Sarah Palin’s Tea Party Dinner Disaster

Like most Disinfo readers, the prospect of Sarah Palin becoming president in 2012 would seem to fulfill all the worst interpretations of both Bible and Mayan philosophy.  Well, before you jump off of a bridge, read this story.  Who doesn’t realize that she is a joke?

From Mother Jones:

Will Sarah Palin’s Tea Party dinner be a bust?

Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips likely assumed that scoring a dinner speech by the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate would guarantee a huge turnout for his National Tea Party Convention, scheduled to start Feb. 4 at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel. But according to Tea Party insiders, the tickets for the Palin banquet aren’t selling—and some conservative activists who have already paid to attend are now demanding refunds. With the controversial event shaping up to be a potential flop, some Tea Partiers are urging Palin to cancel her speech to avoid a humiliating public relations disaster.

The problems began after news broke that Phillips intended to profit from the convention—which costs $549 a person for access to both the conference and Palin’s banquet, or $349 for a ticket to the dinner alone. With one prominent conservative blogger charging that the event seemed “scammy,” several key sponsors yanked their support, including the National Precinct Alliance, the American Liberty Alliance, American Majority, and the Federation for American Immigration Reform. As the rash of bad press continued, this week Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), announced that she’s considering pulling out as a convention speaker. And some Tea Party activists think Palin should join her. According to internal convention planning documents obtained by Mother Jones, Palin will be paid $115,000 to address the attendees—as they dine on steak or lobster. To some Tea Partiers, this lavish affair sounds suspiciously like an exclusive GOP fundraiser and a betrayal of their grassroots movement. (In mid-January, Palin told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that she will not profit from her appearance at the convention, suggesting she would donate her speaking fee to Republican candidates. But she has not provided any details on that, and a Palin spokesperson did not respond to requests for clarification.)

[Read more at Mother Jones]

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  • Deo

    Every decision Sarah Palin has made in the last few months, especially quitting the Alaska governorship, has been focused on making her more money to throw around back home. Maybe she’ll run for office, but right now she’s got a concentrated set of rubes that think she’s the alpha and the omega and if she can bleed them dry in the process of worshipping her, she’ll just say “You betcha!”

    Sarah gets $115,000.00 to attend this tea party!

  • Anonymous

    “Phillips intended to profit from the convention”.

    I suppose I shouldn’t be suprised. Still, I find it funny to hear about Republicans gouging other Republicans for fun and profit. What wonderful solidarity…Hee heee! This party is literally eating itself and it is bloody hilarious!
    A capitalistic carnival of bumbling greedy cannibals. Sara may soon be on the menu….

  • GoodDoktorBad

    “Phillips intended to profit from the convention”.

    I suppose I shouldn't be suprised. Still, I find it funny to hear about Republicans gouging other Republicans for fun and profit. What wonderful solidarity…Hee heee! This party is literally eating itself and it is bloody hilarious!
    A capitalistic carnival of bumbling greedy cannibals. Sara may soon be on the menu….

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