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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Mistaking the Musical Hamilton for the Real One

Many posts have discussed bogus or misattributed quotations.

At The Gothamist, David Colon reports on a radio debate between Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and primary challenger Oliver Rosenberg:
How quickly did things turn weird? After Nadler gives a summation of the size of his district and what he considers his accomplishments in his latest term, Rosenberg thanks Lehrer for giving New Yorkers a chance to hear about "the issues" and follows that with a Sarah Palin-esque steam-of-consciousness:...
What's next to go, Fairway? Barney Greengrass? The politicians don't care. They care about the money they get from their friends in the banks. They don't care about our city. I do. That's why I'm running. The subways are third world. The rents are too damn high. This is the year millions of people are standing up. All the problems have gotten worse in Congress. We don't take this, we're New Yorkers. We're not afraid to speak up. We need new answers, a new plan, new energy. As Alexander Hamilton says, 'This is not a moment this is the movement. Foes oppose us we take an honest stand. We roll like Moses claiming our promised land.' Rise up, rise up and vote."
Yes, beyond fact that Rosenberg doesn't seem to understand what the federal government can do locally, that's an actual candidate for federal office ascribing a lyric from the character Alexander Hamilton to the actual Alexander Hamilton.
On Tuesday, Rosenberg lost.