Monday, February 18, 2008

Plagarizing politicians:

The issue du jour is, which Democrat is using someone else's words? Attention has focused on Barack Obama, but Hillary Clinton is also under review. This issue parallels Joe Biden getting caught in 1988 using a speech by Neil Kinnock, then-leader of the British Labour Party.

With that in mind, here's an excerpt from the 25 April 1988 (p 63) New Yorker interview with Barry Goldwater: (emphasis in the original)
[About his acceptance speech in 1964]

...Goldwater told the listening millions:

"Those who do not care for our cause we do not expect to enter our ranks in any case. And let our Republicanism, so focused and dedicated, not be made fuzzy and futile by unthinking and stupid labels. I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."

Well, the Cow Palace came down. The dreaded buzzword "extremism" had been using approvingly ...

[Goldwater:] "I'm almost certain that that 'extremism' line came from Cicero. When I see Senator Joe Biden next, I'm going to tell him, 'Joe, if you want to take from somebody' speech, do like I did - go way back.'"


Can we next expect Barack Obama to shave his head to "plagiarize Gov. Patrick's new look?

By Blogger Shag from Brookline, at 2/19/2008 3:49 AM  

I'm from Massachusetts and I proudly voted for McGovern in 1972. I also proudly voted for Deval Patrick in 2006, happy to see a Democrat in the Governor's chair after 16 years of inept Republican Governors dealing with a heavily weighted Democratic legislature. Patrick has been in office for just over a year, with a similar Democratic legislature, and neither has been very productive, perhaps because of the habits of the latter. Patrick promised then what Obama is promising now. It ain't easy getting the promises fulfilled.

By Blogger Shag from Brookline, at 2/19/2008 6:58 AM  

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