This has nothing to do with health care, but the schadenfreude was too sweet to pass up. Lefty bloggers, journalists and the rest of the establishment media keep telling us how dumb Sarah Palin is, and yet she keeps demonstrating that she is far better informed than they on a variety of subjects. The latest example involves Paul Revere’s ride:

Palin prompted howls of partisan derision when she said on Boston’s Freedom Trail that 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 we were going to be secure and we were going to be free.’

Well, it turns out that she was right and the braying asses of the media were wrong:

Boston University history professor Brendan McConville said, “Basically when Paul Revere was stopped by the British, he did say to them, ‘Look, there is a mobilization going on that you’ll be confronting,’ and the British are aware as they’re marching down the countryside, they hear church bells ringing — she was right about that — and warning shots being fired. That’s accurate.?

Cornell Professor William Jacobson has also been backing Palin’s assertion:

[Jacobson] asserted last week that Palin was correct, linking to Revere quotes on his conservative blog, said Palin’s critics are the ones in need of a history lesson. “It seems to be a historical fact that this happened,? he said. “A lot of the criticism is unfair and made by people who are themselves ignorant of history.?

And here’s how Andrew Malcolm of the LA Times put it:

That the Republican non-candidate, in fact, knew more about the actual facts of Revere’s midnight ride than all those idiots unknowingly revealing their own ignorance by laughing at her faux faux pas? How secretly embarrassing this must be, to be forced to face that you’re dumber than the reputed dummy.

This is not, by the way, the first time Palin has punked them. Last year these same geniuses made fun of Palin for invoking the “Spirit of 1773.” They, being too ignorant to know that the Boston Tea Party took place in 1773, thought Palin had made a gaffe. And they made much of it until it became obvious they (rather than ”dumb” Sarah) were historically illiterate.

The motto of the contemporary progressive: “To smart to learn.”

Comments 4

  1. Jared wrote:

    Ms. Palin got very lucky; I doubt that that is what she had in mind.

    Posted 07 Jun 2011 at 8:21 am
  2. Diogenes wrote:

    Ms. Palin got very lucky …

    Did she also “get lucky” when she caught them napping with the 1773 comment last October?

    Posted 07 Jun 2011 at 12:20 pm
  3. Jared wrote:


    No. On that occasion, she was correct and her critics were wrong and unfair. All I am saying is that, on this one, she gave a very poor response and got lucky that (if interpreted generously) it could be considered true.

    Posted 20 Jun 2011 at 11:44 am
  4. Diogenes wrote:

    You could be right. Your interpretation is at least plausible. And, in the end, it’s probably better to be lucky than smart.

    Posted 20 Jun 2011 at 8:25 pm

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