Everyone has a mental-verbal lapse now and then. Sleep-deprived candidates running on empty or arugula seem particularly likely to suffer from them. That's why I tend to cut McCain some slack when he misspeaks, rather than join the harping about his age. That's also why I'm inclined to cut Obama some slack when he does likewise, rather than pretend the slip is less meaningless than I actually take it to be.
That's why it's absurd that Hinderaker tries to make heavy weather over so much nothing:
This is much worse than anything Dan Quayle ever did. Needless to say, these bizarre moments won't be promoted by the media as evidence that Obama is stupid.
No– no, it's not 'much worse than anything Dan Quayle ever did.' Obama, referring to his travels in the contiguous states, accidentally said "fifty-seven" rather than "forty-seven" while discussing his impending trip to the forty-eighth. Big whoop. And what did Quayle's brain/tongue nexus achieve?
- "What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is." (Referring the the United Negro College Fund's slogan, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste"…)
- "The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century."
- "I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy – but that could change."
- "I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future."
- "We're going to have the best-educated American people in the world."
- "For NASA, space is still a high priority."
- "I stand by all the misstatements that I've made."
And so on and so Danforth, seemingly ad infinauseam. But Hinderaker decides that a slip in the tens place is worse than serial malapropism? And Instapundit picks it up without noting the speciousness of the comparison? Sorry, John and Glenn– there's no comparison, and it's irksome to force one.