Monday, December 31, 2007

The unforgiving minute

Kinsley's Law of Gaffes: It's not a gaffe when a politician accidentally tells a lie; it's a gaffe when they accidentally tell the truth. (Finally authenticated.)

Alas for Fred Thompson, who committed a serious gaffe over the weekend:

Republican Fred Thompson has long faced criticism he lacks motivation to be President of the United States, and the former Tennessee senator's latest comments Saturday may spark new criticism on that front.

"I'm not particularly interested in running for president," the former senator told voters at a campaign event in Burlington, Iowa when challenged by a an audience member over his desire to be commander-in-chief.

The campaign defended the remark, explaining that it was simply evidence of Thompson's disdain for the self-evidently dysfunctional process of presidential campaigning itself, and vigorously counter-attacking the media for punishing Thompson's candor.

Nevertheless, that moment had to have Thompson's staffers banging their heads on the table in horrified disbelief.

On the plus side, though, with Arthur Branch out of the picture, Jack McCoy finally got that promotion to New York District Attorney.

Minute's up.

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