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Posted at 2:38 PM ET, 12/28/2010

Political gaffes of 2010: Vote for the worst

By Post Editor

In a Slate article Monday, David Weigel argued that five of the most infamous "gaffes" of 2010 should be forgiven. But which slip-up is the worst? Watch the videos and vote:

By Post Editor  | December 28, 2010; 2:38 PM ET
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I guess I am simply not an idealogue. The persons who voted have O'Donnell way out in front when, in truth, her comment was true. The Constitution prohibits the establishment of a state religion, but it does not prohibit religion. Technically she is correct ... but the effect of her statement is nil. Nasty Pelosi blew off a trillion dollars of taxpayer's money in a statement that even a well educated idiot would not have made. Balance? Context? The persons who voted in this poll are the same voters who put an incompetent community organizer in the White House. Sad.
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I think you missed a decimal point.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | December 29, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Odonnell was correct. The gaffe is her opponent's including the Wash Post.

Posted by: gsweeten | December 29, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I thought a gaffe was telling what was really on your mind accidentally. I guess the previous post was correct that McDonald did not commit a gaffe, seeing that there was nothing on her mind.

Posted by: Hutchbilly | December 29, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Ms O'Donnell's "gaffe" was not a gaffe, except initially by Coons and then by a great many members of the media. She was entirely correct in asking if Coons was familiar with the text of the Constitution. When the media leaps in unison on something so flimsy, it says more about the bias of the media than about the competence or intelligence of the person being quoted.

Posted by: JBaustian | December 29, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who posts his or her IQ is really showing their insecurities. Sounds like someone to avoid at cocktail parties.

Posted by: jhenry1 | December 29, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

"Incompetent community organizer" in the White House???? He graduated from some of the best universities in the world, led the Harvard Review, and, hardest of all, made it in the tough world of Chicago politics. I guess you would rather have Bush, who only got in good universities because of family connections, certainly not grades, and fooled around the whole time he was there. Or would you prefer McCain, who graduated 894th out of 899 and was only allowed to stay at the Academy because of his father and grandfather's legacies. How about Sarah Palin? She went to 4 or 5 different schools before graduating. I read that she didn't like the Univeristy of Hawaii because there were too many Hawaiians there! I like intelligent people to be guiding the greatest country in the world - President Obama is the only intelligent one out of these for sure.

Posted by: jhenry1 | December 29, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Sorry to put a dint in your IQ 168 but I voted and I'm Australian born and bred, living in Australia, so your premise re "the persons who voted in this poll...." is flawed.

Posted by: jonellcharles | December 29, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I guess I am simply not an idealogue. The persons who voted have O'Donnell way out in front when, in truth, her comment was true. The Constitution prohibits the establishment of a state religion, but it does not prohibit religion. Technically she is correct ... but the effect of her statement is nil. Nasty Pelosi blew off a trillion dollars of taxpayer's money in a statement that even a well educated idiot would not have made. Balance? Context? The persons who voted in this poll are the same voters who put an incompetent community organizer in the White House. Sad.

Posted by: IQ168 | December 29, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

The Congress and President Obama are now looking at ways to somehow recapture some money lost due to the irresponsible use of our tax dollars during the banks and auto company bail outs. One of the brilliant ways is to again gouge the poor government worker by taking away our meager cost of living increases, and now looking at taking away our step increases we have worked so long and hard for. I have worked for the military for over 42 years now and just recently got promoted to a much deserved GS position. I have personally saved the government millions of dollars in my efforts, and this is the payment I get for it. I deserve to be at the top step 5 years ago, but the rules to limit our step increases already screw the government employee by only allowing not more than a small percentage of an increase every year for the first 3 years, then an increase by the same percentage every 2nd year for the next 3 years, then finally a step increase once every 3rd year until step 10 is achieved. In other words, the government does not let anyone realize their true earning capability until 18 years later. And then, we have to wait 3 more years in order to get our high 3 for a miserable retirement.
It has been proven that people working at the Military Depots do a much better job than most private companies, and cheaper, too. I personally work on complex missile systems for the government, and it takes a lot of experience and training to be able to do that.
If the democratic Congress screws up by their tax and spend habits, then why doesn't Congress put themselves on a no cost of living increase, put themselves on the same benefits as we have, and the same retirement plan we have. That right there would save billions of dollars, and leave our measly pensions and cost increases alone. I am looking to retire sometime soon because I am 61 years old, and I only make less than $60,000.00 a year for my troubles. I am in the process of training others in the shop on how to troubleshoot and maintain these missile systems at Letterkenny Army Depot. These missile test systems are complex, and the electronics is not easy. Plus, we have to maintain the integrity of the test software in these test systems, too. This stuff is not just plug and play.

Posted by: momorar | December 29, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

The Congress and President Obama are now looking at ways to somehow recapture some money lost due to the irresponsible use of our tax dollars during the banks and auto company bail outs. One of the brilliant ways is to again gouge the poor government worker by taking away our meager cost of living increases, and now looking at taking away our step increases we have worked so long and hard for. I have worked for the military for over 42 years now and just recently got promoted to a much deserved GS position. I have personally saved the government millions of dollars in my efforts, and this is the payment I get for it. I deserve to be at the top step 5 years ago, but the rules to limit our step increases already screw the government employee by only allowing not more than a small percentage of an increase every year for the first 3 years, then an increase by the same percentage every 2nd year for the next 3 years, then finally a step increase once every 3rd year until step 10 is achieved. In other words, the government does not let anyone realize their true earning capability until 18 years later. And then, we have to wait 3 more years in order to get our high 3 for a miserable retirement.
It has been proven that people working at the Military Depots do a much better job than most private companies, and cheaper, too. Usually Congress likes to lump us all in together with the people who are paper pushers down in the Washington DC area. We actually do real work with a lower pay scale than the DC area, too. I personally work on complex missile systems for the government, and it take a lot of experience and training to be able to do that.
If the democratic Congress screws up by their tax and spend habits , then why doesn't Congress put themselves on a no cost of living increase, put themselves on the same benefits as we have, and the same retirement plan we have. That right there would save billions of dollars, and leave our measly pensions and cost increases alone. I am looking to retire sometime soon because I am 61 years old, and I only make less than $60,000.00 a year for my troubles. I am in the process of training others in the shop how to troubleshoot and maintain Patriot missile launcher systems, Hawk, Ground TOW, Tow Bradley, ITAS, Avenger, and others at Letterkenny Army Depot. These missile test systems are complex, and the electronics is not easy. Plus, we have to maintain the integrity of the test software in these test systems, too. And, sometimes this means modifying the test software to changing test specs. This stuff is not just plug and play.

Posted by: momorar | December 29, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

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