Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Not A Fan Of Her Fans

It's easy to ridicule Sarah Palin because she entered crib notes on her left palm sometime prior to a question and answer session with a very friendly interviewer before a very friendly audience in order to answer questions which she may have been informed of. Easy and accurate, though more appropriate to criticize than ridicule.

It may have been simply that she needed those few words to remember her core values. Or perhaps it was something a little different, especially given that apparently few if any people there suspected anything.

A pattern is developing. On November 29, 2009 Palin stopped in Indiana on her tour to promote Going Rogue and apparently gave the back of her palm hand to her fans. As The Huffington Post reported at the time (video below)

The local Borders outlet had handed out 1,000 wristbands to book purchasers; the wristbands were supposed to procure fans Palin's signature on their hardback copies of "Going Rogue." But several dozen people who had been promised signatures were turned away empty-handed after waiting hours in poor weather, a local news outlet, the Indy Channel, reported.

"We gave up our entire workday, stayed in the cold, my kids were crying," one man was quoted saying. "They went home with my wife. She was out here in the freezing cold all day. I feel like I don't want to support Sarah."

Another woman told Indy Channel, "We bought two books from Borders to have our receipt and our wristband to get it signed tonight. My books are going back to Borders tomorrow."

The angry crowd turned on Palin as she returned to her "Going Rogue" tour bus. Video below shows people booing and shouting at the bus, and shouting "Sign our books Sarah!" as the engine revved up and Palin departed.

Last Sunday, the former governor spoke at a motivational seminar in Cypress, Texas (a suburb of Houston) but a lost of people missed out on hearing her. Reporter Josef Jarod found

"I wasn't motivated" one man said to me in the elevator as I left the speech, "she sounded un-prepared and erratic and focused an awful lot on her script."

It was 9:30 AM, and Just half an hour earlier Sarah Palin had wrapped up a "motivational" speech about "achievement" at the Toyota Center in downtown Houston. Though Palin was to be the headliner of the all day business seminar which featured a dozen other speakers like General Colin Powell and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. She was the first to perform."

"I was also kind of amazed that they let her go first, I mean, we weren't even all seated yet when she started." Palin started her speech at 8:00 AM sharp, she was the first person out of the gates - there wasn't even a Master of Ceremonies. And given the fact that morning rush hour in Houston was exceptionally bad today, it meant there were going to be a lot of unhappy ticket holders(particularly as some paid as much as two hundred dollars.)

"She already gave her speech?!" One man exclaimed in the lobby after arriving minutes too late, "What the hell, I was stuck in traffic... why wouldn't they save the best for last?!" Several elderly women with Palin lapel pins who were trying desperately to hurry through security were also distraught when they heard the news, "Ohhh Noooooo! Nooooo!"

Sarah Palin had another engagement in California later in the afternoon and didn't have a minute to waste.

This came a day after Mrs. Palin, portrayed as a politician of unshakable family values and conservative ideology, answered in Nashville, Tennessee that question about core principles. She could have jotted notes down onto a clipboard, not unlike one of the founders of modern American conservatism (now largely warped by Palin and others), the late William F. Buckley Jr. No intellectual slouch he.

But that would have taken a little more effort- seven words wouldn't have done it. Instead, she chose to deceive her audience which, understandably, was unaware of what she was doing. It was an Academy Award-caliber performance, a subtle glance at her left hand. She didn't want to reveal herself, but to obscure herself. And that, viewed in light of her appearances in Noblesville, Indiana in November and Nashville, Tennessee last weekend, shows more than a little contempt for her followers.

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