Skip to comments.A Reason to Believe: My Nights as Sarah Palin
Posted on 11/01/2008 8:59:41 AM PDT by rintense
Halloween for many adults is a time to be a kid again, albeit sometimes a drunken kid. Who would have thought it would give valuable insight into election 2008, and quite possibly, a big reason for McCain/Palin supporters to believe in victory? No tricks like illegal voter registrations or unrevealed birth certificates, only lots of treats in high fives, photo requests, thumbs ups, and even a few indecent proposals. Where did all this optimism and reason to believe begin? Quite simple- I was Sarah Palin for Halloween.
It all began last weekend at a friends Halloween party. Being Sarah Palin was a natural choice for me- we shared identical values and beliefs, a love of sports and knee high boots. Of course, doing a spot on voice impression, quite by accident, sort of made the Halloween choice obvious. So, I grabbed a nice new black suit, which I needed anyway, put the hair up in that oh so naughty librarian style, and headed to the party. It was a small party, but the reactions to being Sarah Palin were overwhelming positive. Party goers wanted to get their pictures with Sarah, most of which were supporters of the McCain/Palin ticket. And the high fives and yes! shouts from party goers started to reveal something, either there are a lot of unknown, unpolled McCain/Palin fans out there, or a lot of happy and tipsy Halloween goers. Perhaps both.
But the bigger surprise came on Halloween night as I once again dressed as my alter ego Sarah, and headed out for the big parties. Again, arriving at a friends house before we headed to the party, the folks loved Sarah. Lots of high fives and photo requests again. This time, many were willing to talk politics- and many laid it all on the table. It was quite surprising how many admitted they do not trust Barack Hussein Obama. Others said the whole idea of spreading the wealth was, well, I cant type those words, but you can bet they were not good. Even a few party goers insisted Obama is really a Muslim and is adding that to his long list of lies. In many ways, talking with fellow party goers was like blogging with Republicans and conservatives- but in the flesh.
So we headed to the party at a local popular nightclub in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The crowd was full of various costumes including a lot of Michael Phelps. Guys, a word of advice : unless you have a smokin body, you really cant pull off the Phelps look, let alone parade around in a speedo. But I digress. As I was walking into the bar, the shouts of Sarah!!! began. I did my Sarah wave, point and smile, and the revelers loved it. The ladies would tug on my suit coat and say, Oh my God, I love Sarah! One woman was dressed as an Eskimo and wanted a picture with Governor Palin. And the guys, well, Im sure you can imagine as words like, hot were oh so common. It was pretty clear that many party goers had Palin fever.
During one of the many hot laps (a term for walking around the bar), I ran into lots of people dressed in political garb. One woman was dressed as Auntie Sam with McCain/Palin stickers and buttons on. Of course, there were a few others who tried to pull of Sarah Palin, but didnt quite succeed due to wrong glasses, hair, etc. There were even a few John McCains. Yes, even the one, that one, was there. With an entourage of secret service guys wearing Yes We Can buttons, a man with an Obama mask made his appearance. The mask thing was quite ironic in my mind since no one really knows the real Barack Obama. It truly was a fitting way to depict the chosen one. The Obama group saw me and the Sarah! shouts began along with hand shakes, and more requests for pictures. It was very light-hearted and fun, with the Obama guys quipping that I was going to lose on Tuesday. Of course, Sarah just graciously said, well see were going to win and shock everyone. The surrounding crowd jumped into the political merriment and agreed with me. One guy asked me what I thought about healthcare and government involvement. My reply was simple: Government is quite often the problem and has no place in healthcare. As I was doing a photo op with Obama, a SWAT team member asked if I was going to win on Tuesday. A you betcha reply with a wink was his answer. That, of course, prompted another photo op with the guys dressed as a SWAT team. While the photos were being taken, they whispered in my ear, Im voting for you on Tuesday.
At the end of the night, the crowd was asked to vote for best costume. The SWAT guys and Obama were some of the finalists. When the SWAT guys went on stage, the crowd went nuts. And Obama? Completely drowned out with boos. I, of course, found a sinister level of delight in it all. The symbolism was huge. This is Michigan, a blue state that by all accounts, should go to Obama. Yet, this crowd had chosen, and they had not chosen the chosen one. That, along with the overwhelming glee and giddiness my costume evoked, gave me pause to wonder, to hope, and a reason to believe.
There is no science behind my conclusion, no polls to give statistics and numbers, no mainstream media spin. There is only first hand experience with hundreds of 21-50 year old Michiganders. This Tuesday, the country and the world may be in for a shocking upset that even the best sports analogy wouldnt do justice. What a treat that will be.
You have to show the ‘finger’ photo, imho, that is the best one.
Thanks for posting...and given your description of them, thanks for leaving out the Michael Phelps impersonators!
Here's a bunch more!
You should have went out with this one though...
You’re cute and interesting. ;) Double win!
I posted that video in a thread on this board and before it ever appeared it was bounced to General/Chat. Weird...
Great to hear! I feel very good about this election.
KEWL...and nice “report”.....wouldn’t it be GREAT for Michigan to surprise the nation!????
Your experience has been my experience. When I talk to people about politics, for some reason they think I’m an Obama person and don’t want to talk back to me. I think the “get in their faces” comments was a big, big mistake. As soon as they know I am a Republican, the look of relief comes over them and they open up more. How scary is that in America?
You’re ADORABLE!! Congrats on pulling off, with style and wit, a great costume.
Thank you for the post. The guy next to you in picture #1 sure looks like Alan Keyes.
Yep, same here. Though at work yesterday, as Sarah, I got some nasty looks. Some of the ladies I work with loved the outfit, but then snidely said, ‘I’m still not voting for you.’ I’ve come to to conclusion that the women who are voting for Obama are vapid, brainless, celebrity sycophants with no grasp of common sense at all.
Great story, and nice pics. A person that can flip someone off with a smile on their face is to be feared!
Conservative Women have beauty AND BRAINS... Lib women pretty much have neither, or at best ONE of the two.
The smile says all the things I was thinking but not saying. :)
It was really fun. Kinda felt like a celebrity! Thank God it was only for a day or two.
He does, doesn’t he?
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