Palin’s “Paul Revere” History: Doomed To Repeat Herself
By now most of you have heard Sarah Palin’s back-ass rendition of Paul Revere’s midnight run, the one she voiced last week while on her “One Nation” bus-tour stop in Boston. If not, here it is again just to make you laugh and scratch you head at the same time:
“He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells, and um, makin’ sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed.”
Palin on Paul Revere Take Two
Now while this little “lesson in history” was clearly confused, factually wrong and thoroughly without any historical basis, it evidently still rung true to Ms. Palin (you know you can’t teach an old dog new tricks). When given a chance to correct/explain her nonsensical statement, the former Alaska Governor astonishingly decided to defend her completely Palinistic version of history:
On “Fox News Sunday,” the host Chris Wallace asked Ms. Palin, a paid Fox News contributor, about her Paul Revere answer, saying, “You realize that you messed up about Paul Revere, don’t you?”
She responded that no, she did not believe she was mistaken. “You know what? I didn’t mess up about Paul Revere,” she said. “Here is what Paul Revere did. He warned the Americans that the British were coming, the British were coming, and they were going to try take our arms and we got to make sure that we were protecting ourselves and shoring up all of ammunitions and our firearms so that they couldn’t take it.
She went on: “But remember that the British had already been there, many soldiers for seven years in that area. And part of Paul Revere’s ride — and it wasn’t just one ride — he was a courier, he was a messenger. Part of his ride was to warn the British that we’re already there. That, hey, you’re not going to succeed. You’re not going to take American arms. You are not going to beat our own well-armed persons, individual, private militia that we have. He did warn the British.” [NYT]
Folks, this is scary. Evidently Palin and her handlers do not have the political acumen of a shoe. Didn’t they didn’t think it may be a good idea to have their infamously “not-well-read” candidate brush up just a little on American history before touring Boston, arguably one of our nation’s most historic cities? Come on! A little refresher, the type that could be had in any high school text-book, could have gone a long way. These same handlers likely were the ones who came up with the brilliant idea to try to change Wikipedia’s entry on Paul Revere’s midnight run to coincide with Sarah’s version (Palin supporters actually tried to do this). WTF! I’m wondering if Palin is even aware that the original Tea Party was held in Boston.
Perhaps Wonkette.com explains Palin’s defense of her false history best:
This is still completely factually incorrect, but we can see the historical interpretation she is trying to make. Paul Revere was just yelling warnings at anyone who would listen to him as he toured to secret stops around the Northeast on his
bushorse, saving America forever.
Palin on Paul Revere: According To The Polls She May Be Done
There is one good thing that has come about as a result of the Palin “Circus of Ignorance.” According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 64% of Americans “‘definitely would not’ vote for Sarah Palin for president of the United States.” [HuffPost] Well, it seems as if a dead Paul Revere, in yet another astounding act of patriotism, has accomplished what living Democrats could not! Thank you Mr. Revere.