The double whammy in Dan Quayle's gaffe was that he misspelled potato while correcting someone else's spelling of the word potato. Since he was correcting a child, that may have made it a triple whammy.
Of course the incident speaks nothing of Dan Quayle's intelligence, but it was red meat for his hateful detractors in media.
As many of the comments to George Savage's post "A Case For Cain" have pointed out, the expectation is that the liberal media will start the drum beat that Cain lacks intelligence, which will then become a meme with comedians, writers and eventually it will be accepted as news itself.
Once that "big dummy" news wave starts to break, reversing it is like shoveling you know what against a tide. It happened to Quayle, it is happening to Palin and just to show I'm fair it seems to have happened somewhat to Joe Biden.
With Barack Obama of course we have seen the opposite. He's had gaffes worthy of entire Saturday Night Live seasons, and I'm sure if Sarah Palin had wondered aloud about words in "Austrian" SNL would have made sure the world never forgot it.
If we expect Cain to be Quayled, then Herman better be careful not to throw the left any softballs.
Too late though. As Herman gains attention, so will this video.
I can almost understand confusing the language of the Declaration of Independence with the language of the Constitution, because the Constitution was written to mold governance after the ideals stated in the Declaration.
However, to confuse the two in the middle of a speech where Herman is chastising the left for failing to read the Constitution makes him look like a hypocrite. This may be his Potato moment, and that's unfortunate:
On the bright side, Congressman Lynn Westmoreland was re-elected, and this was the biggest "gotcha" gaffe on film I've ever seen (admitted by me even though I generally dislike Colbert):