|Just one of the "freedom loving patriots" that showed up to see Palin.|
Yesterday, Americans For Prosperity held a fake grassroots rally called “Patriots in the Park” in Belleville, Michigan near the Detroit Metro Airport. Around 400-500 tea party supporters and Sarah Palin fanatics showed up to bake in the hot sun to witness an event, dubbed “Kochstock” by LOLGOP, bought and paid for by the conservative group that bills itself as a non-political 501(c)(4) nonprofit group. This nonprofit status allows them to hide their donors and to sponsor these types of events around the country as long as they don’t support a candidate.
The result was a several-hour long anti-Obama, anti-Democrat hatefest where not a single Republican candidate got mentioned.
Aha! So despite reports to the contrary by lying Palin-bots there really were ONLY 400-500 idiots there. I knew it!
Sarah Palin adorers were everywhere. In fact, if she wasn’t the headliner, they never would have had 400 people there. It was a level of adulation and reverence that I haven’t seen since the Obama rallies of 2008.
Except during the 2008 campaign the reason ONLY 400 people would have shown up to see Obama was if he were traveling incognito, and heavily in disguise. And even THEN I would expect a larger turnout.
Apparently there were even sightings of Palin mingling with the crowd looking more lifelike than usual.
But of course these sad little people did not pay money (No seriously they DIDN'T pay any money.) just to see a cardboard cutout (Despite the fact that it undoubtedly had more human qualities), and the Grizzled Mama eventually DID make her appearance.
And then it was time for the main attraction: Sarah Palin in the flesh. She was introduced by an AFP guy whose wife spoke on stage right before him. “I’m sandwiched between my wife and Sarah Palin,” he joked.
Okay that made me throw up in my mouth a little.
The undercover reporter then goes on to report about Palin's speech which of course we covered Saturday. However I thought the way he summed up his experiences at this fake rally was worht sharing.
The adulation of Sarah Palin is almost unseemly. Women in the crowd were clearly in love with her but the men … well, my wife calls it “political porn”. She’s right. Between one emcee calling her a “stone fox” and a “hot babe” and another one talking about being sandwiched between her and his wife, Sarah Palin is, for her male admirers, little more than a political porn star, a sexual fantasy figure.
What this does for women in politics is horrendous. As Republicans wage their War on Women across the country, they are promoting an unhealthy and flagrantly sexualized role for their female politicians. You would never hear about a Democratic female speaker being referred to or introduced in such a fashion. The fact that Palin allows it says pretty much everything you need to know about her and about her political party.
You know his description of her attractiveness might have been true four years ago, before plastic surgery, constant dieting, and the stress of keeping all of the Palin family secrets under wraps had taken its toll, but seriously WHO thinks of Palin in sexualised terms these days?
Oh, okay well I guess that clears THAT up.