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April 08, 2008

Presidential Candidate Makes Monumental Gaffe On Iraq At Today's Hearings

No, not McCain's spit-second misspoken word, immediately corrected.

I mean Obama confusing Iraq and Iran.

U.S. AMBASSADOR TO IRAQ RYAN CROCKER: Senator, as I said in my statement, we have no problem with a good, constructive relationship between Iran and Iraq. The problem is with the Iranian strategy of backing extremist militia groups and sending in weapons and munitions that are used against Iraqis and against our own forces.

OBAMA: Do we feel confident that the Iraqi government is directing these -- this aid to these special groups?

Do we feel confident about that, or do we think that they're just tacitly tolerating it? Do you have some sense of that?

ZOMFG!!! ZOMFG!!! He's too stupid to tell the difference between Iraq and Iran!!! And he never even corrected himself!!

EPIC WIN!!! EPIC WIN!!111!!!


Anyone think Osama's -- oops, I mean Obama's; sometimes people accidentally say or write the wrong word in a pair of similar and closely-connected words -- gaffe will get the attention that McCain's own ZOMFG!! EPIC WIN!!11 EPIC WIN!!11!!! quarter-second "gaffe" is getting?

Here's the vid. The Obama boner -- or "Oboner," as I will so cleverly term his latest in a long line of miscues in contemporaneous speaking -- occurs at 1:12-1:14.

Thanks to Liberrocky for the "Oboner."

Incidentally, in responding to an Alice H. tip today, I wrote "Thanks Alas" rather than "Thanks Alice."

Good thing I'm not running for president, or else the MSM and Media Matters (but I repeat myself) would find that an unforgivable mistake as well.

How This Happens: Perhaps this is obvious -- or should be -- but I'll explain it to the MSM, because I was just talking about this phenomenon recently-- the typo, typed or actually spoken, of a rhyme or similar world substituted for the right one.

I know nothing about brain functions except how my own works. And how others' work, too, because they say this is exactly what accounts for it.

Your brain has a lot of routine-function processing power. Let's call this your Stupid Brain. Your Stupid Brain is good for mundane tasks, so long as they're simple and do not not require much minding from your smart brain, or Active Brain.

When you write or speak quickly, your Active Brain is actually putting sentences and thoughts together. But your Active Brain is actually usually 1 to 2 seconds and maybe five to ten words ahead of your Stupid Brain. When your Active Brain figures out what it wants to say, it dumps the thought to the Stupid Brain and trusts the Stupid Brain to execute its orders properly. So while you're actually speaking or writing, your Active Brain has actually moved on further into the sentence or paragraph and isn't actively engaged anymore in the actual process of communication.

Actual communication of thoughts is left to the Stupid Brain.

Thus a "Thanks Alice" -- a perfectly simple executable communication order from the Active Brain -- gets garbled as "Thanks Alas" by the Stupid Brain actually doing the typing as the Active Brain has already moved on to more interesting thoughts (in this case, porn, most likely).

McCain was already on the next thought with his Active Brain as his Stupid Brain fumbled "Sunni" and went for the closely related and basically similar word "Shiite." Ditto Obama asking whether or not the "Iraqi government" funds special terrorist groups attacking itself -- his brain had moved on ahead in the sentence leaving his Stupid Brain to parse between Iraqi and Iranian.

This crap is so obvious I'm disgusted I have to explain it. Everyone in the MSM knows this. They make their jobs writing and they know how brain-fart typos occur. They know they mean to write "conscious" but somehow the fingers trip out the word "conscience" anyhow, or vice versa.

Or even, for me, "concussion" on occasion. The Stupid Brain does the best it can, after all.

And yet here were are.

I wrote a long time ago that the media attempts to portray every single Republican candidate as Stupid, Crazy, Evil, or Out of Touch (Old) or combinations thereof. Every single one.

Eisenhower: Stupid, Out of Touch (Old)

Nixon: Crazy and Evil

Ford: Stupid, Out of Touch

Reagan: Crazy, Stupid, Evil and Out of Touch (Old) (the first recorded four-fer! -- but then Reagan broke the mold, didn't he?)

Bush the Elder: Out of Touch (Old), mildly Stupid

Dole: Out of Touch (Old)

Bush the Younger: Crazy, Stupid, and either Evil or Out of Touch depending on whether you believe his evil actions are by conscious design or due his being puppetted by Cheney and Rove

And now it begins with McCain. Opening gambit: Out of Touch (Old), with band striking up the first cautious notes of "Crazy" and "Stupid" as well.

They've invested too heavily in the St. John myth to call him Evil. At least at the moment.

But give them time.

Their Stupid Brains are always at work.

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