Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Just Plain Folks

What's the best way to get caught in a gaffe? Have cameras follow you everywhere. Oh sure, the rest of us do stupid things, but if a middle manager falls in the woods and no one is there to capture it on his cell phone camera, is it still cause for Schadenfreude? No, the people who give us the greatest chuckles when they screw up are almost by definition our most accomplished representatives. And politicians top the list.

The political pundits tell us that what we want in a political candidate is somone just like us-- a person we'd like to have a beer with. But let's face it, if our candidates were jsut like us, they'd be eating re-heated $5 Little Ceasar's pizza from a TV tray while watching American Idol, not traveling from coast to coast asking for your vote.

The sheer effort, resources and ambition needed to take the national stage mean that successful politicians probably put you to shame. They're rich, polished,great public speakers and are admired by a sizeable portion of the population. Is there anything they can't do?

Well, there's bowling.

And Hillary Clinton isn't going to knock Madonna off the top of the charts any time soon.

See? They're not any better than you.

While you're enjoying that clip of Hillary, remember that it could be worse. At least she didn't sing the national anthem like this:

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