Your heart has to go out to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Last weekend Christie went to Las Vegas to roll the dice in the "kiss Sheldon Adelson's ring," Republican primary.
One of four Republican who may enter the real presidential primaries for the 2016 nomination, Christie stumbled in Las Vegas.
Halfway through his public address to the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), a convenient cover event for Adelson's ring-kissing primary, Christie uttered a huge Zionist "no no."
Here is a poor guy doing his best to pivot from the grime and scandal of New Jersey politics to the sunny environs of Nevada, where he wanted to do nothing more than display his deep and abiding love for Israel.
Such a pivot should have been a welcome and easy transition for a man who has spent months fighting public and legal attacks over Bridgegate, "a scandal about a traffic jam."
Desperate to connect to his Jewish audience, and of course, to kiss the ring of Zionist Casino Oligarch Adelson, Christie looked back fondly to a 2012 trip he made with his family to Israel.
Did he not know? Had he not heard? A governor who has displayed considerable obfuscation skills while denying involvement in his staff's possible use of a bridge barrier to punish a political opponent, Christie slipped up on this one, big time:
"I took a helicopter ride from the occupied territories across and just felt personally how extraordinary that was to understand, the military risk that Israel faces every day."
His helicopter journey with his family was standard political jargon for his audience, except, that is, for one major "oops."
Politics 101: "Occupied territories" is a term that aspiring politicos should never, ever use, when addressing a Zionist audience.
In the real world, as the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) documents, there is ample support for use of the term occupation:
"In July 2004, while ruling that the wall Israel is building in the West Bank is illegal, the International Court of Justice also deemed Israel's settlement enterprise to be in contravention of international law, and the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem to be under Israeli military occupation.- Advertisement -
"In 2005, Israel's own Supreme Court also judged the West Bank to be under 'belligerent occupation' by Israel.
"In 2003, then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, known as a political hardliner and godfather of the settlement movement, stated 'You cannot like the word, but what is happening is an occupation -- to hold 3.5 million Palestinians under occupation. I believe that is a terrible thing for Israel and for the Palestinians.'"
Always against such realities, colonialists create their own reality by controlling language to describe the land they seize.
Native Americans have the correct term for such control: "a forked tongue."