Monday, February 18, 2008
Here are the words spoken by Patrick and those spoken by
In a speech on Oct. 15, 2006, then-candidate Patrick responded to accusations that he was uttering hollow words by saying:
“‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ Just words? Just words? ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself.’ Just words? ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.’ Just words? ‘I have a dream.’ Just words?”
On Saturday, speaking to the Wisconsin Democratic Party Dinner in Milwaukee, Obama echoed Patrick’s remarks almost verbatim:
“Don’t tell me words don’t matter,” Obama said. “‘I have a dream.’ Just words? ‘We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal.’ Just words? ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself.’ Just words? Just speeches?”
The Obama campaign says that because Patrick and The Poodle are close friends they share the same speaking techniques. Nice try, but this does not excuse plagiarism nor does it lessen the severity of the charge. Similar speaking techniques are not required for plagiarism to take place. People who have entirely different speaking techniques can be guilty of plagiarism.
It is amazingly amusing in a rich, chocolaty, nougaty sweet way that Democrats are suddenly offended by campaign tactics used by their own party - in this case the Clinton campaign, tactics that the Democrats have been shamelessly using for years against their Republican opponents - when these tactics are turned on a fellow Democrat, in this case The Chosen One: Ted Kennedy's Poodle.
We are witnessing the Democrats yanking their head out of their ostrich hole because their tactics are now internally affecting and negatively portraying one of their own.
Welcome Dems, to a taste of your own medicine self-injected right into your own political party, not by a Republican, but by one of your very own politicians. You don't like it much? Gee, that's too bad. I'm fresh out of sympathy for you.
You don't think the Dems would overlook or let an opportunity like this go by if it this happened to a Republican, do you?
Labels: Ted Kennedy's Poodle
Modesto, repitition is sometimes the key to fine writing.
Sometimes, Modesto, the key to fine writing is repitition.
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