So all this was about warning the British? I note this simply because it helps reveal the extent to which the Roger Ailes world - where propaganda always trumps reality - will protect Palin if she runs. There is no gaffe they won't defend, no odd lie they won't avoid, no serious question about her past and her multiple fantasies and delusions that they will take seriously.
Perhaps. But I think it's beside the point. This is not about facts, and history. It's about the tribalism and the Rebel Yell. To the tribe, it doesn't much matter what Paul Revere actually did. He's a totem and when Sarah Palin is talking all they hear is "GUNS" blahblahblah "FREE" blahblah "AMERICA" or whatever the requisite buzzwords are of the day. Trying to reason with people who would defend Palin's performance art gives them too much credit.
And now for a serious, sober, fact-based treatise Paul Revere...
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.
Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.