One Good Thing About Sarah Palin

The one good thing is that she has indirectly caused some excellent Alaska blogs to rise to the surface — notably, Mudflats.

Here is a post about the beyond-their-wildest-dreams success of an anti-Palin women’s rally in Anchorage:

I attended the Welcome Home rally for Sarah Palin this morning.  Hooo.  It was an experience. About a thousand (maybe) hard-core Palin supporters showed up to hear her speak at the new Dena’ina Convention Center in downtown Anchorage.

After shaking it off with a good double shot of espresso, and a brisk walk back to my car, it was time to head to the Alaska Women Reject Palin rally.    It was to be held outside on the lawn in front of the Loussac Library in midtown Anchorage.  Home made signs were encouraged, and the idea was to make a statement that Sarah Palin does not speak for all Alaska women, or men.  I had no idea what to expect.

The rally was organized by a small group of women, talking over coffee.  It made me wonder what other things have started with small groups of women talking over coffee.  It’s probably an impressive list.  These women hatched the plan, printed up flyers, posted them around town, and sent notices to local media outlets.  One of those media outlets was KBYR radio, home of Eddie Burke, a long-time uber-conservative Anchorage talk show host.  Turns out that Eddie Burke not only announced the rally, but called the people who planned to attend the rally “a bunch of socialist baby-killing maggots”, and read the home phone numbers of the organizers aloud over the air, urging listeners to call and tell them what they thought.  The women, of course, received many nasty,  harassing and threatening messages.

So, as I jettisoned myself from the jaws of the ‘Drill Baby Drill’ crowd and toward the mystery rally at the library, I felt a bit apprehensive.  I’d been disappointed before by the turnout at other rallies.  Basically, in Anchorage, if you can get 25 people to show up at an event, it’s a success.  So, I thought to myself, if we can actually get 100 people there that aren’t sent by Eddie Burke, we’ll be doing good.  A real statement will have been made.  I confess, I still had a mental image of 15 demonstrators surrounded by hundreds of menacing “socialist baby-killing maggot” haters.

It’s a good thing I wasn’t tailgating when I saw the crowd in front of the library or I would have ended up in somebody’s trunk.  When I got there, about 20 minutes early, the line of sign wavers stretched the full length of the library grounds, along the edge of the road, 6 or 7 people deep!  I could hardly find a place to park.  I nabbed one of the last spots in the library lot, and as I got out of the car and started walking, people seemed to join in from every direction, carrying signs.

Never, have I seen anything like it in my 17 and a half years living in Anchorage.  The organizers had someone walk the rally with a counter, and they clicked off well over 1400 people (not including the 90 counter-demonstrators).  This was the biggest political rally ever, in the history of the state.  I was absolutely stunned.  The second most amazing thing is how many people honked and gave the thumbs up as they drove by.  And even those that didn’t honk looked wide-eyed and awe-struck at the huge crowd that was growing by the minute.  This just doesn’t happen here.

It does now.

4 Responses to “One Good Thing About Sarah Palin”

  1. Robert Apple says:

    I must admit it, I am one of the “elitists” that Americans are supposed to hate so much. I’m college-educated and I even used to be a very good student before becoming rebellious and bored with high school. I used to be considered intelligent and was often the top student or at least one of the top two students in my class. However, I don’t make very much money, so I am low income. I would say that, with my wife’s income, we could qualify for being part of “middle America.”

    Now that I have revealed the fact that I am intelligent by most measures of intelligence, most or all of middle America should not believe anything that I have to say and should disregard all of my opinions. Even many Democrats would tell me not to dare to criticize the wonderful Sarah Palin, since she is the answer to so many people’s prayers. She’s a woman. She has five kids. She likes guns. She doesn’t know what the Bush Doctrine is. How could anyone possibly be more qualified to be President of the United States?

    George H.W. Bush (remember him?) used to deride the “intelligentsia” and “intellectuals.” Don’t ever trust anyone like Thomas Jefferson or Benjamin Franklin. They were intelligent. Barack Obama might be intelligent, so you can’t possibly trust him. Only people who are not intelligent can be trusted and are qualified to become President of the United States.

    There could not be any possibility that someone who is intelligent might pretend to not be intelligent in order to get votes from superior non-thinking non-elitist middle American, could there?

  2. Chief says:

    How did you ever find ‘Mudflats’ ?? That is neat. And all the pictures of the Anti-Sarah rally was a real hoot. Good find. I bookmarked it.

  3. Kathy says:

    Chief,

    Actually, it was linked from Memeorandum as a blogger response to one of the stories there. That’s how I find many, maybe even most, of my “discoveries.”

  4. tony says:

    Sarah Plain is a moronic simpleton. She is a parrot in an Anne Taylor suit. That woman should not be allowed to give white house tours let alone stand in line to hold one of the most powerful positions in the world. Bottom line is I am of greater intellect than her. I also believe that 85% of the people I know are wiser than her. With that I do not feel I should be up nor do I feel that there is a person I communicate with on a regular basis who is qualified to be up. This concept that the extreme neo-con wing of the republican party has put forth, that we as a people need a leader “just like us”, is another scam they are playing on the distracted American psyche. Shame on them for parading this poor clueless woman around in order to d

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