The Politico News team published a list of the best lines and the worst gaffes by John McCain and Barack Obama, each with a commentary of how they affected the election's outcome, since these little nuggets are far more important than economic turmoil and that pesky international unrest that attempts to worm its way into the national dialog.
The analysis didn't include Vice Gaffer Joe Biden, since his best gaffes would probably eat up all the available hard drive space on the Politico web server and cause the internets to collapse. There was no reason to cover half woman-half pitbull-half barracuda Sarah Palin, who ran a tight, gaffe-free campaign.
Just like anyone else, I prefer seeing roadkill on the highway to roadside flowers, so I'll skip the best lines and head straight for the gaffes.
There is no ranking for the top gaffes but they should be pretty obvious: When Obama said in Ohio that he wanted to "spread the wealth around", inadvertently launching the country music career of Joe the Plumber, and John McCain's one-two punch: when he couldn't remember how many houses he owned, just 3 weeks before claiming that the fundamentals of the economy were strong.
There is a huge obvious error with this list: The worst gaffe John McCain made during the election was when he introduced his running mate as "Sarah Palin", which was a huge slip of the tongue.
He meant to say "Tom Ridge."
Tags: Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Joe the Plumber, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Tom Ridge