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Andrew makes the argument against the revised defense of Sarah Palin's da-da-influenced spoken word rendition of American History:


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...

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