Earlier this week, Bernie Sanders, a socialist Senator from Vermont faced off against former First Lady and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a televised debate on CNN. Sanders is doing particularly well in polls as well as fundraising. Despite the fact that his far Left message may resonate with the Democratic base, he is entirely too liberal for the rest of the mainstream electorate.
During the debate, however, many viewers caught onto a deeply conservative idea accidentally uttered by the candidate beloved by the most progressive sector of America:
Every other major country on Earth, every one, including some small countries, say that when a mother has a baby, she should stay home with that baby.
The conversation was about maternity leave policies, comparing America’s to that of the rest of the world. Reason Magazine’s blog broke down the gaffe, which they hold wasn’t actually a true gaffe:
Which is what we call a Kinsley gaffe—where a politician accidentally reveals a truth he did not intend to admit.
Because as well-intentioned as family leave policies mandated by the federal government might be (and they are undeniably wildly well-intentioned), there’s a negative consequence that doesn’t get talked about too much: There can be a blurry line between government subsidizing something—whether though regulation, transfer payments, or tax breaks—and requiring that thing.
Unsurprisingly, the liberal press has given Sanders a pass on this “gaffe” made on national television. Unlike Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” utterance during a debate during the last cycle, the Democrat Sanders is given the benefit of the doubt that his comments were a poor choice of words. He was never asked to clarify if he believes women should stay home with their children and will likely never be.
Comment below: Do you think Sanders’ utterance was a true gaffe or a Kinsley gaffe?