Weigel thinks that the nuances of the point might’ve been lost on folks looking for a soundbite. As Weigel notes, the public sector at the state level has lost 600,000 jobs under Obama — which, by the way, the GOP is OK with, because they want to see the government shrink anyway. And as public sector and private sector unemployment are counted in the unemployment rate, it’s ultimately part of the reason the unemployment rate has stayed high. “It’s easier to pretend that the president doesn’t care about the private sector, and unemployment,” Weigel notes, “and hope that the media runs with the zinger instead of explaining some pretty rudimentary macroeconomics.”

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11:11 // 2 years ago