Sarah Palin Mangles History. Again.

I know, it’s a big yawn — like, the news would be if she said anything about American history or foreign policy or ANYthing that made sense, right?

So no, it’s not the fact that Sarah Palin told people in BOSTON that what Paul Revere did on that midnight ride was warn the British that the Americans were coming. It’s the way people in blogtopia are laughing at her. I mean, the only good thing about Sarah Palin is cracking up at the funnies that bloggers come up with.

First, here is what she said:

“He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh, by ringin’ those bells and, um, makin’ sure as he’s ridin’ his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that, uh, we were gonna be secure and we were gonna be free.”

Here is the video at YouTube, and embedded below:


Please make it stop,” pleaded Greg Sargent:

Everyone has already had a grand old time mocking this video of Sarah Palin bungling her Paul Revere history, but I actually think it amounts to quite an eloquent statement. It’s as eloquent an argument as anyone could make that this woman really should not be treated by any of us as anything resembling a presidential candidate until it’s absolutely necessary — which is to say, until she actually runs for president.

And as such, it should be spread as widely as possible

Ben Smith at Politico: “Palin makes Bachmann look like Longfellow.”

Joe Gandelman at The Moderate Voice wonders if maybe Palin has the 18th century Paul Revere mixed up with this Paul Revere.

ABC News’ political blog, The Note:

Of course, Revere was in fact trying to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams about the approaching British army. And he didn’t rely on bells. He was on a covert mission. Had he used bells, or had he warned the people with whom America was at war, Palin’s tour bus might have chugged through the northeast on the left side of the road.

Eric Lach at TPMDC:

Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
Who made sure as he’s riding his horse
through town, to send those
warning shots and bells
that we were going to be secure
and we were going to be free.

No, that’s not Longfellow — that’s Palin. Via Think Progress comes this clip of Sarah Palin during her time in Boston yesterday, sharing her thoughts on Paul Revere’s ride.

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Watch CNN’s Brooke Baldwin deadpan.

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