"Politics Makes Strange Bed-Fellows"

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Sun Feb 6 21:46:32 UTC 2005

On Sun, 6 Feb 2005 09:29:00 -0500, Sam Clements <SClements at NEO.RR.COM> wrote:
>From: "Fred Shapiro" <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>
>> Is anyone able to search American Periodical Series to find an 1855
>> occurrence there of "politics makes strange bed-fellows"?  I would need
>> exact source and exact wording.
>_National Era_ Nov 8, 1855; VOL. IX, NO. 462  pg. 178
>"When Know Nothingism first made its appearance, its principal aim was to
>check the aggressions of Popery, and secondarily to curtail the foreign
>influence.  But "politics make strange bed-fellows;" and "'tis passing
>strange'" to see Sam and the Pope lie down together in perfect peace, as is
>now witnessed in Louisiana."

_Workingman's Advocate_, Mar 10, 1832, Vol. 3, Iss. 30, p. 1
Verily, politics _do_ make strange bedfellows.

--Ben Zimmer

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