Posted by Victoria S Dennis on January 01, 2006
In Reply to: Politics makes for strange bedfellows Posted by Joe Trainor on December 31, 2005
: anyone familiar with the origin of "politics makes for strange bedfellows"
Like so much else, it's originally from Shakespeare: "Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows" (from The Tempest). In the 19th century it was adapted by Lord Lytton: "Poverty has strange bedfellows". I don't know who first attached it to "politics", but I have also heard "necessity makes strange bedfellows".