This is from the Huffington post:
“Chris Collins, GOP Candidate, Clarifies Controversial Cancer Comments”
“Republican congressional candidate Chris Collins, who last week caused a stir when he claimed that “people now don’t die” from prostate and breast cancer, clarified his comments Saturday, stating that his criticism of Obama’s health care law was taken out of context.”
To read more:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/08/chris-collins-cancer_n_1657723.html
It seems that candidate Collins is suffering from a condition that is becoming far to common among republicans this campaign season.
The condition is called “premature extrapolation.” To extrapolate is to “infer (an unknown) from something that is known.” To do so without thinking is to do so “prematurely.”
There are techniques available to limit the possibilities of this occurring.
There’s the stop and start technique. Now this is for the more advanced types, those more experienced with miss-speaking and gaffes. (Mom used to tell me that “if you stop and think, you’ll think and stop.)
Then there’s the squeeze technique. This is for those with moderate mind-management skills. When you feel something stupid about come out of you mouth, put a hand on each side of your head and squeeze. Squeeze until it hurts, or until the pain takes that thought away.
For the least experienced of you, well, just think about baseball (line-ups, averages….)!
Finally, if all else fails, “Moonwalk.” The whole republican party is getting to be pretty good at it. They are becoming so adept at walking back(wards), that even Michael Jackson would be proud of them. The problem is while they are backtracking, looking backwards, they can’t see where they are going.
Neither can we. Let’s go FORWARD!