Protests over Palin’s White House run
HUNDREDS of protesters turned out in Anchorage, Alaska, today in a rally against Governor Sarah Palin’s candidacy for vice president.
At least 500 protesters were outside the Loussac Library waving signs.
At least 100 Palin supporters were on the other side of the street showing support for the governor.
The protest came hours after the governor held a morning rally in downtown Anchorage, attended by as many as 1,500 cheering supporters, then flew off to Nevada to resume campaigning. It’s the first public demonstration against Palin since she accepted McCain’s offer on Aug. 29.
The protesters included a mix of Obama supporters, anti-war protesters, abortion-rights advocates and people upset that Palin, when she was Wasilla mayor, asked a city librarian about removing books.
Protesters said they were surprised at the size of the crowd, and said it was the result of e-mails that have been forwarded over the past few days promoting the event.
“I was stunned when I was coming here; I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Marybeth Holleman of Anchorage.
The Palin supporters were across the street, many shouting “Sar-ah! Sa-rah!”Â
At least a half-dozen police patrol cars were at the scene, but there have been no confrontations or traffic problems reported.Â
GOP to McCain: Palin is more popular than you!
CofCC.org News Team
John McCain, who in the past has claimed he preferred small “town hall” style crowds, is being being warned not to hold seperate rallies for himself and Palin. Crowd size has surged many fold at McCain rallies since picking Palin. However, if Palin by herself drew much bigger crowds at rallies than McCain by himself, it would be pretty embarrassing.
From Family Security Matters…
Â Â Â With “Palinmania” continuing to grow at every stop on the campaign trail, John McCain and his advisors are suddenly faced with a most unique and troubling problem; his Vice Presidential pick is much more popular than he and will almost certainly draw bigger crowds than the presumptive presidential nominee once she goes out and campaigns on her own. This will no doubt be pointed out by the press and the Obama campaign (is there a difference at this point?) and might serve to underscore McCain’s relative weakness and the tepid level of enthusiasm he generates even among party faithful.
Â Â The campaign is vamping a bit, extending the scheduled three day joint tour of the two for a few days, no doubt to both take advantage of Palin’s extraordinary popularity and to try and come up with a solution â€“ or at least a decent response â€“ to questions that will arise about McCain’s drawing power. Frankly, I’m not sure there is anything they can do. The press is going to be counting noses at the separate events for the two and will try to spin the difference as detrimental to McCain no matter what the campaign does or says about it. It is probably best that McCain simply ride the wave of Palin’s celebrity as far as it will take him. And if she gets millions to the polls who might have stayed home otherwise, it may give him the presidency.
Â Â Sarah Palin is something new in conservative politics; a figure actually adored by millions of ordinary Americans, many of whom are not Republicans. To say that this turns the idea of celebrity on its head is an understatement. Conservatives are not supposed to be pop culture icons in that traditionalists are what popular culture seeks to rebel against. But many of the same mothers who take their daughters to Miley Cyrus concerts (and probably took their older sisters to Britney Spears events) would have no trouble taking both to an appearance by Palin.
Â Â Â That’s because Palin has transcended what she stands for as a politician and is admired for who she is; a mother of 5 kids, a wife of 20 years to a working class hero kind of guy, and a woman with a career who tries to balance it all while looking like a million dollars. She is what millions of middle class women aspire to be and recognize as a kindred spirit.