Poor Mitt Romney. They certainly took him out to the backyard and beat the bejesus out of him after his "I like to fire people" gaffe last week.
But come on, now - I doubt that he meant it, at least not in the way that it was subsequently twisted and exploited by everyone from his GOP opponents to Weird Al Yankovic. Still, the guy's running for President of the United States and should know better - and therein lie a couple of powerful lessons for all of us:
1. When you're speaking in public, think about what you're going to say, practice out loud beforehand, and don't wing it. Sure, be spontaneous within reason - but if you have the slightest inkling that you shouldn't say what you think what you're about to say, don't.
2. The microphone is always on. Of course Mitt was onstage in front of a crowd when he put his foot in it, but even in less formal situations, always assume that you should watch what you say. This is particularly true in the age of social media, when you can be recorded and uploaded by anyone with an iPhone.
So will this incident derail Romney's campaign? Naah. But a similar indiscretion might cramp your style.