For the past few months and years even, the talking heads of the political/media class have tried to sell the notion to Americans that Governor Palin is somehow "irrelevant." We all know this is bogus, and the attendance of the crowd gathered to watch her deliver a non-keynote address at the 2013 CPAC convention certainly proved it. To add some padding to the proof, just take a look at the Youtube viewership numbers of each official CPAC speech given this year.
Here are some examples so far:
CPAC 2013 – Former Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) – 187,001 views
CPAC 2013 – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) – 40,840 views
CPAC 2013 – Former Governor Mitt Romney (Intro by Gov. Nikki Haley) – 17,921 views
CPAC 2013 – U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) – 7,760 views
CPAC 2013 – Ronald Reagan Dinner (feat. Jeb Bush) – 654 views
CPAC 2013 – U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) – 4,311 views
CPAC 2013 – Fight Club (feat. Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala) – 8,462 views
Not to take anything away from the other speakers (minus Tucker, of course) but it’s clear that the number of people who didn’t attend the convention, yet still took time to sit and watch the speeches, mostly chose to "view" Governor Palin’s address. That wouldn’t be the case if she was "irrelevant" and people didn’t care what she had to say.
So now the question is, how many more years will these people continue to try and sell this "irrelevant" narrative? The longer they do so, the more foolish they look.
(H/T: Thomas via ReaganTMan)