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It's Come To This: Sarah Palin To Address Graduating Class of 26 in Republic, WA
Seattle Weekly ^ | May 30, 2013 | Ellis E. Conklin

Posted on 05/30/2013 9:22:36 PM PDT by Bratch

A very persistent Republic High School senior with an odd fascination for Sarah Palin managed to convince the sassy caribou-skinning gal from Wasilla to bring her show – or what little is left of it – to the tiny Eastern Washington town of Republic.

If you haven’t heard, Palin, whose boundless anti-intellectualism can still leave one breathless, will deliver the commencement address to the school’s graduating class of 26 on Saturday afternoon. Each graduate has been given 20 tickets to distribute, which should guarantee that the 700-person capacity gym will be pleasantly stuffed.

Still, to a large extent, Palin’s visit has drawn a rather ho-hum reaction from the 1,073 folks who populate this old gold mining town in Ferry County.

“I haven’t heard much about it all, or anyone really talking about it” says Alice Barnes, bartender at Madonna’s, a bar and grill on Main Street.

“I don’t think there’s that much going on, other than her going to talk at the school. We’ve been left completely out of the loop of this,” sniffs Jim Milner, director of the town’s chamber of commerce. “We’ve been working on our annual Prospector Days celebration next weekend. That will be a lot bigger deal than this.”

Palin’s star-power is barely a glimmer these a days. “We’ve had no requests from anyone in the national media,” notes Republic High principal Shawn Anderson, who’s coordinating the event. Indeed, it’s been a long, strange journey for the one-time governor Alaska who John McCain recklessly plucked out of obscurity to jump-start his moribund campaign in 2008.

Since losing the election, Palin has frittered about: Up and quitting her post as governor, buying a lavish $1.7 million home in Scottsdale, writing a memoir Going Rogue: An American Life, working three years as a paid contributor to FOX, forming her own SarahPAC, and endorsing such mustard gas oozing conservatives as Christine (“I am not a witch” ) O’Donnell.

Occasionally, she’ll speak – for a handsome fee, of course – at various right-wing shindigs where nary a prying reporter is allowed to ask those darn “Gotcha” questions such as “What newspapers do you read?” At a recent meeting of the Conservative Political Action Committee, Palin demonstrated that cheery vulgarity we’ve grown to love her for, “Todd’s got the rifle, I’ve got the rack.”

And now, Palin, the poor darling with presumably with nothing much better to do, other than taking in a some playoff basketball -- she sat courtside at Sunday’s Heat-Pacer’s game – is on to Republic, eager to capture the hearts and minds of 26 graduates.

How did this all come to be?

Seems this 17-year-old kid named Tyler Weyer, the class president, has long held this fixation about Palin. So when the school year began, and fellow seniors began to ponder potential commencement speakers, Weyer, recalls principal Anderson, said, “Hey, what about Sarah Palin?’ And everyone liked the idea.”

Weyer, who plans to attend Wenatchee Community College next fall and transfer to WSU to study political science, typed up a invitation, had it put on school letterhead, and sent it to Palin’s parents.

“He’s a real politician at heart,” says Anderson, “and he’s a conservative. Palin is kind of his idol.”

In early April, when nothing had come of the letter to Palin’s parents, Weyer organized a class picture, with everyone wearing their class sweatshirts and posed behind a banner that read: “We Want You! Governor Palin!” They posted the photo on Facebook.

As the Spokesman Review reports, “As word of the Class of ’13’s efforts spread, people began lobbying Palin directly, via Facebook and other ways. Weyer said that Palin has some relatives living in the Republic area, which might have helped bring their efforts some attention, and Palin herself was born not far away in Sandpoint, where her parents have a long history.

“Whatever it was, something finally broke through. As Weyer put it, ‘the right word got to the right people’...

“On April 18, Weyer and school officials had the phone call with Palin’s representative and learned that Palin would be coming to graduation.”

“It was worth a million dollars to see the look on (Weyer’s) face,’ Anderson said.

Anderson tells Seattle Weekly that Palin’s schedulers have been keeping her travel plans “fairly confidential.”

“She’ll probably fly into Spokane and then driver here (a two-and-a-half hour drive). I know she’s not going to stay overnight. I am hoping, though, that she’ll have a little time to address all the (113 Republic High School) students before the speech, but I don’t know.”

Asked if this was the biggest thing he’s ever seen during his ten years in Republic, Anderson replies, “No, probably the biggest thing was when the Tigers won the state championship in 2003-2004. We were state champs in the 2B Division.”

Later, Anderson adds wistfully, “Do you remember who spoke at your high school graduation? No, I don’t remember either. I just hope this is something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.”

Certainly, it will be forever cemented in the memory bank of Tyler Weyer, a life-long resident of this wooded hamlet. As for Sarah Palin, surely there will be the realization that it has come to this -- and wasn’t it a long way down.


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1 posted on 05/30/2013 9:22:36 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Bratch

Governor Palin: Small Town America Is the Soul of Our Country

Posted on May 30 2013 - 9:53 PM - Posted by:

In response to this arrogant article from a writer at the Seattle Weekly News, Governor Palin posted the following earlier this evening on Facebook:

Small town America is the soul of our country, despite the opinion of the Seattle Weekly’s Ellis Conklin and the lamestream media. Todd and I are on our way to congratulate the graduating class in Republic, Washington, this Saturday and I’m honored and touched by their ingenuity, tenacity, and invitation to speak to these young Americans about to begin their futures.

Small town America is our heart; it may not be the Ivy Leagues or what Ellis and the media deem acceptable, but these students and this town represent what is good and right about America and the small towns where most of us grew our own roots and values.

Too often the media forgets its own humble roots and plays the elitist card. Not so this weekend. We are going to congratulate the Tigers of 2013 and have something special for each and every one. They will grow to defend our country, manage our economy, build our families, and work to achieve each of their own personal dreams.

Sorry, Seattle Weekly, you, as usual, miss the point.

- Sarah Palin


2 posted on 05/30/2013 9:24:52 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Bratch

That’s funny, I’m pretty sure Sarah Palin “faded” in 2009 according to these hacks.

Someone needs to tell them the difference between wishful thinking and facts.


3 posted on 05/30/2013 9:26:29 PM PDT by Shadow44
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To: Bratch
Like most liberal writers, Ellis E. Conklin has mastered the art of condescension.

He finds the "little people" amusing...

4 posted on 05/30/2013 9:26:55 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE --)
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To: Bratch; KC_Lion; Sarah Barracuda; sarah fan UK; ScaniaBoy; ScoopAmma; sdpatriot; ShorelineMike; ...
Sarah Palin's Awesome Ping List

Tyler Weyer, ROCKS!

5 posted on 05/30/2013 9:29:16 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Bratch

I’m so damn tired of the nastiness the liberals show towards her.


6 posted on 05/30/2013 9:29:21 PM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: Bratch

You got that right..this guy is a major jackass..I bet he wears Depends..liberalism, truly is a mental illness


7 posted on 05/30/2013 9:29:26 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Bratch

What a snarky article! I’ve heard Sarah Palin in person several times, and I predict that she will be a hit. These graduating seniors will remember this day the rest of their lives.


8 posted on 05/30/2013 9:29:35 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: dragonblustar

If they were standing face to face with Sarah Palin, they would pee their pants..they can only be nasty behind their little computer screens..in person, they would either piss their pants or run away and hide


9 posted on 05/30/2013 9:30:23 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Bratch; onyx; Sarah Barracuda; 2ndDivisionVet
As for Sarah Palin, surely there will be the realization that it has come to this -- and wasn’t it a long way down.

Hahahahahahahahahaaaaaa

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10 posted on 05/30/2013 9:31:21 PM PDT by WVKayaker ("...the press had better learn from their experiences of being duped "...-Sarah Palin 5/17/13)
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To: Bratch

The author is a d-—head.


11 posted on 05/30/2013 9:32:10 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Bratch

Feel the love LOL


12 posted on 05/30/2013 9:32:19 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Bratch
Sarah still scares the sh*t out of the libtards. You go, girl!
13 posted on 05/30/2013 9:32:32 PM PDT by immadashell
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To: Bratch

Who in our nation’s history has had this “slow burn” effect on national politics? The people, whether conscious of it or not, recognize in her our future as a Nation.


14 posted on 05/30/2013 9:32:50 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: Bratch
S.A.W.S. : Snubbed by Attractive Women Syndrome

An affliction of whimpy Liberal males still bitter since high school.

15 posted on 05/30/2013 9:34:36 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back The Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: WVKayaker

Makes ya wonder why they care so much who speaks at a graduating ceremony..maybe that jackass wishes they could have gotten his hero Bill Ayers to speak..such jealous little pieces of sh*t aren’t they..if Sarah went behind him and yelled BOO this guy would crap his pants


16 posted on 05/30/2013 9:34:43 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Bratch

snarky Seattle bastiges...


17 posted on 05/30/2013 9:35:05 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Bratch

Hey libs, send the IRS after her!


18 posted on 05/30/2013 9:35:12 PM PDT by toddausauras (FUBO x 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000)
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To: DTogo

I have a feeling this guy got a lot of wedgies back in high school


19 posted on 05/30/2013 9:35:31 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda

List of Ellis E. Conklin’s lifetime achievements:

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20 posted on 05/30/2013 9:35:47 PM PDT by Argus
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To: WVKayaker
B T T T ! ! ! ©

21 posted on 05/30/2013 9:36:11 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Argus

even his name sounds stupid..I have a feeling he got the crap beaten out of him in high school..send Todd to his house to pay him a little visit, bet he hides under his bed


22 posted on 05/30/2013 9:37:00 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda

This is what passes as wit in Seattle proper. This guy is probably a metrosexual or gay. Not much different between the two. He’s jealous Sarah has Todd’s rifle if you get my drift...


23 posted on 05/30/2013 9:37:43 PM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: Bratch

What a sad little man.


24 posted on 05/30/2013 9:38:24 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
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To: Bratch
"Anti-Intellectualism?"

I think not! The leftists who so gleefully disparage the intellect of anyone on the Right side of the aisle are the ones who have shut off debate, dumbed-down our society and rejected out of hand the tradition handed down to us - i.e. Western Civilization - which, as interpreted and implemented by the Founding Fathers, and fostered by generations of Patriots, has given freedom and prosperity to millions!

How many more clean and honest patriots will be run through the meat grinder before the American people wake up and see what is being lost?



"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

25 posted on 05/30/2013 9:40:40 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Probably had flashbacks and a cold sweat while writing this drivel.


26 posted on 05/30/2013 9:44:10 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back The Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
I am now living in the Philippines. This morning, I saw the "Sarah Palin's Alaska" Episode where Kate+8 went camping with the Palin clan (I saw it when it first premiered, but love her enough to watch again). It reminds me of this guy.

All talk... no spine!


27 posted on 05/30/2013 9:45:10 PM PDT by WVKayaker ("...the press had better learn from their experiences of being duped "...-Sarah Palin 5/17/13)
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To: Bratch

Condescending bastard who thinks he is smarter than everyday NORMAL people.

28 posted on 05/30/2013 9:45:36 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“Boundless anti-intellectualism”??? That just proves she’s SMART! “Intellectuals” think spending money we don’t have will lead to prosperity, and making the IRS the collection agent for socialist health care will mean that 100 year olds will be out running marathons, among other things... And now we ooze mustard gas, in addition to being rabid, fire-breathing snarling attack dogs...What’s next, that conservatives emit nuclear waste?/s;)


29 posted on 05/30/2013 9:45:43 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Bratch

I find this whole thing of Palin speaking to a small-town high school graduation so incredibly cool.


31 posted on 05/30/2013 9:51:42 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Bratch

He can’t even get anyone to follow him on Twitter...

https://mobile.twitter.com/ellisconklin1


32 posted on 05/30/2013 9:52:26 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Bratch

Until today I’ve never heard of the Seattle Weekly.


33 posted on 05/30/2013 9:52:30 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: Bratch
 photo EllisEConklin_zpsc0344d87.jpg

Is this the guy?

Hey, what's for dinner?

34 posted on 05/30/2013 9:54:58 PM PDT by SMM48
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To: Bratch
So what?

Obama Kalamazoo Central High School Graduation speech

35 posted on 05/30/2013 9:56:31 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: okie01

I wonder if Conklin’s misogyny is a result of some domestic experience? Maybe it was the result of his past experience as Senator Maria Cantwell’s (D-WA) communications director. Maybe Maria rubbed Conklin the wrong way. Yikes!


36 posted on 05/30/2013 9:57:31 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Bratch; onyx; KC_Lion; Lakeshark; Josh Painter; Bigtigermike; Colonel Kangaroo; BuckeyeTexan; ...
"Since losing the election, Palin has frittered about: Up and quitting her post as governor, buying a lavish $1.7 million home in Scottsdale, writing a memoir Going Rogue: An American Life, working three years as a paid contributor to FOX, forming her own SarahPAC, and endorsing such mustard gas oozing conservatives as Christine (“I am not a witch” ) O’Donnell."

A) What election did Sarah Palin lose? Oh, you mean the 2008 defeat of John McCain against an overwhelming Chicago/DNC/Black/Union/Youth machine with Dubya's legacy hanging like an albatross around his neck? That election? (B) Wasn't Going Rogue a New York Times bestseller? (C) What does "mustard gas oozing conservative" mean exactly? And wasn't Gov. Palin's endorsement record in 2010 and 2012 much better than anyone else's, including professionals with hundreds of millions of dollars to work with (see Karl Rove) and put people like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz where they are today? Or did I miss something?

37 posted on 05/30/2013 9:59:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: Sarah Barracuda; Bratch

Ellis E. Conklin, obviously missing his testicles....LOL.
38 posted on 05/30/2013 9:59:53 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Bratch

Shouldn’t be snarky to President No. 45.


39 posted on 05/30/2013 10:00:47 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: SMM48

Yep. That’s him. Could he be gay? Can’t find any marital connections.


40 posted on 05/30/2013 10:02:08 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: SMM48

“Is this the guy?

Hey, what’s for dinner?”

A sack of sh*t


41 posted on 05/30/2013 10:03:17 PM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
LOL.

Look at the "sport." Pleated trousers, pink face. I can't stop laughing.
42 posted on 05/30/2013 10:03:42 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Bratch

LOL, the Seattle Weekly...
It’s where failed Daily Collegian staffers go to die.


43 posted on 05/30/2013 10:03:50 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Bratch
>P> Here is the image of this ageing fat bastard idiot brainwashed loser from Seattle named Ellis Conklin. Looks like a Dummy.


44 posted on 05/30/2013 10:06:54 PM PDT by Mozilla
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To: SMM48

I think it is the guy, but I could be wrong. If it is the other guy well this guy was the one that came up on my search in yahoo.


45 posted on 05/30/2013 10:08:49 PM PDT by Mozilla
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To: WVKayaker

There’s only one other political figure who consistently has more stories written about them than Sarah Palin since 2008 and he’s sitting in the executive mansion.


46 posted on 05/30/2013 10:09:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: greene66

To add, this author, with his snotty, elitist condescention, is so laughably lame, he almost comes across as a parody. But that’s how these guys are... sneering, catty little metrosexual wimps. This piece just oozes. I’m sure his tiny handful of lisping readers are all nodding in approval, all blissfully unaware of what laughably pathetic dregs they all are. Just like the crazed PDS bloggers who sit around concocting ludicrous lies and smears towards that “nasty ole Palin” character, like children around a campfire.


47 posted on 05/30/2013 10:12:45 PM PDT by greene66
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To: dragonblustar

Same here drag, but what is worse tho is that some of our own fellow FReepers(?) continue to slam her! I will never understand that!! As far I as I am concerned, Sarah Palin is a wonderful gift from the BIG MAN upstairs to us all! I am making the drive up, over and through the mountains to get to Republic Wa. early Sat. morn. in hopes of somehow getting a ticket to hear her speak. If no ticky, well it was worth the long scenic mountain drive! God bless Sarah and Todd Palin!!!


48 posted on 05/30/2013 10:14:26 PM PDT by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: Bratch

The way the Left treats Sarah Palin really reveals their deranged intolerance of anyone who doesn’t share their vision.


49 posted on 05/30/2013 10:15:56 PM PDT by elhombrelibre
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To: RginTN

“Until today I’ve never heard of the Seattle Weekly.”

I’m going to go out on a limb here and speculate that the vast majority of people have never heard of the Seattle Weekly.


50 posted on 05/30/2013 10:17:27 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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