The Resident Expert and I are of two minds regarding “Gates-gate”, or whatever President Obama’s honest answer to a question in last night’s press conference will become known as. I say that he probably got out a bit in front of his typical caution in making public remarks. If this had happened during the campaign, it would have been right up there with “clinging to guns and religion”. And it definitely takes the spotlight off health care, at least on TV. But the Devil’s Advocate maintains that this is just another of those things he does that seem at first to be a miscalculation, like not following John McCain’s lead and “suspending” his campaign when the financial crisis began. After a few days or weeks, everybody’s saying that he did the right thing. But the Contrarian says that the health care discussion had stalled, and was veering off into sidebar discussions anyway, so his “acted stupidly” remark clears the decks of all that. And once the hub-bub dies down, he can go back to the nerdy MedPAC tutorials. We shall see.