Palins Mistakes Fans for Protestors

John McCain might be old but it’s his young running mate who apparently needs a hearing aid:

Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks to supporters during a rally at the Richmond International Raceway Monday, Oct. 13, 2008, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Lisa Billings)

Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks to supporters during a rally at the Richmond International Raceway Monday, Oct. 13, 2008, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Lisa Billings)

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin mistook some of her own fans for hecklers Monday at a rally that drew thousands.

A massive crowd of at least 20,000 spread across the parking lot of Richmond International Raceway, and scores of people on the outer periphery more than 100 yards from the stage could not hear.

“Louder! Louder!” they began chanting, and the cry spread across the crowd to Palin’s left. Some pointed skyward, urging that the volume be increased.

Palin stopped her remarks briefly and looked toward the commotion.

“I hope those protesters have the courage and honor to give veterans thanks for their right to protest,” she said.

Hilarious.

Presumably, it was loud enough that she couldn’t hear and, apparently, she’s getting hounded by protesters at events these days. But, sheesh, that’s a strange reaction.

Via email tip from Steven Taylor

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Comments

  1. G.A.Phillips says:

    lol, now thats funny.

  2. rodney dill says:

    I guess an article must have had a line of sight view of what she could see. Too bad we don’t have it here.

  3. anjin-san says:

    Always a pleasure to see a true rocket scientist at work…

  4. Houston says:

    Ignoramus, right James?

    Obviously, as they couldn’t hear her, she couldn’t hear them either.

    But no matter. For you guys, it’s just further justification for your PDS.

  5. G.A.Phillips says:

    I don’t have PDS, I think she is fresh breath of air, a real conservative, and much smarter then the average Donkey, or even the above average, but it’s funny.

  6. Steve Plunk says:

    Why continue to take cheap shots? I supposed none of us have ever misunderstood something being said in a crowd. This Palin bashing is getting very tiresome.

    Is this still a somewhat conservative site?

  7. Is this still a somewhat conservative site?

    Does one have to be a fan of Palin to be conservative?

    Can’t one find the selection utterly ridiculous and still be a conservative?

  8. James Joyner says:

    Does one have to be a fan of Palin to be conservative?

    I believe that was one of the key criteria set forth by Edmund Burke and Bill Buckley.

  9. Without weighing in on the validity of the observation, I will second what Steve Plunk writes and add that James’ posts are beginning to become indistinguishable from Alex’s. These Palin is a [insert epithet] posts seem to be nothing more than rationalizations of what you prefer to believe and are damaging your well-earned reputation as an objective oberver who happens to be conservative. You have every right to believe and to write what you want, but you might want to pay some attention when your friends express some bewilderment.

    Are you trying to convince your friends or yourself that Palin is so bad that voting for Obama is preferable? There’s no need to endorse Palin or to avoid calling her out on issues, but this is nothing more than gratuitous bashing and is quite unbecoming.

  10. James Joyner says:

    Are you trying to convince your friends or yourself that Palin is so bad that voting for Obama is preferable? There’s no need to endorse Palin or to avoid calling her out on issues, but this is nothing more than gratuitous bashing and is quite unbecoming.

    If it were Palin vs. Biden, or maybe even Palin v. Obama, for president then I’d have to at least strongly consider voting Democrat for the first time in my presidential voting lifetime (1984-present). Thankfully, she’s just the running for backup quarterback.

    In this particular case, I just think the situation is inherently funny. I’d have posted it in 2004 if Bush had done it.

  11. G.A.Phillips says:

    If it were Palin vs. Biden, or maybe even Palin v. Obama, for president then I’d have to at least strongly consider voting Democrat for the first time in my presidential voting lifetime (1984-present).

    Dang, I’m having trouble voting for McCain but why you ever even need to type something like that?