It was supposed to be a closed event. The anti-abortion folks in Milwaukee invited failed Vice-Presidential candidate and failed former Governor Sarah Palin to give a pep talk Friday night. The media were NOT invited. Admission was by $30 ticket only. The rules were stated clearly: no cell phones, no recording devices, no video or still cameras, no laptops, no photos or recording of any kind, and all bags will be searched.
Except for the “no media” part, you’d think it was a rock concert.
But the media got in. At least three reporters were at the event, including one from the popular online political website “Politico”, who worked the way reporters have for years…taking notes…and filed a five-page report on the pep rally. How did Politico reporter Jonathan Martin sneak in?
He bought a ticket.
It’s not difficult to understand why the Maverick Queen doesn’t want reporters around, given her pathetic performance during the failed White House campaign. And, according to Martin, she didn’t disappoint.
She didn’t say “death panels” in her talk Friday night, but Martin says she repeatedly suggested that the Obama administration and its liberal policies would lead to de facto euthanasia. It was a rambling speech from prepared remarks, peppered with those colorful ad-lib remarks about how the military is “awesome” and the liberal media are “bogus”. And there were the familiar themes the anti-abortion crowd loves to hear.
She made the death-panel charge again, though, the next day (Saturday) on her Facebook page.
According to Martin, there was the inevitable foot-in-mouth moment, although Palin had no clue she was doing it. She whined that the newly-minted dollar coins have the phrase “In God We Trust” way off on the periphery of the coin, on the edge, rather than in the center, and said “Who calls a shot like that? Who makes a decision like that?”
The answer, of course, is George W. Bush, whose Republican-led congress in 2005 approved the design.
Apparently the lipstick-wearing hockey mom thinks it was that horrible Obama man who put God off on the side of the coin. She must have been fooled by the bogus e-mails on the topic being sent around by conservatives who don’t do much fact-checking.
Politico says about five thousand people were at the event, in a huge building at the State Fair Grounds, and there were pledge cards on every chair including an offer to become one of “Sarah’s Rogues” by giving a thousand bucks. In addition to being an official rogue, you’d get a copy of her new book “Going Rogue: An American Life”.
Apparently if Limbaugh and Hannity and their ilk have their way, Palin will be on the Republican ticket in 2012. I don’t listen enough to either show to know if they want her on the top of the ticket. But I hear them talk about her a lot, in the limited listening I do.
But don’t take my word - or Politico’s - about Palin. She’s got a Twitter account again…and you can follow her tweets at SarahPalinUSA.
Include me out.