But the fact is, Governor, that you've *had* eight years
of a Bush administration, and a lot of Republicans in Congress for the last eight years,
so why wouldn't the American people say
"Look, they've had their shot, we're going to change."
Uh, because uh John Bush [0.213]
b- because uh John McCain [0.396]
is very much his own man, because John McCain brings a different style and a different approach toward Republican leadership, [0.388]
because John McCain has made some promises that I think Americans can feel comfortable about,
that he will keep.
This is a fine example of a context favorable to a Fay-Cutler malapropism, of the type that we've discussed several times here recently. I don't think that it reveals any hidden beliefs, any more than Senator Obama's substitution of "the next president" for "the next vice-president" did, or Senator Biden's substitution of "America" for "Obama".
To me, the part of Governor Ridge's answer that was most linguistically interesting was the extreme reduction of "Republican" in the phrase "Republican leadership":
It's reduced from four syllables to three, to something like IPA [ɹi'pʌ.bj̃ʌ] . In standard orthography, this might be something like "Repubyan".
There's nothing really unusual here, in fact — this kind of reduction is normal in high-frequency and redundant words and phrases. It's what leads locals to pronounce Baltimore as "ballmer", and Philadelphia as "fluffya". The main point of interest is that "Republican leadership" is a similarly high-frequency and redudundant phrase for Gov. Ridge.