Ed Driscoll

Coupe Deval Crashes Into Chappaquiddick

The governor of Massachusetts opens mouth, inserts Bruno Magli:

Patrick said that even “on my worst day, when I’m most frustrated about folks who seem to rooting for failure,” he doesn’t face anything like the opposition faced by the president.

“It seems like child’s play compared to what is going on in Washington, where it is almost at the level of sedition, it feels to like me,” Patrick said.

Funny, it was just a few years ago, that “dissent was patriotic” was a meme being pushed early and often by another prominent Massachusetts politician:

John Kerry announced this week’s John Kerry Iraq Policy of the Week the other day: “Iraqi politicians should be told that they have until May 15 to deal with these intransigent issues and at last put together an effective unity government or we will immediately withdraw our military.”With a sulky pout perhaps? With hands on hips and a full flip of the hair?

Did he get that from Churchill? “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, at least until May 15, when I have a windsurfing engagement off Nantucket.”

Actually, no. He got it from Thomas Jefferson. “This is not the first time in American history when patriotism has been distorted to deflect criticism and mislead the nation,” warned Sen. Kerry, placing his courage in the broader historical context. “No wonder Thomas Jefferson himself said: ‘Dissent is the greatest form of patriotism.’ ”

Close enough. According to the Jefferson Library: “There are a number of quotes that we do not find in Thomas Jefferson’s correspondence or other writings; in such cases, Jefferson should not be cited as the source. Among the most common of these spurious Jefferson quotes are: ‘Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.’ ”

Did Kerry’s speechwriter endeavor to point that out? “Hey, boss, diss ain’t a Jefferson quote.”

“Yeah, that’s right. Dissent — a Jefferson quote. Shove one in around the fifth paragraph, but snap it up, will you? I got a fitting for my new even-more-buttock-hugging yellow lycra cycling shorts in 20 minutes.”

It was the Aussie pundit Tim Blair who noted the Thomas Jeffefakery. American commentators were apparently too busy cooing that “Kerry may be reflecting a new boldness on the part of liberals to come out and say what they believe and to reclaim the moral high ground on patriotism” (CBS News) to complain that KERRY LIED!! SCHOLARLY ATTRIBUTION DIED!!! Instead, KERRY MISQUOTED!! MEDIA DOTED!!!

To be fair to all concerned though, if it’s one thing that Massachusetts Democrats truly know well, it is the concept of sedition.

(Headline inspired by the late, great Dean Barnett.)

Related: “The Fool on his Errand.”