Sarah and Bristol Palin receive a lukewarm welcome at Mall of America

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No throngs to pal with the Palins.
The rules set up by Mall of America officials for Sarah and Bristol Palin's book signing yesterday seemed to have been written in anticipation of an army of fans.

"'Camping out' is not allowed," the rules read. "Beginning at 5 a.m., guests will be allowed to line up."

But there was no teeming crowd of rabid Palinites at 5 a.m. And less than a half hour into the appearance of Bristol, Sarah, and Todd Palin, the crowd had dwindled to a trickle of latecomers.

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Todd and Sarah Palin
Bristol Palin was launching the promotional tour for her new memoir, Not Afraid of Life. It details how, as a teenager, she got drunk, lost her virginity to Levi Johnston in a tent, and became a teen mother. And she chronicles the rise of her Mama Grizzly.

Perhaps sensing that MOA's rotunda would not necessarily be mobbed by rabid Dancing with the Stars fans, Sarah Palin decided to tag along as well, revisiting the site where she was nearly tomatoed and signed a copy of our Michele Bachmann cover story "Going Crazy." 

Maybe she thought she had some star power. And Wednesday's rules stipulated that no one got Sarah Palin's autograph unless they bought Bristol's book. 

Savvy. But by the time the Palins took the stage, one estimate put the number of autograph seekers at about 300 people, all lined up to be wanded and watched over by a phalanx of Bloominton cops before getting to the Palins' table.

That compares to roughly 1,000 who showed for Sarah Palin's "Going Rogue" tour a few years ago -- a figure roughly half the size hyped by promoters. And there were no tomatoes this time, nor a glittering.

At the end of the event, the MOA estimated that about 700 books had been signed. Perhaps the Palins simply sign books at a lightning pace, but the rotunda was deserted at least a half hour early. 

Maybe the hearts of local conservatives are with our own homegrown crazy clown?

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Luke
Luke

That Mall was packed and there was a line up. I just saw the video. Once again if this woman is no treat to BHO why make up a story about a lukewarm welcome when there is actually video footage.

Meech Lynn
Meech Lynn

bwahahahahahahahahahaha..................

cessnadriver
cessnadriver

People who think that Bristie has anything to say should be put on a special FBI id-jet list. 

Sally Jo Sorensen
Sally Jo Sorensen

I hear the glitterati were on the LRT to say hello, but decided to quit halfway en route out there. Apparently, not completing the prank was judged to be a more apt statement about Palin's career (and reflection of her half-hearted homophobia as well) than actually throwing the glitter.

If this report is true, it suggests that those who worry about the glitter bombs escalating fail to see the genuine evolution of Minnesota's robust prankster community.

Last year, it was pennies, last month, glitter, and yesterday, they were throwing back Masel Tov cocktails at the local watering hole. A fitting tribute to Sarah Palin, I must say.

time ghost
time ghost

Best choice in '08, best choice in '12. Unfortunately he's a doctor that doesn't believe in science. If I could vote I'd still cast mine for him though.

Dr.Demento
Dr.Demento

 Paultards never come in short supply...

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

The last time we elected a racist it was a pretty bad idea. (George W. Bush)     I don't think Ron Paul gets shamed enough for the racist newsletter he used to publish.  Plus look at all the lobbyists Rand Paul put on his staff.    Seems like they are a bunch of phonies if you ask me.  I will admit Ron Paul is by far the sanest Republican but that's like being the sanest member of the Manson family.  

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I checked the sources.   See I'm actually informed on things.  As a smart liberal progressive person I'm pretty sick of how Republicans get away with every type of evil these days.   The Republican party is a party filled with hateful bigots.   The constant bashing of immigrants, Muslims, and gay people never stops from Republicans.    The following is from The New Republic.   

Paul’s alliance with neo-Confederates helps explain the views his newsletters have long espoused on race. Take, for instance, a special issue of the Ron Paul Political Report,published in June 1992, dedicated to explaining the Los Angeles riots of that year. “Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began,” read one typical passage. According to the newsletter, the looting was a natural byproduct of government indulging the black community with “‘civil rights,’ quotas, mandated hiring preferences, set-asides for government contracts, gerrymandered voting districts, black bureaucracies, black mayors, black curricula in schools, black tv shows, black tv anchors, hate crime laws, and public humiliation for anyone who dares question the black agenda.” It also denounced “the media” for believing that “America’s number one need is an unlimited white checking account for underclass blacks.”...

This “Special Issue on Racial Terrorism” was hardly the first time one of Paul’s publications had raised these topics. As early as December 1989, a section of hisInvestment Letter, titled “What To Expect for the 1990s,” predicted that “Racial Violence Will Fill Our Cities” because “mostly black welfare recipients will feel justified in stealing from mostly white ‘haves.’” Two months later, a newsletter warned of “The Coming Race War,” and, in November 1990, an item advised readers, “If you live in a major city, and can leave, do so. If not, but you can have a rural retreat, for investment and refuge, buy it.” In June 1991, an entry on racial disturbances in Washington, DC’s Adams Morgan neighborhood was titled, “Animals Take Over the D.C. Zoo.” “This is only the first skirmish in the race war of the 1990s,” the newsletter predicted. In an October 1992 item about urban crime, the newsletter’s author--presumably Paul--wrote, “I’ve urged everyone in my family to know how to use a gun in self defense. For the animals are coming.” That same year, a newsletter described the aftermath of a basketball game in which “blacks poured into the streets of Chicago in celebration. How to celebrate? How else? They broke the windows of stores to loot.” The newsletter inveighed against liberals who “want to keep white America from taking action against black crime and welfare,” adding, “Jury verdicts, basketball games, and even music are enough to set off black rage, it seems.”

the ghost of time ghost
the ghost of time ghost

You are buying into talking points if you believe he is racist, check other sources. I don't know about Rand, but weren't we talking about his dad? Don't be a bitch Michelle.

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