Sarah Palin’s bus tour through New England is the best thing that’s happened so far in the burgeoning 2012 race, and it’s going to be a tough act to follow. There’s such sweet, poetic justice in the ample stories about irritated journalists frantically following in Sarah’s exhaust fumes as she jaunts from one patriotic site to another without advance warning or a published itinerary. The sputtering, incoherent rage as the very folks who tried to destroy her and her family find the tables have turned warms the cockles of my cynical heart.
All that would have been more than enough to endear Sarah Palin to me–although I’m still not ready to root for her in the GOP primary–but yesterday’s kerfuffle over the historical accuracy of Palin’s ode to Paul Revere is rich, delicious icing on the cake.
Palin, in what is clearly not her finest public speaking performance, said that Paul Revere had “warned the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms”. Silly Sarah Palin, everyone knows he was warning the Americans that the British were coming, not warning the British! You can see the ill-disguised smug on this anchor’s face as he–along with countless liberal journalists, bloggers, and politicians–descended on what looked like an easy kill.
The glee spread like a contagion via social media. It was almost as though every liberal in the country had an Obi Wan Kenobi moment, except that they were sensing the possibility of another Sarah Snafu rather than the extinction of all life on the planet Alderaan.
It wasn’t just the media-elite and the talking-heads, however. Liberals gathered together in groups to spread the news, temporarily turning the entire Facebook network into the equivalent of a high school from an after-school special on the dangers of gossip. In this screen grab, you can see several of my leftie friends celebrating another victory over American idiots.
Trouble was, of course, that Sarah Palin was right. Jonathan Adler of the Volokh Conspiracay was the first out of the gate as far as I can tell, writing almost immediately: Doesn’t anyone know American history anymore?
A day later, however, even the MSM is starting to get on the boat. Andrew Malcolm writes at the LA Times: You know how Sarah Palin said Paul Revere warned the British? Well, he did. Now, who looks stupid? Not much for subtlety, is Mr. Malcolm. Over at the Boston Herald (yes, Boston!) Chris Cassidy writes that Experts back Sarah Palin’s historical account and subtitles the article “You betcha she was right!”
As you can see from the Facebook screen capture, however, the self-satisfied liberals seem to be suddenly at a loss for words. There were 6 “likes” and nearly as many comments in the first few hours, but nothing since realization set in that these folks are actually on the wrong side of both history and irony.
And all of this makes me curious: what exactly is dumber than a box of rocks? Whatever it is, looks like liberals everywhere–especially Masachusettes Democrats who continued to mock Palin even after the history was explained to them–might be the only ones who could tell us.