I was talking about Joe Biden and how he commits classic-style gaffes, ones where the dumbness lies in saying something that’s true but the saying of which will get you in trouble. 

It just occurred to me that Obama’s “stupidly” comment about the Gates affair is such a gaffe. Possibly also his remarks last year about people in the rural U.S. “clinging to guns and religion,” but that’s a matter of interpretation. The Gates business is open and shut: the charges were dropped around when the cop car reached the station house.