17
Apr
11

there are some things money can’t buy…

Politicususa: Sarah Palin rolled into Madison, Wisconsin using a Tea Party rally as an excuse to attack union members, but the wheels promptly fell off of her bandwagon as only 6,500 people showed up for the rally, and reports on the scene say that many of those in attendance were there to protest Palin. Not even the Koch Brothers and their magic buses could draw a crowd for Palin.

The Koch Brothers threw their front group Americans For Prosperity into the effort to hold an anti-union rally in Madison headlined by Palin. All the resources were deployed, Palin fans were begged to attend, Americans For Prosperity had no less than 13 buses lined up, and despite all of this, the crowd never came.

…The Wisconsin stunt was a desperate attempt by Palin to retake the media spotlight that Donald Trump has stolen from her. This was Sarah’s attempt to get back up on the national stage. She sees that GOP primary voters are anti-union, so she is going to be anti-unionest of them all.

CBS: Hundreds of pro-union labor supporters are surrounding smaller groups of conservative Tea Party members attending a rally featuring former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Steve Benen: Former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin – remember her? – headlined a conservative rally in Madison yesterday, apparently hoping to generate support for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s far-right agenda. More interesting than the message, though, was the turnout.

The whole thing was organized by the Koch brother’s right-wing Americans for Prosperity, and Palin spoke behind a podium with a sign that read, “I am AFP.”

But who exactly heard all of this?

…At the height of progressive protests in February and March, tens of thousands braved the elements to condemn the Walker agenda – and wouldn’t leave. Yesterday, Palin led a parade of odd right-wing figures, at an event paid for by powerful billionaires, and about 6,500 people showed up. And of those 6,500, most of those in attendance were there to oppose Palin and her far-right allies, not support them.

It’s a reminder about the changing tide. When Tea Partiers organize a rally and bring one of their highest-profile stars to headline, but are nevertheless outnumbered at their own event, which suffered from poor attendance anyway, it’s not a good sign.

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40 Responses to “there are some things money can’t buy…”


  1. 1 Sonjia Duncan
    April 17, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Good Morning with good news. The people of Wisconsin are showing the Country how to stand up for the Middle Class and the workers of the United States. The President told the voters to not give them the keys back and now we find out these governor don’t even know how to drive.

  2. 2 dotster
    April 17, 2011 at 9:32 am

    You have to wonder what tea party mind came up with the “brilliant” idea to stage a rally in Madison, Wi.! I see much of the dishonest media described the Koch-bussed teabaggers and protesters as “roughly equal” in number, when that was so obviously not the case. Despicable Andrew Breitbart spoke before Palin, lost it, and yelled, “Go to hell!” multiple times at the loud booing crowd. And I thought Breitbart, The Combover’s longtime lobbyist and adviser, was fully on board with the birther campaign. I guess he’s a fan of all who are willing to stir up the racists and spew lies about President Obama. And, by the way, there needs to be exposure about some of the sleaze artists/dirty tricksters who are behind the Trumpster’s ugly birther campaign.

  3. 3 anniebella
    April 17, 2011 at 10:03 am

    The media have tried to protray that Palin spoke before thousands and thousands of people cheering her all the way. Imagine the media doing something like that. America we have to wake up, we have to realize these people are out to destroy the America we know and love. They are sheeps in wolves clothing. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker prove that. The Tea Party loves to say we want our country back. Well I say, “We want our country back, where all Americans matter.” We have to be ready to fight for President Obama and Joe Biden. To do what we can to help them get re-elected. Things may not be like we want them to be, but just imagine how things would be with the Tea-Republicans in charge. These guys want to do away with Medicare for seniors, Medicaid for poor children, Social Security. But Rep. Ryan’s plan call for more tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. How right is that? The rich gets richer, and the poor get poorer.

  4. 4 anniebella
    April 17, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I sent NBC a email and told them what I think of that racists Donald Trump.

  5. 5 Ceb
    April 17, 2011 at 10:39 am

    It seems that sarah’s 15 minutes are over and she is trying tom restart the timer. Too bad for her that so many of us will not let her. It appears that many Americans are beginning to wake up to the realization that the GOP and the opportunists like plain and trump and the deluded tea party are only for themselves and their profiteering.

    • 6 Theo67
      April 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      Palin hijacked the original tea party and they are doing disasterous things already. And McCain hijacked the Republican party, and may just be responsible for the demise of the entire party. The President said in his inauguration speech “you will be judged on what you can build, not what you destroy”. Well,karma for McCain and Palin – both entirely destructive, and both increasingly irrelevant…

  6. 7 Ceb
    April 17, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Darn, typing on this iPad is a challenge. It insists on putting in letters for spaces and its own version of words I type.

  7. 9 HZ
    April 17, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Those who try to dig holes for others will themselves fall in the holes. We have goodness, honest hearts, and caring for those who cannot care for themselves by no fault of their own. There is a Higher Power than all of these people, and I pray for justice.

  8. 10 kay360
    April 17, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Why is the media selling the Tea Party so hard? The vast majority of us are not interested.

    The media represents wealthy White males more than America as a whole (not even the interests of my fellow White women or white middle class). They like to highlight their favorite group for a collective temper tantrum. It is cathartic to them, but toxic for the rest of us.

    This is also why Donald Trump gets so much air time– because he represents disgruntled rich white men. They are a minuscule minority with a big mega-phone and most of the world’s money. They hide behind the Tea Party suckers to stir up the masses against the black President for no other reason than because he is black and believes in shared prosperity.

  9. 11 Debz
    April 17, 2011 at 11:03 am

    It isn’t just Palin and the tea party or the media. I just read that Guitierez is holding “i hate Obama” rallies in the Latino communities. I am livid.

    • 12 hopefruit2
      April 17, 2011 at 11:51 am

      Do you have a link to this Debz? And who does Guitierez believe will do a better job for the Latino Community?

    • 17 Hachikō
      April 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      Who is Guitierez?

      • 18 Debz
        April 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm

        Dem congressman from Chicago

      • 19 anniebella
        April 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm

        Who is Geitierez? One of Democratic traders. I guess he think the Tea-Republicans would love the Latino Community. Ask Mr. Geitierez if he remember the law Arizona laid down for Latinos. They would pack up every single one of them and send them back to where they come from, that’s what the Tea-Republicans would do.I’m going to see if I can send this trader an email.

    • 20 Theo67
      April 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      I can’t believe he wants to bandy about the word “hate” – especially as a minority who lives in a country where there is a political party keen to harm minorities right now. There’s no reason to hate the President. This is the same President who put a highly qualified Latina on the Supreme Court, who has fought for minorities, who’s visited Florida a million times since becoming President, who has spoken out about immigration rights, who relaxed Cuba sanctions… What exactly does Guttierez want from the President – and what does he think he’ll get from a Republican President? So short sighted, and so mean spirited.

      • 21 Debz
        April 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm

        He didn’t use the word hate but that word was used by people who were interviewed. I was angry and made up the name for the rally. The fact is, he is stirring up hate towards PBO. I can not imagine what the reasoning is to get Latino voters riled up against the President who is the best chance they have for immigration reform.

        • 22 EDP4BHO
          April 17, 2011 at 7:53 pm

          Gutierrez has been gunning for PBO since 2009. I think of him as one of those “hopeful” people of color who is jealous that PBO got to where he is before they could even catch a breath- he just zipped by them. He’s been on him about immigration reform, intentionally missing the mood of the environment and the challenges in this endeavor. I’m sure also, he is pissed that, according to various sources, PBO has returned more illegal immigrants to their home countries than previous administrations.

  10. April 17, 2011 at 11:05 am

    They wasn’t the best angle to see Palin on the jumbotron but to me it looked like she heard those protestors loud and clear.

  11. 24 dotster
    April 17, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I just read about the Trump/teabag rally in Boca Raton, Fl. yesterday on The Daily Beast. He was introduced by the Mistress of Ceremonies, rt. wing talk show nut, Joyce Kaufman, who famously warned, “If ballots don’t work, bullets will.” Trump is playing a dangerous, damaging game, and I think this presidential campaign is going to get really, really ugly.
    Trump is now spewing more off the wall conspiracies about Obama, questioning who wrote his books, and some in the crowd said they doubted Obama graduated from Harvard Law and are demanding to see his diploma. These fools are seriously delusional, will believe any lie about Obama, so fierce is their hatred. It’s madness.

    • 25 Lovepolitics2008
      April 17, 2011 at 11:32 am

      They don’t have any choice now. Their economic argument, that is give tax breaks to the rich and scrap Medicare and Medicaid, is not defensible. So they’re going to ramp up the hate once again. May the hate destroy them. Electorally of course. Enough. Enough. They make me sick.

    • 26 Betty's Girl
      April 17, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      No thinking to it…it’s going to be horribly nasty. We can’t be afraid of that and we can’t get tired. We have to stay on the message of forcing them to show their hand about how they will all the big challenges we face as a country. I know the President will!

  12. 28 StR
    April 17, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Palin gave a candidate-type speech. I wonder if this was supposed to be her comeback into the spotlight or something. It failed miserably, but her handlers and Fox will probably frame it as she went into the belly of the beast and took the fight right into Madison and that shows extreme political courage.

  13. 29 Asher in Boston
    April 17, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Oh, Geez, does this woman still exist and still relevant to the right loones? I thought they had dumped her her for racist chump. God, her voice is terrible and sickening.

  14. 30 Betty's Girl
    April 17, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Palin is done! She has been replaced by more powerful and extreme people.

  15. 31 CEB
    April 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    So, in their narrow world, a Black man cannot be well-educated, talented, fearless, politcally astute, respected the world over and loved by many. Mmmm, too bad for them the world is much wider than their hate. Do not worry, the mSM will give them attention until the next idiot comes along. Meanwhile, the president is working for all of us, even the haters, and moving toward re-election.

  16. 32 FiredUpInCA
    April 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Flashback: Sarah Palin introducing her husband to the world in 2008:

    “And Todd is a story all by himself. He’s a lifelong commercial fisherman and a production operator in the oil fields of Alaska’s North Slope, and a proud member of the United Steelworkers union.”

    http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/president/conventions/videos/transcripts/20080903_PALIN_SPEECH.html

    Sarah Palin was for unions (for Todd) before she was against them (for teachers).

    • 33 LunarSea
      April 17, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      Todd is a member of a successionist group in alaska. Palin as gov proudly addressed the group to thank them for their work.

  17. 34 GGail
    April 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Interesting. Thanks for sharing FiredUpInCA. I’m in CA and fired up too!

  18. 35 Fred
    April 17, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    What is with the dude with kermit the frog? Touque, mitts, …..and shorts??? One of these things do not belong.

  19. 36 Mae who love our CIC
    April 17, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Sarah Palin started the hate message while campaigning and Donald Trump has taken up the baton of hate. I agree with one of the comments that he is speaking for the repub candidates who knows that the majority of the country won’t buy into the birther racist rant. Anyone who thinks our President is smarter than the CIA and all other form of intelligence has to give him credit for outsmarting them about his birth in the USA. That along is enough to let you know it is about our President’s race. If Donald Trump thinks that he will go around this country and bear false witness against the President is in for a rude awakening. What a man sows he will reap. Donald Trump and the media who allow the lies are guilty as charged.

  20. 37 JoAnn
    April 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    My dh and I watched a Discovery Channel show called “Filthy Cities” about Medieval London and New York City before the turn of the century. A time of no regulation, no sanitation, just the rich getting richer and the poor getting sicker. It was the time of nobles and robber barons. That’s what the Tea Party wants us to go back to. It had such an ominous ring to it. Sadly, these Tea Party faithful are just tools and they don’t even know it.

  21. 38 LYNND
    April 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Who does the media think it’s fooling,claiming that the opposing crowds were of equal size. They are doing the same thing here in Michigan. We have a rally to protest the regressive policies of Governor Synder, and 10,000 people show up. The next day 500 people show up for the teabagger rally and the local newspaper reports: Tea Party Strikes Back. Like the people in Wisconsin told Sarah: BBBBBBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

    • 39 EDP4BHO
      April 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm

      Something sinister going on in America, “the home of the free and the brave”. HAH! This country’s going downhill, if we don’t fight for our very existence.

  22. 40 Claire
    April 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    This is a good clip because it shows both Breibert and Palin shouting to be heard over the crowd. The good folks of Wisconsin were great with their chants and cowbells. MORE COWBELL– love it! Meanwhile Breitbart tells the crowd to go to hell, then calls the President a divider. You couldn’t script a more idiotic and hypocritical comment.

    After watching I had to donate more to the recall efforts. The unions are doing a great job there of fighting to give working folks a voice.


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