Yeah, About That “Plagiarism” Charge…

Last night we saw the plagiarism charges brought up against Barack Obama rekindled.  It led to one of his best moments of the night, and undoubtedly Hillary Clinton’s worst moment.  The charge itself has been silly from day one, as Obama pointed out last night and has been echoed throughout the blogosphere–The lines he used were from his national co-chair, Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, and he used them with express permission.  Under those conditions, you simply can’t call it plagiarism.

Yet, the Clinton campaign did exactly that, and even after the backlash she received from the blogosphere and from pundits, Clinton repeated the attack last night, an attack that did not go over well to say the least.  But that is not the end of the story as you shall soon see.

While that moment may have been the worst moment of the night for Mrs. Clinton, she could at least take solace in the fact that what may be remembered as the best moment of the night belonged to her.  It came in the final comments she had for the night as you can read below:

 Well, I think everybody here knows I’ve lived through some crises and some challenging moments in my life. And…

And I am grateful for the support and the prayers of countless Americans.

But people often ask me, “How do you do it?” You know, “How do you keep going?” And I just have to shake my head in wonderment, because with all of the challenges that I’ve had, they are nothing compared to what I see happening in the lives of Americans every single day. along with Senator McCain, as the only two elected officials, to speak at the opening at the Intrepid Center at Brooke Medical Center in San Antonio, a center designed to take care of and provide rehabilitation for our brave young men and women who have been injured in war.

And I remember sitting up there and watching them come in. Those who could walk were walking. Those who had lost limbs were trying with great courage to get themselves in without the help of others. Some were in wheelchairs and some were on gurneys. And the speaker representing these wounded warriors had had most of his face disfigured by the results of fire from a roadside bomb.

 You know, the hits I’ve taken in life are nothing compared to what goes on every single day in the lives of people across our country.

And I resolved at a very young age that I’d been blessed and that I was called by my faith and by my upbringing to do what I could to give others the same opportunities and blessings that I took for granted.

That’s what gets me up in the morning. That’s what motivates me in this campaign.

And, you know, no matter what happens in this contest — and I am honored, I am honored to be here with Barack Obama. I am absolutely honored.

Whatever happens, we’re going to be fine. You know, we have strong support from our families and our friends. I just hope that we’ll be able to say the same thing about the American people, and that’s what this election should be about.

(courtesy CNN)

If you don’t suffer from HDS, as I admittedly do, it was a touching moment, and a big positive for Hillary in a night that otherwise went terribly wrong.  But the irony is, in what was her best moment of the night, she would be guilty of the same charges that she has claimed Obama was guilty of, and in one case, perhaps even worse.

From Josh Marshall

Clinton, 92: “The hits that I took in this election are nothing compared to the hits the people of this state and this country have been taking for a long time.”

Hillary Clinton, tonight: “You know, the hits I’ve taken in life are nothing compared to what goes on every single day in the lives of people across our country.”

Now, I agree with Josh Marshall that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this alone.  Indeed, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton have an arguably closer relationship than Barack Obama and Deval Patrick, so there’s nothing wrong with Mrs. Clinton taking a few lines out of Mr. Clinton’s playbook.  The only problem here is it exposes the rank hypocrisy of the Clinton campaign that we’ve pretty much gotten used to at this point.

But are the terms the same if she borrowed lines from, say, John Edwards?

From Ben Smith:

Clinton Tonight: ?

You know, whatever happens, we’re going to be fine. You know, we have strong support from our families and our friends. I just hope that we’ll be able to say the same thing about the American people. And that’s what this election should be about.?

Edwards the December 13 debate:

?What’s not at stake are any of us. All of us are going to be just fine no matter what happens in this election. But what’s at stake is whether America is going to be fine.?

Now, the words are changed just enough so as not to be verbatum, however; the interesting thing here is, unless John Edwards endorsed Hillary Clinton in secret, we aren’t seeing the same kind of relationship that we see between the Clintons or between Obama and Patrick.

It’s a sad thing; the best part of Clinton’s night last night was not only contrived, it was borrowed and hypocritical.  Less than an hour before, Clinton was booed for accusing Barack Obama for plagiarizing, and then, in her time to shine, she ends up committing the sin she accused another of.

She chided Obama’s campaign slogan of “Change we can believe in”, last night, my question is, what from Hillary Clinton can we believe?

2 Responses to “Yeah, About That “Plagiarism” Charge…”

  1. Mark T says:

    At one point Hillary called him dishonest, and then she said she was honored to be sitting next to him. I don’t get it. I thought her point was that Obama was dishonest. At least unworthy. And then she does a complete turn around. Instead of treating him with contempt, she says she is honored to be with him. What exactly is she saying? Is Obama a plagiarist unworthy of honor or is she honored to be sitting next to him? And why, if he is a plagiarist? I don’t think she knows what she is saying.

  2. Mark T says:

    I get it. Obama is dishonest and incompetent and she is honored to be with him …. because he’s black, I guess.

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