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Is there a double standard for political gaffes?

In politics, the dreaded foot in mouth gaffe is an occupational hazard.The casual statement, the careless snipe, the outdated phrase that bypasses the brain’s "sensitivity” filter can wound or even doom a public figure, especially if the offender happens to be conservative. The relative scant attention paid to such faux pas from left-leaning offenders suggests a double standard may be at work.

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