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Gov. Palin Always Good to Grassroots

(The following is a guest submission by Ron Devito.)


File Photo: Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin works the rope line at CPAC 2012 one minute after my moment with her.

By now, everyone has seen Scottie Hughes’ meltdown over not getting a media interview and/or meet and greet with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin at CPAC 2013. Tony Lee, Adrienne Ross, Kevin Scholla, and Michelle McCormick, Brian Lerch have more than adequately responded to it. Now it is my turn.

On Meets and Greets

In a prepared statement I left for today’s Dr. Gina Loudon Show, I referred listeners to the page titled "Gov. Palin Experiences" which is a repository of memoirs from staff who have interacted with Gov. Palin at her events over these past nearly five years. You can read about all our interactions there – including mine – and draw your own conclusions.

In each of the more than five times I encountered Gov. Palin and witnessed her interaction with others, she was gracious, kind, humble, and was one of us. She looks everyone in the eye. She remembers faces and names – and this through the hundreds of thousands of people she must have met. She’s signed just about anything that can be signed including body parts that got tattooed. She was gracious and forgiving even when people pushed beyond the bounds of appropriate behavior in various ways. She accepted all of us equally, with all our faults and imperfections.

On Media Interviews

No reporter got a media interview with Gov. Palin at CPAC 2013, and even the top flight pros have a hard time getting interviews with her as a general rule. With her online outburst, Hughes more than likely burnt her chances of ever getting an interview. Why should Gov. Palin or her staff want to even bother now? Given how the media has treated her, I don’t think Gov. Palin can be faulted for being parsimonious with and skittish about media interviews. Though I’m a site publisher, I never interviewed Gov. Palin, and I never attempted to either. For one thing, Gov. Palin’s speeches are clear and plain-spoken – everything that needs to be said is contained within them. Most interviews end up consisting of "when are you going to announce your candidacy for [fill in the blank]." If I were going to interview Gov. Palin, I wouldn’t even ask her about politics. My questions would be about leadership and time management and about her as a person.

On Choosing Palin Events to Attend

Not every Palin event includes an opportunity for the grassroots to meet and greet. It’s just a fact of life. Some, like the forthcoming Schiavo gala and Shareholders in Life are fund-raisers where the point of the event is to raise money for the organizer. Meet and greets at these events are reserved for tables of top tier sponsors. These events are often closed to the press too. Gov. Palin was not the keynote speaker this year at CPAC. She was a regular speaker with a 20-minute slot, and had over 20 speakers and panelists after her. As it was, she went over her allotted time. A rope line was simply impossible. What little time she had left was reserved for CPAC volunteers, the College Republicans and a few others.

Hughes – who up till yesterday at least was a Palinista – should have had the common sense and experience to know that Palin events come in different formats and flavors. Some Palinistas are content to just sit in the audience and see Gov. Palin at a distance. If this describes you, any Palin event is fair game for you to attend. Others like myself want what I can best call – "a more complete experience." For me that means very carefully picking and choosing the events I attend and do on-location coverage for. That is why I was at CPAC 2012 and why I covered CPAC 2013 from afar. That is not an indictment of Gov. Palin in any way, shape or form. It’s a function of my own expectations and psychological makeup.

You don’t go to an event like CPAC 2013 and expect a rope line. If you want a rope line, you go to events like Indianola, CPAC 2012, or campaign stump barbecues. As an unknown media entity, you don’t go to any event and expect a media interview when even known entities are not getting them. You certainly don’t get media interviews by trashing the proposed subject of your desired interview in a public forum for all the world to see. Other figures may very well see Hughe’s behavior and decide they are not going to take a risk with her, and rightfully so.

Having met Gov. Palin does not make me any more important or better than anyone else. I’m just an ordinary person who has had extraordinary experiences and hope to have many more like them.

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  • Quiet_Righty

    I need no more convincing.

  • BostonBruin

    Great piece, Ron!

    One thing which hasn’t been mentioned in any of the articles posted by C4P/P4A is the personal correspondence that many have received from Gov. Palin.

    Several years ago, I received what was clearly an original, hand-written thank you note from her. It wasn’t specific, but I believe it was for making a donation to her defense fund. I know many received similar notes as well.

    I tend to doubt that other political figures like her have done the same for their supporters.

    • bongobear

      I suspect you got a note from her thanking you for donating to her defense fund…I did. I also got the money back as someone decided the fund was illegal.

      • socon

        Who decided it was illegal?

        • bongobear

          I have no idea.

          • socon

            Then I’m sure it was perfectly legal.

            • bongobear

              Well, I don’t know what you mean by your statement but the entire process took place over a matter of many months. I was given the option of cashing the check they sent or donating the money to a Palin endorsed charity, which is what I did.

              • socon

                Good for you!

      • CBDenver

        Actually, from what I read the matter was turned over to a lawyer who was commissioned by the AK state ethics committee. He stated that maybe the fund was not legal because it had the word "official" in the title. The fund was called "official" to distinguish it from any other "Sarah Palin Defense Fund" that had been set up by someone not associated with Sarah Palin (and may have been a scam). But the legal analyst said using the word "official" may have caused people to believe it was associated with the office of the governor. A stretch of logic, IMHO, but that is why Sarah Palin decided to just drop the defense fund rather than go through an AK ethics investigation.

      • ZH100

        The Legal Defense Fund Case.

        Associated Press: "No Wrongdoing on Palin’s Part was Found" in Legal Defense Fund Case

        No wrongdoing on Palin’s part was found. Investigator Timothy Petumenos said Palin acted in good faith and relied on a team of attorneys.

        The only thing the team of attorneys did wrong was use the word “official” while trying to help pay for all the legal costs involved with a merciless, politically motivated, litigious campaign from Democrat operatives against Sarah Palin.

        In essence, the investigator found that because of things such as the use of the word "Official" on the fund’s website, there is probable cause to believe that the fund itself could be in violation of Alaska ethics laws. However, Sarah palin did not do anything wrong since she acted on good faith on the advice of a team of lawyers who told her the fund was "unassailable" and in compliance with the law when it was formed.!

  • blackbird

    Excellent post Ron and I would like to add Firelight’s response to the list

    • indemind

      I Ditto this post…

  • Vicki

    Scottie who?

    • alien4palin

      Snot Nose

      • socon


  • section9

    Very, very well written.

  • kennjac

    I liked what you wrote. I’m just thinking out loud here but I really think the reason the governor is not doing interviews is it was part of her contract with Fox. I remember Glenn Beck saying he could not do interviews for 6months after leaving Fox.

    • alien4palin

      I agree… it might very well be the reason but Snot Nose’s reason was a "Hit Job"based on the pretext of being offended on the assumption that We,The People might buy the bill of goods she has to sell. Unfortunately for her, no matter how she wanted to dress it….she came across as being more important and deserving of Sarah’s time than…say 300 millions plus Americans. Petulance!!!

  • fb274

    The Hughes article to me sounded like ‘sour grapes’ from her. Found her bio on Townhall Investors and it looks like she has covered a lot of territory with her articles and radio slots but has never made the Big Time. Consequently, the ‘nasty mean girl’ article to me emphasizes the ‘green eyed monster of jealousy’.

    • alien4palin

      Jealousy and self-serving ambition is involved that’s how sell out occurred but her part as a tool in the big scheme of things for America is lethally toxic

    • socon

      I wonder how that’s workin’ out for her right now. lol

  • imo123

    Ron I agree. And because I enjoy what you do, have read your stuff since 2008 and make plenty of typos I hate to even mention this. Please make one correction, second to the last paragraph, it’s not "Hughe’s" it is Hughes’. As in: Hughes’ unwarranted hurt feelings based on unrealistic expectations! Kind of a personal thing with me.

    • alien4palin

      Personal take on things….she is the latest rolled out tool in the RE-BRANDING of the Republican Party…..just like Dr.Carson….the long saga to render ‘IRRELEVANT’ and ‘DESTRUCTION’ of Sarah Palin.

      Offering and Appealing to the ONLY and MOST ‘RELEVANT’ and ‘KEY’ to Winning Target Audience….. "WE,THE PEOPLE"

      After all said and done, no matter how the political game is played…….Winning is Central to Winning the HEARTS and SOULS of WE,THE PEOPLE….. NOT THE POLITICAL PARTIES.

  • DocBarry1

    Thank you for posting this

  • indemind

    Awesome Post Ron, Thank You…

  • alien4palin

    Thanks, Ron. Excellent rebuttal.

    Some people like Hughes have self-serving ambition and perception of self importance but devoid of imagination and reflection of reality. Totally lacking in moral decency, ethic and integrity.

    The self-serving ambition also translates she is Up4Sale and effectively becomes the latest rolled out tool for the GOPe to continue the long saga of Character Assassination of Sarah Palin.

    Expect nemesis will catch with her soon rather later.

  • blueniner

    Thanks Ron, nice pos, nice rebuttal. This incident brought me back to the little "mean girl" bash of Ann Coulter and Laura Ingrate on FOX September 2011, that they inflicted on Sarah Palin, it was a cheap shot, just as what this Snottie Hughes did.

  • ZH100

    Excellent read. Thank you!

  • aaron66krohn

    If I had a few minutes for a one-on-one interview with Sarah…..

    I’d ask her about….


    NOOOOO, not THAT kind of running!!

    I meant……RUNNING… in laps of a track, or miles on the roads or along a forest trail

    Here’s some of the questions I’d ask:

    1. Do you intend to race more…..a second marathon, another half-marathon, some 10K’s or 5K’s?
    2. Do you ever do intervals on a track? What kind? Repeat miles, 800’s, 400’s?
    And how often, and on what track? Wasilla High School??
    3. Do you keep a daily training diary, with your complete workout included?
    4. Do you always run alone, or do you have some training partners?

    Sarah has very good running form.
    Her body lean is perfect, as is her arm carriage….but especially her posture!
    Her stride is that of a RACER, not a jogger!! It has power in it.

    Her bests (at the half-and full-marathons) are 1:46:10 and 3:59:36.
    I’m NOT certain about the half. That time is from the race she ran in Iowa, the day after her Indianola speech!! She MIGHT have run faster elsewhere!!

    RUN SARAH RUN (Literally!!)


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  • isabel matos

    I liked this post.

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