Skip to comments.It's Come To This: Sarah Palin To Address Graduating Class of 26 in Republic, WA
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 havent heard, Palin, whose boundless anti-intellectualism can still leave one breathless, will deliver the commencement address to the schools 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, Palins visit has drawn a rather ho-hum reaction from the 1,073 folks who populate this old gold mining town in Ferry County.
I havent heard much about it all, or anyone really talking about it says Alice Barnes, bartender at Madonnas, a bar and grill on Main Street.
I dont think theres that much going on, other than her going to talk at the school. Weve been left completely out of the loop of this, sniffs Jim Milner, director of the towns chamber of commerce. Weve been working on our annual Prospector Days celebration next weekend. That will be a lot bigger deal than this.
Palins star-power is barely a glimmer these a days. Weve had no requests from anyone in the national media, notes Republic High principal Shawn Anderson, whos coordinating the event. Indeed, its 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 ) ODonnell.
Occasionally, shell 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 weve grown to love her for, Todds got the rifle, Ive 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 Sundays Heat-Pacers 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 Palins parents.
Hes a real politician at heart, says Anderson, and hes a conservative. Palin is kind of his idol.
In early April, when nothing had come of the letter to Palins 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 13s 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 Palins representative and learned that Palin would be coming to graduation.
It was worth a million dollars to see the look on (Weyers) face, Anderson said.
Anderson tells Seattle Weekly that Palins schedulers have been keeping her travel plans fairly confidential.
Shell probably fly into Spokane and then driver here (a two-and-a-half hour drive). I know shes not going to stay overnight. I am hoping, though, that shell have a little time to address all the (113 Republic High School) students before the speech, but I dont know.
Asked if this was the biggest thing hes 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 dont remember either. I just hope this is something theyll 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 wasnt it a long way down.
Small town America is the soul of our country, despite the opinion of the Seattle Weeklys Ellis Conklin and the lamestream media. Todd and I are on our way to congratulate the graduating class in Republic, Washington, this Saturday and Im 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
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.
He finds the "little people" amusing...
I’m so damn tired of the nastiness the liberals show towards her.
You got that right..this guy is a major jackass..I bet he wears Depends..liberalism, truly is a mental illness
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.
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
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The author is a d-—head.
Feel the love LOL
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.
An affliction of whimpy Liberal males still bitter since high school.
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
snarky Seattle bastiges...
Hey libs, send the IRS after her!
I have a feeling this guy got a lot of wedgies back in high school
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