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November 16, 2011


Republican Gaffes Pile Up

Michael Shear notes that despite a steady stream of "gaffes, misstatements, puzzled looks and long, awkward pauses" the Republican presidential candidates "have turned the cringe-inducing moments to their advantage, asserting that they demonstrate an authenticity different from the slick professionalism of politicians in Washington."

"But the embarrassing moments are piling up, and some veteran Republicans are beginning to wonder whether the cumulative effect weakens the party brand, especially in foreign policy and national security, where Republicans have typically dominated Democrats."

Notes former Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein: "It is an Animal House. It's a food fight. Honestly, the Republican debates have become a reality show. People have to be perceived as being capable of governing this country, of being the leader of the free world."












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