Sarah Palin in Florida, via the Washington Post:
Set the stage for us young lady -
As the donors sipped their bloody marys and mimosas, she added, in a conspiratorial stage whisper, “I’m sending the message back to John McCain also: Tomorrow night in his debate, might as well take the gloves off.” Darn right.
Of course, it’s not only gloves and heels; headgear has a role, too. “Okay, so, Florida, you know that you’re going to have to hang on to your hats,” she said at a morning rally in Clearwater, “because from now until Election Day, it may get kind of rough.”
I can see some of the Florida culture warriors getting “semi’s” already…
Barack Obama, she told 8,000 fans at a rally here Monday afternoon, “launched his political career in the living room of a domestic terrorist!” This followed her earlier accusation that the Democrat pals around with terrorists. “This is not a man who sees America the way you and I see America,” she told the Clearwater crowd. “I’m afraid this is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to work with a former domestic terrorist who had targeted his own country.” The crowd replied with boos.
Obama, 8 years old when the WU stuff went down, is now the first 8-yr old to be tried as an accessory-after-the-fact in a non-fatal bombing by a trustfund-jackass-activist-turned-esteemed-professor. But it was the masses, as if straight out of those New Testament books (or maybe Monty Python), that really stole the show:
In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric‘s questions for her “less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media.” At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, “Sit down, boy.”
Thundersticks? At least it wasn’t pitchforks and torches. Uppity sound guy with his boom microphone. I just hate that guy! More from Clearwater…
The reception had been better in Clearwater, where Palin, speaking to a sea of “Palin Power” and “Sarahcuda” T-shirts, tried to link Obama to the 1960s Weather Underground. “One of his earliest supporters is a man named Bill Ayers,” she said. (“Boooo!” said the crowd.) “And, according to the New York Times, he was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that, quote, ‘launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol,’ ” she continued. (“Boooo!” the crowd repeated.)
“Kill him!” proposed one man in the audience.
Jesus. And I thought these people only had serious pride-on’s from piercing parts of their bodies with flag lapel pins. Is hatred the new patriotism? Eh. I’m pretty sure its always been the uniting aspect of that brand of “patriotism.”
Ok Sarah, close it out with a wink, a nod, some lies, half-truths and a little hate-cream:
Palin also told those gathered that Obama doesn’t like American soldiers. “He said that our troops in Afghanistan are just, quote, ‘air-raiding villages and killing civilians,’ ” she said, drawing boos from a crowd that had not been told Obama was actually appealing for more troops in Afghanistan.
“See, John McCain is a different kind of man: He believes in our troops,” she said.
McCain may believe in the troops, but who do the deployed troops believe in by a 6:1 ratio?