Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Joe Biden, the authority on the subject


Scot Ross of One Wisconsin Now is not satisfied with the explanation given by State Rep Joel Kleefisch’s staff of why they lifted almost word-for-word excerpts from congressional press releases regarding a proposed new overtime law.

Ross was not satisfied with the note from the legislative aide.

“Rep. Kleefisch plagiarized and he got caught,” Ross said. “It would be nice instead of this ‘malarkey’ (credit: Joe Biden), Rep. Kleefisch would, using his own words, apologize and take responsibility for this violation of the trust of his colleagues and the public.”

Former presidential candidate Joe Biden? Quoting him when making a point about plagiarism has got to be “a first in a thousand” press releases for One Wisconsin Now*.

As David Greenberg wrote in Slate in 2008,

The sheer number and extent of Biden’s fibs, distortions, and plagiarisms struck many observers at the time as worrisome, to say the least. While a media feeding frenzy (a term popularized in the 1988 campaign) always creates an unseemly air of hysteria, Biden deserved the scrutiny he received. Quitting the race was the right thing to do.

Maybe Ross would have been better off calling the Kleefisch press release issue a “tempest in a teapot.”

(*the self-described partisan organization with the fascist-sounding name)

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