gaffe also gaff (gf)
1. A clumsy social error; a faux pas: “The excursion had in his eyes been a monstrous gaffe, a breach of sensibility and good taste” Mary McCarthy.
2. A blatant mistake or misjudgment.
Words often become so misused and bent out of shape that they lose the originally intended meaning. “Irony” is one example of this. “Conservative” is another. The misfired word of the day is “gaffe.”
Here’s the reporting from Politico:
Of concern to McCain’s campaign, however, is a remaining and still-undisclosed clip from Palin’s interview with Couric last week that has the political world buzzing.
The Palin aide, after first noting how “infuriating” it was for CBS to purportedly leak word about the gaffe, revealed that it came in response to a question about Supreme Court decisions.
After noting Roe vs. Wade, Palin was apparently unable to discuss any major court cases.
That is not a “gaffe.” It is IGNORANCE. And it is not surprising. It simply verifies that Prudence Palin was a naked pandering to the most fundamentalist nooks and crannies of the Republigoat Party. Of course she is ignorant about the judicial branch. She and hers would prefer that it didn’t exist. They are openly at war with it and have no use for it whatsoever. So whats if she knows nothing of Plessy V. Ferguson or Brown V. BOE or Loving V. Virginia or Griswold V. Connecticut?
(Actually, I am a little shocked she’s not familiar with Griswold because if she knew what was in that decision, she would most likely desire it overturned immediately.)
Hell, half the Supreme Court doesn’t give a darn about previous court decisions neither. Why oughtta she?