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Karen Handel in ‘b-roll’ slip-up: ‘I wanted to bark at you the way I get barked at’

File this under “somewhat embarrassing but no scandal.’

We have developed a strange campaign system in which political candidates rely heavily on independent Super PACs, but under federal law cannot coordinate with them.

And so it is a common practice for candidates to record massive amounts of video of themselves, smiling and looking earnest and productive, then posting the footage on YouTube. For use by anyone, but most specifically by friendly Super PACs. Dialogue is often spur of the moment, because it doesn’t matter.

Republican Karen Handel, the Republican candidate in the Sixth District runoff, has done this. Except that her crew forgot to ditch the audio.

And so we have Handel saying to an unidentified male in front of her, “‘I wanted to bark at you the way I get barked at.”

And an interested constituent explaining to the GOP candidate how one removes nose hair by filling a nostril with wax, then yanking. Yes, it sounds painful.

Unfortunately for Handel, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and her crew found the faulty video. Maddow is a long-form narrator, so some patience is required:

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Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.