There's little motivation for campaigns not to play the gaffe game, an attritional contest in which the opposing candidate's misstatements. Below, six different types of gaffes in the gaffe game.
It's an understatement to say that Sheldon Adelson is a major player in this presidential election, given that he's pledged to contribute $100 million to Mitt Romney's campaign over the course of the year. But Democracts have not made a big deal out of him. Why?
While gun control and gay rights are very different things, there are a couple of key directives that apply to both: Play political hardball, put your money where your mouth is and reframe the debate to deprive the opposition of fuel.
Harry Reid's just like those birthers who hounded Barack Obama into proving he was an American citizen. At least that’s what commentators as diverse as Jon Stewart, Ann Coulter and Frank Bruni all told us, after Reid said that an unnamed Bain investor informed him that Mitt Romney hadn't paid his taxes for ten years. But this is arguable.