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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Reality bites

Truth matters less than what people believe. It's been a basic credo of the conservative movement and it is now biting one of its principals in the backside. With a vengeance.

Sarah Palin has taken to her friends at Fox to proclaim she was correct in declaring that Paul Revere warned the British about American plans to challenge them at Lexington and Concord.

She is relying on a letter written by Revere and housed at the Massachusetts Historical Society to make her case, one far different from the popular cultural belief ingrained by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. And that's where she's running into problems.

There's clearly truth in the story. Comedian Robert Wuhl took on Longfellow in 2006, making the case for Israel Bissell (he sounds like a Jewish vacuum cleaner" ) being a more heroic character than Revere.

The hard part is accepting the fact that Palin, who has made her claim to fame a disdain for "elites," actually researched this little known fact ahead of time and was educating Americans about Longfellow's historical liberties.

The result is Palin is now clearly the butt of jokes everywhere and her supporters feel the need to rewrite history.

That's the cold hard reality Palin must now contend with. And it's clear she doesn't like the shoe being on the other foot.

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