Know what you’re quoting
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.