Ed Driscoll

KINSLEY'S LAW IN ACTION: Michael

KINSLEY’S LAW IN ACTION: Michael Kinsley once famously said that the definition of a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth. Check out this classic from Rep. Patrick Kennedy:

As sometimes happens with Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), he let his mouth race ahead of his brain Wednesday night at a gathering of Young Democrats at the Washington nightspot Acropolis. After presidential candidate Howard Dean spoke, Kennedy delivered an impassioned peroration against President Bush’s tax cut. We hear that Kennedy told the crowd: “I don’t need Bush’s tax cut. I have never worked a [bleeping] day in my life.” With that he got the audience’s attention — the dropping-jaws kind.

Fortunately though, no baggage screeners were harmed during the speech.