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Friday, December 1, 2023

Palin’s road show fizzles in Wisconsin

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks at a tax day tea party rally Saturday, April 16, 2011, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Sarah Palin revived her road show Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin, spouting the tea party line to a few hundred supporters who gathered in blowing snow and freezing temperatures to hear the polarizing political figure deliver her standard talking points.


“Hey folks, he’s trying to save your jobs and your pensions,” Palin screamed. “Your govenror did the right thing and you won! Your beautiful state won! And people still have their jobs!”

But Palin’s words drifted over a gathering far smaller than the tens of thousands who have rallied a the capital to protest Wisconsin Scott Walker’s efforts to bust public employee unions.  Saturday’s turnout to hear Palin was estimated to be about 6,500 — including pro-union supporters who chanted “recall Walker” and “Scott Walker has got to go.”

And Walker — thus far — has won nothing. His law is stalled in the courts and public opinion polls have shifted as his approval rating plummets.

Saturday’s turnout was anything but an endorsement of the bombastic Palin or the increasingly unpopular Walker.  The pro-Palin supporters were quickly surrounded by anti-Walker forces and arguments broke out.

Right-wing blogger Andrew Breibart rushed to the microphone at one point and screamed “go to hell” at the protestors.

But the planned Palin road show was not the love-in they expected for either Palin or Walker and the tension that has racked the Wisconsin State Capitol will continue.


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