Friday, November 20, 2009

Palin-Palooza Heading For Roanoke; The Haters Snark Away

Former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin will sign her new book "Going Rogue: An American Life" at the Valley View Mall Barnes and Noble bookstore this Sunday at 10:00 am. If the early stops are any indication, expect a huge crowd for Palin's appearance. Palin is the hottest political superstar in America and she will inspire a long line of early risers to be in place waiting when wrist bands at handed out at 6:00am to insure a place in the autograph line.

Of course, not everyone loves Sarah Palin. Friday's Roanoke Times featured an article about the highly-anticipated event and also included a list of "do's and dont's" that Barnes and Noble has been handing out to folks who purchase the Palin book. It is certainly not uncommon for such events to have certain requirements. For instance, Barnes and Noble requires that you purchase the book at their store (or from their online store) for the privilege of getting it signed. Hardly unusual. A wristband system will be used to place a finite number on the autograph line. In addition, there are other rules in place to facilitate a smooth and fast-moving line.

However, The Roanoke Times, being a Leftist rag, placed a snarky "explanation" of the rules in the middle of the page containing the continuation of the main story while placing the "just the facts" version of the rules in the bottom right corner of the page. The oh-so-clever Dan Casey dedicated his junior high wit to an "analysis" of the rules. For example,

* Line passes/wristbands will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 a.m. Sunday. Translation: Get your butt out of bed early if you want to see Sarah.

* You must be present in order to get a line pass/wristband. Translation: You can't get one the day before, so skip church!

* You must present your ORIGINAL Barnes & Nobel or receipt for "Going Rogue" in order to get a line pass/wristband. Translation: Tickets for Sarah's appearance are $17 plus change (and tax). You cannot bring your receipt from Walmart, where the book costs $14.50. So don't even try, cheapskates!

Do any of those requirements seem shocking? Sounds like the way most high-traffic events are managed.

* One line pass/wristband will be issued per person. Translation: If you've purchased two copies and a friend wants to come along, make sure you get separate receipts.

* A maximum of two copies of "Going Rogue" will be signed per person. Translation: Please buy more, but don't expect much, OK? Her hands will already be aching from the Rochester, N.Y., signing Saturday night.

* No memorabilia will be signed -- only the book, "Going Rogue." Translation: This is to sell books, you dummy. She will not sign the caribou sausage you brought home from that Alaska cruise but are afraid to eat, so don't even ask.

These are the types of limits that are common for an event that will draw a large and eager crowd. After all, this book was a best-seller long before it was released and Sarah Palin is a very popular lady. Maybe Dan Casey should try to arrange a Nancy Pelosi book signing (yes, she released a book earlier this year--I think it is in the top 80,000 on If the Speakerette holds a book signing the crowd will be so sparse that San Fran Nan will likely be able to join you at Panera Bread for breakfast.

Leftist clowns will continue to attack Palin, whether out of jealousy, ignorance or fear. She may or may not be presidential material, but she does represent the values and ideals that embody America at its best. Those values are alien to Statist Leftists. Real America gets Sarah Palin.


  1. How many of our former presidents were qualified and presidential material???

  2. I agree with your point. The skill set that qualifies one to be POTUS is difficult to define. I would suggest we have had very few Presidents who actually understood their constitutional role. The current one believes he is an absolute ruler, but so did most of the Presidents considered "great" by historians. Of course, it is no accident that those Presidents, some Democrat and some Republican, worked hard to increase the power of the federal government.

    I have tremendous respect for Sarah Palin and believe she should be seen as an important voice in the Conservative movement. However, I am not ready to proclaim her my presidential favorite for 2012. She is for real and is not the cariacature painted by the Angry Left and Liberal Republicans. That does not necessarily mean she is the best choice to be President of the United States.