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  •  Sigh. Multi-level Shakespeare fail. (2+ / 0-)
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    myboo, Raven in Philly

    But then again, I'd be shocked if Michelle Bachmann came anywhere close to getting a Shakespeare reference correct.

    Beyond the misquotation, the word "protests" in that line means "promises" (as in the phrase "protestation of faith"). In the play within the play, the Player Queen has just vowed "Both here and hence pursue me lasting strife, / If, once a widow, ever I be wife!"  Hamlet asks his mother how she likes the play, and she replies, "The lady promises too much" (i.e., not to remarry if her husband dies, as of course Gertrude has just done).

    In the sense of "promise," the Republicans who voted for the sequester never "protest" -- or deliver -- anything except opposition and hatred.

    "Reminds me of the Shakespeare line" -- forsooth!

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