She was greeted by several dozen protestors, or as I can them “Palin Pouters.”
It was the usual suspects, Code Pinkos, MoveOn.org types as well as a few dopes just out to get their mugs on TV.
On the other side of the street, McCain/Palin supporters turned out. And they outnumbered the “Palin Pouters” 5 to 1. Maybe more.
They were happy warriors for the GOP. They laughed, smiled, and chanted USA USA USA and switched over to SARAH SARAH SARAH.
Inside the hotel, 1500 well-heeled Republican donors had brunch, and waited for Sarah. And waited. Finally, she took the stage.
The McCain campaign raised big $$$ at this fund-raiser, some say it totaled more than two million bucks, which broke the record for a GOP fund-raiser in California. Sarah Palin can pack them in!
The funniest line of the day came when Governor Palin confided to the crowd that a lot of people asked her why she did “so lousy with Katie Couric?”
She replied “it was job security for Tina Fey.” That brought a huge laugh.
Palin had the crowd eating out of her hand. She was given standing o’s several times. Everyone was happy to see her, and she was happy to see us. We watched a supremely confident woman, dressed in a dark quasi military sheath, decorated by a rhinestone ARMY insignia to honor her son Track, who is now in Iraq.
Here is a picture of Elizabeth Myers, of San Jose. She invited me to be her guest, alongwith Brian Sussman of KSFO, and Catherine Moy, Executive Director of Move America Forward. I am very grateful she did. Elizabeth is a gracious and warm woman.