Any presidential candidate, no matter how seasoned, can fall off the stage, get hit with a pancake, liberate Poland, look like a dork or just scream.
GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio learned the perils of the campaign trail gaffe this summer in Iowa, when he hit 4-year-old Iowan Brody Dill in the face with a football.
Some say it was Brody's fault, some Rubio’s, but it really did not matter. The Internet had its GIF-able moment:
But the Internet is a silly thing.
This election, the campaign trail and social web are meshing, albeit somewhat clumsily, into the perfect storm.