Monday, February 18, 2008

Got plagiarism? I feel your pain 

Talking Points Memo:
By now, you've probably heard of the new attack line from the Hillary campaign, accusing Obama of plagiarism because an ad-libbed portion of his stump speech mimicked the language and rhythm of a two-year-old speech by his friend and supporter, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

Patrick told the New York Times that he and Obama freely exchange speech ideas and that he didn't feel like a citation was needed.

Clinton campaign adviser Howard Wolfson:
"But what I'm concerned about is that the public has an expectation that Sen. Obama's words are his own."

Oh, well, thank you for your deeply felt concern Howard. But, remember this one...

"I feel your pain"

Sure you do:
As I’ve said many times before, we can have an American President who does not govern with negativism and fear of the future, but with vigor and vision and aggressive leadership—a President who’s not isolated from the people, but who feels your pain and shares your dreams and takes his strength and his wisdom and his courage from you.

Anything up there sound familiar? That passage above is from Jimmy Carter's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1976.


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