Prime Minister Gordon Brown has personally apologized to Gillian Duffy of Rochdale after his angry comments about a conversation with her were picked up by a microphone as he drove away.
Ouch. I’m no expert on British politics, but I think this is more damaging than Obama’s remarks about bitter working-class Americans clinging to religion and guns, or McCain’s claim that the “fundamentals of our economy are strong” after a major financial meltdown on Wall Street. Or both put together.
Worst of all, events like these tend to drive media coverage for several days and take the focus off whatever message the candidate is trying to put across.