Jason Thompson apologizes
Some gaffes fade, but some become a candidate’s albatross. Mitt Romney’s father George’s infamous comment about being “brainwashed” after a visit to Vietnam is cited as the beginning of the downfall of his presidential hopes. Mitt Romney’s 47% comment looked like his undoing until he evened the score with a superior debate performance.
It’s much easier for surrogates to get away with saying things that a candidate cannot. We remember one of Mitt Romney’s sons making a birther joke that caused a stir and now Jason Thompson, son of Senate Candidate Tommy Thompson is backpedaling after being caught in video at a Sunday brunch saying , “We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago — or Kenya.”
This is the time in history when most folks carry a movie camera around with them in their mobile telephone, and a joke that works in one context can be inserted into another where it doesn’t work at all. In this case Jason Thompson was repudiated by his father’s campaign, reports the Chicago Sun-Times:
“The Governor has addressed this with his [38-year-old] son, just like any father would do,” the campaign said in a statement. “Jason Thompson said something he should not have, and he apologizes.”
Even Republican National Chairman Reince Preibus addressed the issue saying, “The comment was out of line and his son rightfully apologized.” How humiliating! I guess birtherism is not welcome in the Republican Party—officially.