Mea culpa

Kevin Doonan

We all make mistakes but it is especially embarrassing when it is done in print for all the world to see … forever. The Internet ensures that little mistakes are embedded into digital stone and will long outlast us. People seem to have an innate eagerness to pick on those latent miscalculations, as can been seen just by looking at the current presidental debate. In many cases the eagerness to exploit any identifiable faux pas regardless of relevance seems to override common sense. But I guess that is one of the things that defines truly good politicians – the ability to own blunders. Inevitably everyone indulges in gaucherie, but the truly adept politicians these days are the ones who can brush off gaffes in aw ay that successfully encourages others to follow suit.