The Daily Show: Oops, I did it again

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

We're only weeks away from this year's midterm elections. It's taken months - sometimes years - of intense planning and meticulous strategizing to keep a candidate on track to possible victory, and all of that can be wiped out by an egregious political gaffe.

So let's take a look at some of the biggest unforced errors by this midterm election's candidates.

Let's begin with California, where former governor (and always running for governor) Jerry Brown was just starting to win his most recent gubernatorial election against former eBay CEO Meg Whitman - all he needed to do was stay the course and he would become the governor once again.

"We're going to play a tape for you that has somebody on the Jerry Brown team calling Meg Whitman a name that is usually reserved for prostitutes," reported Fox News.

Desiree? Cinnamon? Lucinda J. Knobgobler?

All the news channels then went on to report the recording without saying the actual word (whore), only saying it rhymed with things like "war" and "snore." What is this, the worst Dr. Seuss book?

We're all grown-ups here: Is there anyone out in Basic Cable Land brave enough to use a word that is actually completely legal to say on television?

"If you're running against a woman and it's a close race, don't call her a whore I stay on the non-whore side of that line," said "Morning Joe's" Joe Scarborough.

Slow down there, Joey! You don't have to make up for everybody not saying "whore."

So it was a bit of an unforced error from the Brown camp, but compared to some of the races around the country, he's doing OK.

Republican congressional candidate Rich Iott, a Tea Party favorite from Ohio, dressed up in a German SS uniform for a Nazi reenactment.

The truth is this guy's not a Nazi; he's a history nerd. The guy likes doing reenactment - WWII, Civil War, War of the Roses. It's the kind of nuanced personal background so well understood in our modern media age.

"Was this some kind of homoerotic thing? What, do they put on these uniforms and dance around?" said Chris Matthews.

Homoerotic? They're not reenacting "300." Anyway, it was a classic unforced error.

You know, Ronald Reagan's first rule was never attack a fellow Republican, and his second was never dress up like a Nazi.

Of course for some candidates, like New York gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino, the unforced error is allowing TV cameras anywhere near you when you're speaking.

"I just think your children and my children would be better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don't want them to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option," Paladino said.

He was talking about gay teachers in public schools, making the case - to Orthodox religious folk! - that gay people will brainwash their children into dressing and acting in an unconventional manner.


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