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Friday, February 22, 2008

"The hits that I took in this election"

I feel almost guilty for posting an item on this because the silliness of the plagiarism charge against Obama, that Hillary pushed again last night at the debate (for which she got booed), makes me cringe.

It's especially silly because Clinton herself borrows lines from her husband's campaign without attribution.

Case in point (as first noted by John Marshall at TPM) -- you be the judge:

Clinton, 92: "The hits that I took in this election are nothing compared to the hits the people of this state and this country have been taking for a long time."

Hillary Clinton, tonight: "You know, the hits I’ve taken in life are nothing compared to what goes on every single day in the lives of people across our country."

Just to be 100% clear, there's nothing in the least wrong with this. And it's a great line. But I think it shows the silliness of the 'plagiarism' charges based on a few borrowed lines. Politicians borrow good lines and catch-phrases. Happens all the time. There's nothing wrong with it.

Compare these two speeches:

In light of this common practice among politicians, can everyone now drop this non-issue?