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Palin’s Cunning Sleight of Hand

Sarah Palin’s Sleight of Hand

Sarah Palin’s Sleight of Hand

Liberals had a blast mocking Sarah Palin last weekend when she was caught addressing the Tea Party Convention with a cheat sheet scrawled on her hand. Even the president’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, couldn’t resist getting into the act and treated a White House briefing to a Palin hand gag of his own.

Yet the laughter rang hollow. You had to wonder if Palin, who is nothing if not cunning, had sprung a trap. She knows all too well that the more the so-called elites lampoon her, the more she cements her cred with the third of the country that is her base. Her hand hieroglyphics may not have been speaking aids but bait.

If so, mission accomplished. Her sleight of hand gave the anti-Palin chorus another prod to deride her as an empty-headed, subliterate clown, and her fans another cue to rally. The only problem is that the serious import of Palin’s overriding political message got lost in this distracting sideshow. That message has the power to upend the Obama presidency — even if Palin, with her record-low approval ratings, never gets anywhere near the White House.

The Palin shtick has now become the Republican catechism, parroted by every party leader in Washington. Their constant refrain, delivered with cynicism but not irony, is this: Republicans are the anti-big-government, anti-stimulus, anti-Wall Street, pro-Tea Party tribunes of the common folk. “This is about the people,” as Palin repeatedly put it last weekend while pocketing $100,000 of the Tea Partiers’ money.

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Anti-Palin Rally Draws 1,000 Protesters in Anchorage, Alaska

 

Speakers at the Hold Palin Accountable Rally Saturday September 27 2008

Speakers at the Hold Palin Accountable Rally Saturday September 27 2008

Participants hoist a variety of Anti-Palin signs at the Hold Palin Accountable Rally

Participants hoist a variety of Anti-Palin signs at the Hold Palin Accountable Rally

In an Anchorage Daily News article by Kyle Hopkins, hundreds of people converged on downtown Anchorage September 27, 2008 protesting Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s mishandling of the Troopergate investigation.  Demonstrators carried signs demanding Gov. Palin clear up lingering questions in the stalled ethics investigation into the termination of popular Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan and shouted “Recall Palin” at passing motorists.   

Walt Monegan's mother Betty Monegan appears at the Hold Palin Accountable Rally

Walt Monegan's mother Betty Monegan appears at the Hold Palin Accountable Rally

They also called for the resignation of Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg, who is seen as delaying the investigation due to Gov. Palin’s selection as GOP presidential candidate John McCain’s vice presidential running mate.  Speakers included Walt Monegan’s mom, Betty Monegan, who became emotional at the outpouring of support for her son.

A protest rally blasting Gov. Sarah Palin’s handling of the state’s so-called Troopergate investigation — and calling for the attorney general to resign — drew 1,000 or more people to the Delaney Park Strip in Anchorage on Saturday.

Protesters chanted “recall Palin!” as organizers told the crowd to push state legislators to keep after their investigation into the governor’s firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

The investigator hired by the Legislature is scheduled to present his report on Oct. 10.

“This report needs to be released. Not just for us … it needs to be released for all those people in the Lower 48 who are going to make a decision on Nov. 4,” Democratic blogger Linda Kellen Biegel told hundreds of protesters gathered on the Park Strip grass.

Protest sign at the Saturday September 27th Hold Palin Accountable Rally

Protest sign at the Saturday September 27th Hold Palin Accountable Rally

Earlier, hundreds of people lined I Street, waving signs that said “Steady on her heels, wobbly on her words” and “Tina Fey would do a better job” at passing cars. A group calling itself Alaskans for Truth organized the event, which at times resembled a Barack Obama campaign rally.

Anchorage singer-songwriter Libby Roderick led the crowd in a chorus of “We’re gonna keep on moving forward” and “Stand tall for Obama,” while Obama volunteers signed up supporters under a nearby tent.

Next to the Obama fliers sat petitions calling for Attorney General Talis Colberg to be removed from his job.

On July 28, the Legislative Council — a bipartisan group of 12 state lawmakers — voted to launch an abuse-of-power investigation into Palin’s firing of Monegan.

Palin initially said she’d cooperate with the investigation. Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain announced Palin as his running mate Aug. 29, and the McCain camp has argued that the investigation became a partisan witchhunt spurred by Democrats.

Colberg is suing to quash the Legislature’s subpoenas of Palin aides in what’s become a turf battle between the state’s executive and legislative branches of government.

Nicole McCullough came to the rally with her grand-niece and grand-nephew — twins born the day before Palin’s youngest son, Trig. McCullough wore a pitbull mask with large red lips, a reference to a Palin’s joke about hockey moms at the Republican National Convention.

A Hillary Clinton supporter earlier in the election, McCullough called Palin “a female Dan Quayle” and carried a sign that read: “Gov. Pitbull, call off your McCain dogs.

It’s a reference to the McCain spokespeople and attorneys, including the self-described “Truth Squad” that’s been defending the governor in regular Anchorage press conferences.

“She’s had a lot of outside lawyers coming into the state … and I think they’re just being in the way of our legislative process,” McCullough said.

As of this afternoon, the McCain campaign couldn’t be reached for comment.

Anti-Palin Rally Draws 1,000 Protesters

Hundreds of Alaskans Rally to Protest Palin on ‘Troopergate’

Anti-Palin Protests in Anchorage Alaska - Demonstrator with Palinocchio sign

Anti-Palin Protests in Anchorage Alaska - Demonstrator with "Palinocchio" sign

The Anchorage Daily News reported on a large Anti-Palin demonstration held in Anchorage, Alaska this past Saturday, 27, 2008.  Alaskans have grown increasingly frustrated with Governor Sarah Palin’s lack of cooperation in the “Troopergate” ethics investigation.  Extensive photographs of the protest have been set to music and posted on YouTube.com, one of which is included below.

A protest rally blasting Gov. Sarah Palin’s handling of the state’s so-called troopergate investigation — and calling for the attorney general to resign — drew 1,000 or more people in Anchorage on Saturday.
Protesters chanted “Recall Palin!” as organizers told the crowd to push state legislators to keep after their investigation into the governor’s firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

AKMuckraker has a firsthand account and says there were over 1,500 protesters:

After an hour or so, we were all called to the main stage to hear the speakers. It was difficult to pull ourselves away from the road. There was an incredible amount of support from honking cars, and drivers waving and giving “thumbs up”. There were amazing signs. There were pitbull masks. There was a guy dressed like Richard Nixon. There were live chickens. Yes, a woman had a cage of live chickens beneath her sign that read, “Sarah, Don’t Chicken Out!”
…The speakers were great. CC from KUDO radio, Shannyn Moore from Air America, Ron Devon reading a letter of support from Rep. Les Gara who was out of state, Libby Roderick, local folk singing legend, John Cyr, head of the troopers’ union, and many more. The greatest of all was the final speaker – Walt Monegan’s Mom. She stood up, obviously emotional, and thanked the crowd for their support. “I never knew so many people loved Walt,” she said, her voice quivering a little. She talked about her son, and that he was a good man. “I’m going to cry……I don’t know what else to say but, thank you!” She sat down again, and mopped her eyes, and the crowd went wild.

Hundreds of Alaskans rally to protest Palin on ‘Troopergate’