Megyn Kelly, reporting on the New Hampshire primary:
On the Democratic sides, Bernie Sandal- Sanders —
"Sandals", it could catch on —
in the summer months —
he has bested Hillary Clinton …
Chris Hayes, similarly (though less deftly dealt with):
But you see that play out in different ways,
in both Trump's — particularly closing message,
and railing against pharmaceutical companies and the like,
and Bernie Sandwiches- uh Sanders' message from the beginning,
Two excellent examples of Fay-Cutler malapropisms, right up there with "Liszt's second Hungarian restaurant".
Taking into account the "syntactic category rule", and the tendency to have a similar phonological shape, a shared initial syllable, etc., there are not a lot of other options. Maybe Bernie Sandtrap? Bernie Sandblast? Bernie Sandman? I think the second syllables are too heavy in those, alas.
And two substitutions for one politician's name in one news cycle? What are the odds?
I haven't heard of any similar inadvertant substitutions for Trump, any of the Bushes, any of the Clintons, etc. Or "Ted Cruel"? "Mike Huckleberry"? "Marco Rubicon"? Not so far.