If I were to make a list of all the reasons why I should never — ever — even think about running for political office, the very first thing I would jot down is my propensity for sticking my foot in it.
That is probably a vain consideration, but I think those who know me well enough would definitely consent with a nod and give me an assured thumbs up for prudence.
Mitt Romney recently showed that he’s not exempt from making idiotic political statements in public. Leaked undercover video or not, I am not about to make excuses for the man. His statements caught on tape were insensitive, offensive, and beyond foolish. Fortunately for him, he finds himself in good company. If you think this gaff should cost him the election, think again. He’ll need to do a lot better than that to keep up with the pros.
Welcome to the Gaffers’ Club
Exhibit A: During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama made this remark about people from Pennsylvania clinging to guns and religion because they were bitter with the government. Many people took offense a that.
Exhibit B: During that same campaign, in the same state of Pennsylvania, Obama made this remarks about not “punishing his daughters with a baby.” A lot of people took offense at that.
Exhibit C: In March of this year, Obama commented to the Russian President that he would be more flexible after his presumptive reelection. Whatever he meant, exactly, a lot of people took offense a that.
Exhibit D: Joe Biden. The man is just a heartbeat away form holding the highest office in the land. Enough said.
Should Romney be condemned for his latest political faux pas? Perhaps. But if he loses the election for that reason, then we truly are going to be faced with a serious problem. That problem is that if our culture is so fickle that it allows itself to be moved by mass media hype to the extent that it cannot face the issues that are at stake — namely, our the right to life and our religious freedom — then the ones who can truly say, “we’ve seriously blown it!” will have to be ourselves.