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Politicians often quote dead politicians — especially members of their own party. Republicans, determined to push ol’ Ronnie up the charts to surpass FDR (good luck with that one) love quoting Reagan, almost as much as they love naming ugly buildings after him. And tonight was no different.

Sarah Palin, armed with her prep cards was a ready made Reagan attribution machine tonight. And she was determined, having practiced for the debate against Joe Biden as if he was a dangerous druid, to get those Reagan quotes out there. No matter what.

Jonathan Chait noticed this one in particular:

Palin’s final quote was from Ronald Reagan, warning that without vigilance, "you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free."

What Palin did not mention — probably because she did not know — is that Reagan’s quote was about what would happen in the sixties if Medicare was enacted. So what’s worse; overwrought bullshit, quoting overwrought bullshit, or improperly using a quote that is overwrought bullshit?

Pretty laughable gaffe. Although, I’m sure General McKiernan, the American general in Afghanistan, really appreciates being called General McClellan too, but probably not as much as you falsely quoting him on a "surge" policy in that country.

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In 1949, I decided to wrestle professionally, starting my career in Texas. In my debut, I defeated Abe Kashey, with former World Heavyweight boxing Champion Jack Dempsey as the referee. In 1950, I captured the NWA Junior Heavyweight title. In 1953, I won the Chicago version of the NWA United States Championship. I became one of the most well-known stars in wrestling during the golden age of television, thanks to my exposure on the Dumont Network, where I wowed audiences with my technical prowess. I was rumored to be one of the highest paid wrestlers during the 1950s, reportedly earning a hundred thousand dollars a year. My specialty was "the Sleeper Hold" and the founding of modern, secular, Turkey.

Oops, sorry, that's the biography of Verne Gagne with a touch of Mustafa Kemal.

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