Palin is Pallin’ Around With Plagiarists?
Todd Palin, that is. That’s because the plagiarist is none other than the Governor, herself.
Geoffrey Dunn over at Huffington Post read my transcript of Palin’s 17 minute introduction of Michael Reagan, and a little bell went off in his head. He had a strange feeling he’d heard all this somewhere before…..(except in English)…..
(insert harp music here, as things get all blurry)
I realized I had read some of this before. So I tracked down the original Gingrich-Shirley article, “Republicans Need to Relearn Lessons of the Reagan Revolution” which appeared in the Union Leader, November 1, 2005, and is also online.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Palin was accused by Daily Kos of plagiarizing a Hillary Clinton passage. In that instance it was, at worse, petty larceny; in this case, it’s grand theft.
Dunn goes on to compare passages of the original, and Palin’s knock-off. Here are a couple of the eleven examples he gives:
8. Palin: So Ronald Reagan spoke to us then with us here in our hearts is where he reached us…. He captured our hearts so he could affect positive change by what he did. He focused on our kids, on our children, on their future,
Gingrich/Shirley: The key to capturing the attention and, yes, the hearts of Americans is to focus on their future and their children’s future. Reagan understood this…
9. Palin: He stood strong on his knowing that the framework through which he believed that positive change that framework for our kids, it was freedom [sic].
Gingrich/Shirley: Successful governance means having a framework through which to lead the American people. For Reagan, that framework was freedom.
Ruh-roh… Next time the governor sees Newt, she’s going to have some ‘splainin to do.
The whole article is a must read. Click HERE to enjoy it in its entirety.