Sarah Palin, that reputed Republican rebel who’s supposed to be at odds with the national party, swung through California this past weekend to rouse Republicans at a Republican National Committee rally in Anaheim.
Yes, yes, of course speaking near L.A. gives Palin a chance to visit her daughter, Bristol, who turns 20 today and performs tonight for the fifth week on “Dancing With the Stars.” Our pal Kate O’Hare nabbed an exclusive interview here with Palin about that and her own new show premiering soon on TLC. “She’s having a ball,” Mom reports.
Palin seemed to be enjoying herself too in Anaheim, as part of a national RNC campaign tour that wraps up next Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, including an unusual chance to meet Palin for a photo.
The crowd packed into the Anaheim ballroom began chanting Sarah’s name Saturday while the band was still playing “Journey” songs.
The audience cheered and whistled appropriately for other party speakers including GOP House candidate Van Tran, who’s giving Democratic incumbent Loretta Sanchez a run for her money to represent most of Orange County. And Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger, got folks laughing with his initially unintended but then repeated campaign call to help fire “Harry Pelosi.”
And RNC chairman Michael Steele got an enthusiastic response for his rising peroration not to let up despite a plethora of optimistic polls for the GOP on Nov. 2.
(A growing number of news reports indicate many Democrats already believe they have lost control of the House, will suffer badly in the Senate and in control of governor’s offices. A new Associated Press/Knowsledge Network Poll released early today shows many 2008 Obama supporters are disspirited and peeling away from him in dismay over a lack of promised change.)
As Steele moved toward introducing the day’s special you-know-who guest from Alaska, the roar of the crowd grew along with the cellphone camera flashes.
Palin’s full remarks are just below here in video.
Palin said, please, nobody should tell the Democratic president what number comes after a trillion. (It’s quadrillion.) Obama will bring Air Force One back to California later this month to help incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer against Republican Carly Fiorina — and drop into Nevada again to do the same for embattled Harry Reid vs the GOP’s Sharron Angle.
The top two other Palin quotes, the first one spoken from her own losing experience in 2008:
“There’s nothing wrong with America that a good old-fashioned election can’t fix.”
and, speaking of Obama’s oft-promised change for the country:
“Our America, we do not seek its fundamental transformation. We seek its restoration, all that is good and strong and free in America.”
– Andrew Malcolm
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H/T Steve Krakauer.