Politicians sometimes say things they regret. Unless they say so later in a memoir or even–less frequently–a public retraction or apology, we don’t always know what those things are. Often, but not always, they are statements that make the speaker seem out of touch with world events.
For example, George W. Bush probably regrets telling FEMA Director Michael Brown that he was doing “a heck of a job” in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. His father undoubtedly wishes he’d never told anyone to read his lips. We’re not sure what Bill Clinton’s most regretted remark is–that would depend on what our definition of “is” is, probably.
It may not turn out to be Politifact’s 2014 Lie of the Year to succeed President Obama’s promise that we’d all be keeping our doctors and health plans, but Nancy Pelosi just made a statement so utterly ridiculous, so outrageously uninformed, that we have to believe she’s going to regret it for a long, long time.