Gordon Brown has demonstrated why he shouldn’t win re-election. He doesn’t seem to know a very basic principal about microphones.
As in, when you’re wearing a microphone operate as if it is on. ALWAYS ON!!!!!! And that everything you say can and will be used in the Court of Public Opinion Against You.
Gordon Brown was out on the campaign trail, he met with a woman who questioned him about national debt, border concerns and education. Brown fumbled his way through the encounter. Brown then stomped off to his car, slammed the door and then slammed the aide that put him in front of a woman he called a Bigot. It was a verbal disaster. It was on every TV and Radio Broadcast from London to Bangkok.
Brown then went on National Radio and videotaped the encounter, another mistake. In the video you see him just about throw up when they played the clip back to him.
The Daily Show's Jon Stewart points out that at that moment you can see Gordon Brown’s political career leave his body.
Let this be a lesson to all of us. Be very careful around microphones, cell phones and Send buttons on your email. Mis-directed communication really really hurts. In most cases you can’t undo the damage.
How Brown went on to handle what is now being term BigotGate is another matter, a topic for another Blog.