Saturday, October 11, 2008

I Love My Home Town

Palin subjected to 90 seconds or more of sustained booing at Flyers game.

I was more than annoyed when I'd heard that Sarah Puppet would be given free hockey mom publicity by my hometown ice team. In fact, I said some mean things about the sport of hockey.

How about my Philadelphia brothers and sisters, eh?

From the CNN recap:

"Flyers fans, show Philadelphia's class and welcome America's #1 hockey mom, Sarah Palin," the massive electronic message board pleaded, to little effect. Booing quickly erupted when the smiling candidate emerged from a tunnel leading onto the ice, muffling the applause of any Palin supporters in the crowd.

Some in the audience simply gave her a thumbs down gesture. Others called her names.

But alas, the new Wachovia First Union Corestates Center attracts a corporate crowd compared to the vrai Philadelphians that used to populate the Wachovia First Union Corestates Spectrum. Had the game been at the Spectrum, some crazed fans would have dropped the gloves on Governor Palin at mid-ice, ran the Zamboni over her highlighted hair and sequestered her in the penalty box with that garsh darn mainstream media for the duration of the campaign. Meanwhile, the remaining crazed fans would just go for the beer supplies and end up passed out in the parking lot.


UPDATE: Seems like Palin got the Philly treatment all day:

Outside the Bellevue, Palin, sitting in her car, gave a little back and forth wave to the protesters, who in return gave her thumbs down and rounds of boos.

"Back to Alaska, They shouldn't have Asked ya!" read one poster on the median.

Police said about 400 protesters lined the streets outside the hotel, the same number that organizers expected at the fundraiser, chanting to each other and to passing motorists. Inside, Palin got her hair and makeup done at Pierre and Carlo salon.

At times, Republicans attending the event and protesters confronted one another.

"They are hooligans," said Bucks County restauranteur and McCain supporter Andrew Abruzzese, after he flashed a peace sign at protesters, who responded with raised middle fingers. Another Republican complained of being jostled.

Er, I suppose she only had the opportunity to blow kisses to protesters when she wasn't getting her hair done at an exclusive salon and shelling out "varying levels of interaction" at $25,000 a fundraiser for a bunch of wealthy hot-and-jostled bigots:

Wally Nunn, a prominent Republican fundraiser who contributed $25,000 to be able to mingle with Palin, said he was disappointed that McCain had come to Obama's defense.

Nunn said he did not believe Obama to be a decent man. Attending the event with former 60s radical turned GOP activist David Horowitz, he said, "This guy Obama scares me."


Tickets to the Bellevue fundraiser, organized by local businessmen Craig Drake and Frank Giordano ranged from $1,000 to $25,0000, for varying levels of interaction with Palin. Leslie Gromis Baker, a state McCain official would not reveal the amount raised. She said 25 people paid the highest level or more.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama made himself right at home:

By contrast, Obama told supporters in Philadelphia today that with the his Chicago White Sox eliminated, he was rooting for the Phillies in the baseball playoffs.

Let's go Phillies!

For those of you who don't know, Obama's "Yes We Can" slogan was originally coined by Dave Cash, the 2nd basemen for the 1974 Philllies.

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