Saturday, August 14, 2004

A Gaffe is When You Tell The Truth

Expanding on John Pitney's post below, I'm reminded of Michael Kinsley's observation that "a gaffe is when you tell the truth"--that is, say what you actually think. Bush and the folks around him really do want to move toward some form of radical tax reform, either a flat tax or national sales tax, as a replacement for the current income tax system. Kerry and the folks around him really don't think that the president has taken sufficiently into account the beliefs and needs of our allies, or those of the public in the Middle East, hence "sensitivity." In both cases, taking these and running with them is intellectually justifiable, since the "gaffe" expresses what the other camp actually believes.

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