Your words are not your own

By AL DIAMON  |  May 12, 2010

That was original, but not in a good way. In an editorial on May 4, the Bangor paper pointed out that King still lives here; Mitchell resides in New York, a state with almost the same tax burden as Maine; and Bill Cohen stayed in Washington because he became a lobbyist. The paper accused you of “making things up.”
One minute you’re complaining I’m getting all my material from somebody else, and the next you’re claiming I’m producing my own fiction. Make up your mind.

OK, forget about all that. Just tell me what your education policy actually is.
We need education in the obvious more than investigation of the obscure.

I think Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. already said that.
What think tank does he work for? I’ll hire him to replace that plagiarist I fired.

Why do you still believe you can get away with passing off other people’s work as your own?
All the courses of my life do show I am not in the roll of common men.

That’s Shakespeare. You’re pathetic.
I feel your scorn and I accept it.

Arrrrgh. Jon Stewart said that on The Daily Show. Doesn’t this persistent use of stolen ideas indicate you’re not fit to be governor?
I have nothing but contempt for the kind of governor who is afraid, for whatever reason, to follow the course that he knows is best for the State.

Is that Sophocles? Doesn’t matter. You’re still not answering my questions.
A fool may ask more questions in an hour than a wise man can answer in seven years.

I don’t know the author of that line, but I bet you’ll be hearing from his lawyer before this campaign is over.
I think it was said right after that congressional hearing by one of those executives from Goldman Sachs.

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