The Paul Revere Trap
Sarah Palin is generally a forthright individual, judged by either absolute standards, or the sliding scale applied to politicians. That’s why recent evidence of devious behavior on her part is so disturbing.
I can believe she was thinking only of her intended audience when she told the Tea Party to “party like it’s 1773.” Of course liberals have no idea when the original Tea Party occurred, and raced to demonstrate their deplorable ignorance of history by attacking her for saying it. She didn’t know they were going to make fools of themselves. She was thinking about the Tea Party enthusiasts she was speaking to, not ignorant lefty bloggers and talking heads.
But this time… this time was on purpose. She knew exactly what she was doing when she said Paul Revere “warned the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms by ringing those bells, and making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that were going to be secure, and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed.”
She knew that lefty bloggers and media talking heads would walk right into it. She knew they are as ignorant of the Revolution as they were of the Tea Party, and remember nothing about Paul Revere except “one if by land, two if by sea.” She knew damn well they wouldn’t be able to resist the opportunity to stick their noses in the air and arrogantly inform their audiences that she needs to go back to school and take high-school history over again.
There’s no way I’m letting Palin slide on this. Just look at how she responded when Chris Wallace asked her about the Paul Revere nontroversy:
“Oh man, it seems like I have answered this question a million times in the last week. And folks still, I guess aren’t understanding it. At least reporters don’t seem to understand it. Even your own Shep Smith there on Fox News – he announced the other day I was on some publicity tour. I wanted to say, Shep, take it one step further. What am I publicizing on tour?
I’m publicizing Americana and our foundation and how important is it we learn about our past and our challenges and victories throughout American history so that we can successfully proceed forward very heady days, rough waters ahead of us, Chris. We need to make sure we have a strong grasp of our foundational victory to move forward. That’s what we are highlighting on the bus tour.”
She could have simply explained that she’s exactly right about what Paul Revere did, but understands why so many people think she made a mistake, because they only have a superficial understanding of history. She could have quoted Revere’s own account of the famous “midnight ride” and gently suggested certain people do a little more reading before they act like jackasses on national television.
Instead, she just left it hanging out there for a couple more days, while laughing and hooting liberals piled into the broken roller coaster she had created for them… until the Boston Herald was obliged to run an article headlined, “Experts back Sarah Palin’s historical account… you betcha she was right!” Now the roller coaster car is rocketing toward broken track hanging six thousand blog posts in the air, and there is no way to get off. My God, she’s a fiend.
Frightened liberals flailing around for ways to attack Palin should give up on writing ridiculous diatribes about how she’s endangering the lives of reporters by refusing to provide the exact route of her “One Nation” tour in advance. It’s manifestly absurd to keep bleating that she has no “substance” when she belts out impromptu policy speeches every time she hops off that bus. Instead, you should be complaining about her cruel genius for making liberals look stupid. Only Anthony Weiner can hold a candle to her at that… and she’s obviously having much more fun doing it.
Update: I really should have made the link to that Boston Herald piece bigger, for the benefit of the odd lefty trying to stumble in here and squeak that Palin was still wrong somehow. Here it is again: http://bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view.bg?articleid=1343353