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Synonyms for bumbler

someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence

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"There's a reason for this plague of know-nothings: The bumbler's perpetual amazement exonerates him," Loofbourow wrote.
The men clashed on the set, but Edwards allowed Sellers to make a bumbler out of Clouseau and move the character to the center of the plot.
And it was what he would do for most of the rest of his career, appearing in such comedies as Repossessed, a spoof of demonic possession movies like The Exorcist, and Mr Magoo, in which he played the title role of the good-natured bumbler.
His defence lawyers portrayed him as a talkative bumbler who was given bad advice but never received any illegal funds.
He reached out to East Timor, whose people had voted in August 1999 to sever links with Indonesia in favor of independence, and scurried through the region looking for funds to support his countryAAEs economic recovery.With a wry sense of humor, but often perceived as a bumbler in important affairs, WahidAAEs presidency stumbled.
Following in the tradition of Fred Greenstein's The Hidden Hand Presidency, the author of this book asserts that although President Eisenhower often appeared to be an inarticulate, uncommitted bumbler on racial matters, he in fact exercised strong leadership behind the scenes that resulted in significant achievements in the area of civil rights.
Jeeves and Wooster: The Complete Series is a top pick for any who enjoy British mystery and humor, providing a fine collection telling of British aristocrat and bumbler Bernie and Jeeves, his hilarious resourceful valet who keeps him out of trouble.
9 Who played himself as a trilby-hatted, well-meaning bumbler tackling bureaucracy in early comedy series Here's Harry?
And introducing, in the role of the well-intentioned bumbler Charlie Brown, Majority Leader Harry Reid and his team of Democratic placekickers.
"Hailed in 2003 as architect of the Iraq victory, Wolfowitz, by late 2004, was being singled out as the bumbler of postwar planning and the man most responsible for what Gen.
After Ford was filmed stumbling as he walked down the steps of Air Force One and tumbling on a ski slope, the comedian Chevy Chase began lampooning him on SNL as an uncoordinated bumbler. Ford, who was probably one of America's most athletic Presidents, took the ribbing good-naturedly, but it made an impression on the public.
The mother, Zainab, has been arbitrarily coupled by an arranged marriage to Rafique, a self-absorbed bumbler whose dreams of riches contrast sharply with his unsuccessful low-key business enterprises.
Popular history largely ignores the important policy linkages between Jimmy Carter, the deregulating architect of the anti-Soviet proxy war in Afghanistan, and Ronald Reagan, the bumbler behind the "Reagan recession" and the disastrous mission in Lebanon; but in retrospect there are important ways in which Reagan's revolution preceded his presidency.
Bush is a bumbler. I could not send this to my liberal-hawk friends because they would have found the tone and peripheral commentary insulting, despite the great power the core argument may have had to influence their outlook.
It's populism for the post-Popular Mechanics era: the purposeful elevation of the bumbler as a reproach to "elite" competence.