Okay, I know it would be really fun to make a big deal out of Michele Bachmann’s gaff where she confused John Wayne and John Wayne Gacy. However, every candidate makes gaffs and this one was really more of a mixup. Concentrating on the gaffs doesn’t really seem to have much effect in the overall campaign and can leave one side scratching their heads when the candidate wins because they didn’t take the candidate seriously and the other side voted, not taking the gaff seriously.
I mean, EVERY candidate makes a few boo-boos when doing speeches. I know I would. Obama has, Bush did (both of them), Clinton did, Reagan did, and I’m sure Carter/Ford/Nixon/and so on did. Sure, they can be embarrassing. However, there just isn’t too much of a point to them unless they reveal some real problem (such as the person really doesn’t have a grasp of basic knowledge as opposed to a verbal slip, evidence of racism, and so on).
Admittedly, I am taking a whole post to talk about this. I sure found it funny and frankly it made me smile because some of Michele Bachmann’s politics scare me because they seem as radical as Sarah Palin (Though I also admit that I can’t seem to listen to her long enough to weigh her completely as a candidate. I tend to shut off when she says something radical enough to make me shut down, as many candidates do- Republican or Democrat).
Heck, I was going to talk about how glad I was that Hugh Hefner found himself a new girl after being jilted by his fiancée. What are the odds he’d be able to scrape himself back together after being dumped and find a new girl? I’m proud of him. It can’t be easy for him to find someone. Sure, I’m still not quite sure whether the new girl is Anna Sophia Berglund or Shera Bechard (although apparently Hef has reported that his girlfriend is Shera and Anna is just a “friend”). Regardless, I’m happy that he was finally able to find someone to replace what’s her name (his former bride) and I was going to talk about that until Michele Bachmann’s John Wayne/John Wayne Gacy gaff distracted me, just like I’m trying to convince you not to be.
Frankly, it doesn’t seem to even be that big of a gaff, other than what it sounds like from the juxtaposition of John Wayne and John Wayne Gacy. From what the article linked above reports, Bachmann didn’t even really confuse the two people. She was just in Waterloo, Iowa and referred to it as the hometown of John Wayne. Apparently John Wayne was from Winterset, Iowa. John Wayne Gacy was apparently from Waterloo. She just confused their towns, not the actual people themselves.
As such, I don’t think this is really a big deal, though it was funny. I think if we focus too much on the gaffs then the side that might have voted for her anyway might rally behind her, perceiving her unfairly attacked for a simple blunder, while the other side sits laughing and fails to engage her effectively in order to defeat her. I’m saying that focusing too much on gaffs might possibly propel candidates to victory that horrify you later. It isn’t like this sort of thing has never happened before. Just be careful.