Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Posted: October 9, 2008 in Media
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Washington Post columnist George Will picks up on the Don Quixote theme that my friend and former colleague Adam Blickstein wrote about a few days earlier.

Will on October 9:

This, McCain and his female Sancho Panza say, is demonstrated by bad associations Obama had in Chicago, such as with William Ayers, the unrepentant terrorist.

Adam on September 26:

John Quixote, seeking not to be the leader of men, but the king of the fools. Because even a king of the fools is still a king.

And along for the ride, his Dulcinea from Wasilla and Sancho Panza from Stamford, enable the farcical hero. She, a sweet and simple person with a rustic pedigree, chosen to impress, flails in the presence of serious people with serious questions. His squire, the duplicitous Panza, walks in lockstep with John Quixote’s shadow, hoping for personal glory and recognition of his own prowess. The bizarre trio, on their own adventure, fighting imaginary enemies in their own imaginary world.

Yes, Will has Palin as his Sancho Panza, as opposed to Adam who used Joe Lieberman. Let me be clear: I am not accusing George Will of plagiarism. I am just noting, with some amusement, that Adam used the Don Quixote metaphor first.

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