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Avi said Bob Hendlun on Wed, then Avi again Thu & Fri

7 posted on 02/20/2008 12:06:28 AM PST by raccoonradio
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Howie column ping

Yeah, they sound the same, but I’ve been telling you that
By Howie Carr | Wednesday, February 20, 2008 |

How desperate is Hillary Clinton when she’s accusing Barack Obama of lifting material from Deval Patrick?

First of all, Deval is working for him - you can’t steal something from somebody who’s working for you. Second of all, if Barack ever does get caught lifting material from somebody else who’s not on the team, he can always dust off the ultimate excuse:

It wasn’t plagiarism, it was an homage.

That’s what those wacky Jerry Lewis-loving French film directors always used to say when somebody caught them lifting scenes, shot by shot, from a crappy Grade B Monogram film noir.

This is a very gray area, but I don’t think Obama is even close to the line. I mean, when I first heard Sunday that the Clintons were peddling this “plagiarism” story, I thought they must be kidding. On my radio show, we’ve been running back-to-back audio cuts for weeks now of Barack and Deval - one yelling “Yes, we can!” and the other one leading the chant, “Together, we can!”

Plus I could have sworn I wrote two columns right after Hillary won this state 56-41, basically saying that Massachusetts Democrats heard all the same lines from Barack that they’d heard from Deval in 2006, and that they weren’t buying another pig in a poke.

I guess nobody read those columns of mine, which is a lot more depressing than being plagiarized, I can tell you that.

Remember a guy on the old Boston School Committee named Joe Casper? Back in 1985, he was rooting through the garbage on Court Street (that’s the kind of guy he was, OK?). In the trash he discovered a speech that his colleague Rita Walsh-Tomasini was going to deliver to some high school group.

Knowing that he was scheduled to speak at the same event first, Casper grabbed the speech out of the wastebasket. A day or two later, he delivered her speech, word for word, as Rita sat on the stage in the traditional stunned disbelief. When it was her turn, Rita got up and said she’d decided not to deliver a full address, but just to congratulate everyone. Needless to say, she got a bigger hand from the crowd than Casper.

But Casper, always the jokester, was unrepentant.

“It was God’s will,” he said of the speech’s appearance in the trash can. “I never said I wrote it.”

Maybe it wasn’t plagiarism, but it was definitely stealing.

The difference with Barack and Deval is that Deval gave the lines to him, willingly, or at least didn’t care if he used them. It’s very simple. If Barack wins, Deval wins.

Look, I’ve coined a lot of nicknames for people, but the fact is, some of the best ones were spoon-fed to me. A guy from Milton told me the other night how much he liked my nickname for Sen. Brian Joyce - Multiple-Choice Joyce.

That is a good nickname, and I’m glad to take full credit for it. But the fact is that it was given to me by one of Joyce’s political foes during the 2001 congressional race. The real author has told me he doesn’t want me ever to reveal him as the “source,” as it were. Ditto, the guy who pinned the nickname “Muffy” on Kerry Healey.

Sometimes people don’t claim credit for other people’s work because there’s even more cachet in citing an authority. Like Billy Bulger with James Michael Curley’s line about the Ancient & Honorables: “Invincible in peace, invisible in war.”

It’s a guaranteed winner of a quote whenever you deliver it, but crediting it to Curley makes you appear almost erudite.

This has been going on forever. It’s just that very few politicians have ever thought to whine about it until now. But Hillary is drowning, and drowning women are desperate. Just ask Ted Kennedy.

I read that last line on the Internet yesterday, I think. Or maybe I added the part about Ted Kennedy. Whatever, it’s in the paper now. Consider it God’s will.
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8 posted on 02/20/2008 12:12:28 AM PST by raccoonradio
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