September 14, 2008


"Palin pandemonium" in Nevada: At her first solo campaign stop outside Alaska, Sarah Palin inspired Republicans to embrace her lock, stock and barrel. "She represents me." (Katharine Mieszkowski, Sep. 14, 2008, Salon)

On Saturday, at her first solo campaign stop in the lower 48 as the GOP's vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin compared breaking the glass ceiling to breaking the sound barrier, while Chuck Yeager looked on with approval. To the handful of curious Democrats in the crowd, it may have seemed like they had fallen through the looking glass into a place where Palin can do no wrong.

Inside the open-air Pony Express Pavilion in Mills Park in the state's capital, Palin introduced Yeager, the American pilot who in 1947 became the first man to travel faster than the speed of sound, who was sitting in the audience among a capacity crowd of 3,500 euphoric Palin fans, among them recent John McCain converts. Yeager "is a true American hero, and maybe as the first man to break the sound barrier, hopefully, he has a good idea of how that first woman can break the glass ceiling once and for all," Palin said, inspiring screams from the crowd as she stood before a giant banner reading "Country First."

At the spirited rally, T-shirts depicted Palin as Rosie the Riveter with the iconic slogan, "We can do it!" and posters decreeing, "Read my lipstick!"

...she'll just be one heartbeat away from the presidency?

If the election were to turn into a blowout she'd even vault Jeb as next in line, which guarantees the next nomination in the GOP.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 14, 2008 3:09 PM
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