Last week, everybody was talking about Sarah Palin's unique take on American history in her recounting of Paul Revere's ride, which was supposedly intended to warn the British that the colonialists were going to beat their asses.
Even Fox News jumped into the fray and asked her about it, giving her a chance to hold fast to her story (which is all that any of us can really even ask for — who among us has use for a Sarah Palin who admits to mistakes)…
"You realize that you messed up about Paul Revere, don't you?" "Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace asked the potential 2012 presidential candidate.
"I didn't mess up about Paul Revere," replied Palin, a paid contributor to the network. "Part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there. That, hey, you're not going to succeed. You're not going to take American arms. You are not going to beat our own well-armed persons, individual, private militia that we have," she added. "He did warn the British."
Well, here's the funny thing! Sarah Palin was right! Kind of. Maybe. If you look at it from a certain angle at a certain time of day through a particular kind of fabric.
The point is, you can definitely kind of massage the facts to sort of fit what Sarah Palin kind of said…
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."
Patrick Leehey of the Paul Revere House said Revere was probably bluffing his British captors, but reluctantly conceded that it could be construed as Revere warning the British. "I suppose you could say that," Leehey said. "But I don’t know if that’s really what Mrs. Palin was referring to."
McConville said he also is not convinced that Palin's remarks reflect scholarship. "I would call her lucky in her comments," McConville said.
Yay! She accidentally said something right! Maybe one day when she's president, she'll accidentally do something right. And then maybe we might all accidentally not die.
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