The “Sarah Palin hypocrisy tour” has come to Florida, and while predictably there’s not too much new of substance to report on from her visit, she showed she can at least mold her hypocrisy narrative depending on location.
She went to the Daytona 500 and said it was just like the Iditarod, but without snow. OK. I think that’s a bit of a stretch except for the “race” part. Not that I’m an expert on the Iditarod, but I think to compare it to cars going in circles seems a bit insulting to those competing in the Iditarod. Yeah, and just a few other big differences beyond snow, climate conditions, dogs, cars and tracks, but whatever. One can only expect so much from Palin.
She came down and made some appearances, she did some book signings and made some high-priced speeches. I probably wouldn’t even write about her visit except for her hypocrisy, Florida style.
First she managed to fit in a “pothole” analogy, since a pothole held up the race at Daytona, and we’ve certainly got more than our share of potholes (not to mention sinkholes) everywhere down here.
The former Alaskan governor and vice presidential candidate talked about the tough economy and its effects on mom-and-pop business, while trying to raise spirits among her faithful.
“There are potholes in the road,” Palin said, reminding people of the hole that twice delayed the running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday. “But we patch them up and keep moving forward.”
Brilliant! How DOES she do it?
A here’s a big surprise! She thinks offshore oil drilling in Florida would be a beautiful thing!
She also strongly backed oil drilling, including the effort to open up drilling closer to Florida’s coast. “Someone said a tourist wouldn’t like seeing an oil drill so close to the beach, but I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” she said. “That drill produces for America. It produces jobs.”
Had Sarah done her homework (inserting laughter here) she would know that the “someone” who said tourists wouldn’t like an oil drill close to the beach is actually a majority of the population in Florida, and it’s not just tourists we’re concerned about. We kind of prefer our beaches and our wildlife free of oil slicks down here. We’re just “funny” about that.
Also, since Palin isn’t big on the whole “reading” thing, she probably missed the news accounts of the statewide protest against offshore oil drilling that took place the very same Saturday, called “Hands Across The Sand.” You have to give Palin credit here though, she seems to have quite the knack for bad timing. Had she known though, it probably wouldn’t have mattered to her one bit anyway. I suppose it’s hard for Sarah to turn off that “drill here, drill now, drill baby drill” robotic parrot narrative of hers and she only has so many things to say.
Here’s the other hypocrisy kicker. She spoke at the Chamber of Commerce in Daytona Beach, where she banned the media, unless the media bought a ticket of course.
Addressing the chamber, she praised the Florida weather and the signature racing event, telling people that a visit to Daytona Beach was on many a person’s bucket list. Her speech, with a theme on how to keep Daytona on a road to prosperity, chided Washington spending. “I think some people in Washington are addicted to O-P-M — other people’s money,” she said, scoring one of many rounds of applause.
“O-P-M” you say? Applause from paying fans? Perhaps the audience was a little slow to pick up on the irony there, as they were all gullible enough to shell out $150 for dinner and the speech or $50 just for the speech. All 200 of them. All those “O-P” applauding Sarah sucking up all that “O-P-M”……from them. Clap, clap!
So with more cash safely stashed away, Palin will now wink her way to the next stop in her quest to take “O-P-M” when she breezes into Orlando next month.
Next month, Palin is scheduled to speak at the Lincoln Day Dinner of the Orange County Republican Party. Tickets are $250 apiece for the March 12 appearance at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, with VIP access to Palin available during a $1,000-per-person private reception.
Orange County Republican Party Chairman Lew Oliver said his group would pay Palin only for travel and hotel costs. “There is no speaker’s fee,” Oliver wrote in an email to the Orlando Sentinel.
Daytona Beach chamber Vice President Kevin Kilian declined to discuss the fee for her appearance.
Maybe all those donations will just be “going back into the cause” like the Tea Party Convention $$? Who knows.
Wherever the money ends up though, I suppose what Sarah and the GOP consider an “addiction to “O-P-M” is in the eye of the beholder too?