Well, that's something of a misnomer -- we all know McCain doesn't know how to work those new-fangled internets thingies, so obviously one of his puppeteers chose the passages for him, but here's the scoop:
A Wikipedia editor emailed Political Wire to point out some similarities between Sen. John McCain's speech today on the crisis in Georgia and the Wikipedia article on the country Georgia. Given the closeness of the words and sentence structure, most would consider parts of McCain's speech to be derived directly from Wikipedia.
The article points to three specific passages in McCain's speech which were obviously lifted straight out of wikipedia. It's comforting to note that the know-nothings on the right are able to do research on a par with a fifth grader.... and it beats McCain putting his foot in his mouth as he has in the past.
one of the first countries in the world to adopt Christianity as an official religion (Wikipedia)
one of the world's first nations to adopt Christianity as an official religion (McCain)
After the Russian Revolution of 1917, Georgia had a brief period of independence as a Democratic Republic (1918-1921), which was terminated by the Red Army invasion of Georgia. Georgia became part of the Soviet Union in 1922 and regained its independence in 1991. Early post-Soviet years was marked by a civil unrest and economic crisis. (Wikipedia)
After a brief period of independence following the Russian revolution, the Red Army forced Georgia to join the Soviet Union in 1922. As the Soviet Union crumbled at the end of the Cold War, Georgia regained its independence in 1991, but its early years were marked by instability, corruption, and economic crises. (McCain)
And the Republican rubes just lap it up...
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