Some people call it Karma.  Jews call it Mida K’Neged Midah.  And the average American calls it, “What goes around comes around.”  This last expression was recently adapted into a song by Justin Timberlake.

Whatever it is called, however, the over 60 million Americans who were tuned into the presidential debates in Boca Raton, Florida on Monday night and paid careful attention were in for the shock of their lives.  What was that shock?  Soon, but first a few verses from the bible.

There is a verse in the book of Isaiah (3:11) “..for what his hands have dealt out shall be done to him…”

There is another verse in Proverbs (26:27),”Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling.”

Let’s now go back a week, to last Friday in George Mason University.  According to the Talmud, President Obama committed a major no-no.

He made up a new word that he shared with the crowd gathered in Fairfax, Virginia at George Mason University.  President Obama said about Mitt Romney, “If you say you’re for equal pay for equal work, but keep refusing to say whether you signed a bill that protects equal pay for equal work, you might have Romnesia.”

With this latest appeal for humor and laughs, the president may have crossed a line.  The Talmud (Bava Metzia 58b) tells us how horrible it is to label someone with a nickname — otherwise poking fun at someone’s name.  It is bad form for anyone, and certainly inappropriate for the president of the United States.

But let’s get back to these verses.  Whoever digs a pit will fall into it.. A stone comes back on him who started it rolling.  Well it certainly may have come back in the last debate. Was it a Divinely orchestrated slip of the tongue by moderator Bob Schieffer?  An inconceivable slip of the tongue by a veteran newscaster?

When Schieffer explained that Pakistan was not exactly on the same page as the United States he described how Pakistan had arrested the doctor who helped catch Obama Bin Ladin.

Was it Karma or Mida K’neged Mida, or was it just a very rare slip of the tongue?


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