Damn that Jon Stewart. He said the same thing I did, except he was a lot funnier.
Like I said, it’s not the lack of understanding about Paul Revere’s ride that bothers me.
Even I thought that Revere shouted “The British are coming!” as he rode through Massachusetts on that fateful night.
Apparently he did not.
Instead, it’s Palin’s subsequent attempt to explain the mistake away with nonsense and her refusal to accept responsibility for a historical faux pas that upset me so.
Of course, it turns out that Sarah Palin may not be at fault. Several people have suggested that she may be suffering from the Dunning-Kruger effect, a condition by which unskilled people make poor decisions and reach erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence denies them the meta-cognitive ability to appreciate their mistakes.
Sounds about right.
She was recently spurned by Margaret Thatcher, who will reportedly reject any attempt by Palin to meet with her during Palin’s proposed visit to Britain on the basis that “Sarah Palin is nuts.”
Not a good week for the former governor from Alaska.
But I promise: A little honesty would have helped her considerably.