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Laura Ingraham Defends Sarah Palin at the Republican National Convention

Laura Ingraham at the Republican National Coalition for Life

Yesterday I was in the presence of the "Life of the Party" — not Diddy or Lohan, it was the name of the convention event for the Republican National Coalition for Life. Expecting keynote speaker Sarah Palin, who'd been booked long prior to her ticket selection (Right to Life has its finger on the pulse?) the group sampled the ham carving station, bopped to the oompah-oompah band, and made short work of the notion that Sarah Palin's recent announcement that her daughter is pregnant has anything to do with her fitness to be Vice President. This group is fiercely Right to Palin, all the way.

According to my tablemates, the choice of Palin has galvanized the party in a way no other choice would have. That notion was solidified by the line up of speakers which included legendary ERA opponent Phyllis Schlafly (who at 80-something looks incredible. She sat on the edge of the stage before the event, graciously taking pictures with everyone and couldn't have been nicer.)


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Phyllis announced that Palin wasn't able to attend, but that she had a surprise replacement: Laura Ingraham. Ingraham commanded the stage and made a pointed case for Palin to the cheers of the crowd. To see what she said,

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In regard to the notion that Palin isn't popular, Ingraham said, "The people who know her best, give her an 80 to 90 percent approval rating on a regular basis."

And she furiously went after the recent media coverage of Palin saying,

You think a certain way, because the people who have all these stamps on their passports who are so much smarter than we are, if you believe those things. . . what we see now is all these journalists, and all these people on the left — boosters of the Obama campaign — which is pretty much everyone at MSNBC. . . they're all for equal rights for women aren't they? Women who weren't aborted. They're for women's empowerment, and for women succeeding in men's professions. Oh, really? Then why, oh why, are you treating this woman, Sarah Palin, like dirt?

She concluded to the roaring crowd, "If Sarah Palin were pro-choice, there would be no articles on the front page of the New York Times. . . There's no bigger threat to the elites in this country than a woman who's strong and who knows her conservative convictions."

Not everyone in the room was in favor of the message — see what happened when a Code Pink protester took the stage with the legendary Phyllis Schlafly. Watch two seconds into the video as tiny dynamo Phyllis slams down the mic so the woman can't be heard. Everyone around me yesterday dug that move. The crowd then burst into spontaneous song, "God Bless America," while the protester was swiftly dispatched.

After the second group of protesters hit later on in the program Phyllis said, "Well! They don't have an argument so they just have to make a scene."

What do you make of Laura and Phyllis' arguments?

lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I agree with cab; I think it's childish because cab clearly stated, "in my opinion..." She didn't state it as absolute fact. Does it really matter though? And torg, I see what you're saying about it not being important, but I'm glad you understand that it's also annoying.
Michelann Michelann 9 years
Well that's a funny image, too :)
stephley stephley 9 years
I wouldn't be angry, I would say it calmly as I kept on going.
Michelann Michelann 9 years
haha, Torg, I just got an image of Cabaker having a conversation with somebody at a party an saying she thinks Reagan was one of the best presidents, and a very angry Stephley comes in, says "No he wasn't!" and then stalks away. Thank you for that :)
True-Song True-Song 9 years
> I just personally can't stand it when someone chimes in with a dissenting opinion based on nothing, backed up by nothing, and then takes off. I get that. It's probably the same feeling I get when I see little eye rolling cartoons. But...it's a message board. It's not like she got up and stalked out of the room while talking to you face to face. Lots of people make one comment and then move on.
stephley stephley 9 years
Thank you.
gitsie123 gitsie123 9 years
Does anybody else think it's childish to respond to cab's opinion that Reagan was one of the best presidents with a simple "no he wasn't"? No
Marni7 Marni7 9 years
I think they do it because I let them go get stuff for themselves..so they ask to be nice
Michelann Michelann 9 years
So I say "abortion isn't the most important issue in politics" and you say "abortion isn't the only choice"? I'm still confused.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Dream, which one was that? I saw the one where the most people rated him as worst.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Well in that case Marni really you're just doing them a favor by giving them what they want to hear.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 9 years
In response to comment 78 Mich - ... Anyway, I don't see how people think abortion is the most important issue in politics today.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 9 years
Interesting indeed -- George W Bush was #1 on one of those polls.
letsgetloud21 letsgetloud21 9 years
I said the same thing yesterday cabaker.
Michelann Michelann 9 years
"Why do people think abortion is the only choice???" What are you talking about?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Just to throw something in to the conversation, the Wikipedia entry on presidential rankings is very interesting.
Marni7 Marni7 9 years
In my defense they are ALWAYS asking me if I want anything LOL
dreamsugar dreamsugar 9 years
Step/RAC '08 -- LOL!!!!
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
rac, i see you point but if its not worth getting into then why comment at all? lets argue about steph's motives :mob: ;)
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
That is an abuse of power Marni! I'm very disappointed! ;)
dreamsugar dreamsugar 9 years
Why do people think abortion is the only choice???? And CHOICE isn't the only issue that matters to me. Economy, Jobs, Prosperity, ending the war in Iraq -- cupcakes are yummy.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
It may seem like sh!t stirring, but after the months I've spent with both you and Stephley I think she's more than willing to debate Reagan but felt as though it wasn't worth getting into. And as Stephley's publicist, I'd also like to add that Stephley, although not pleased with the choice of Sarah Palin as the vice presidential nominee, wishes her success on her campaign. You will all receive a briefing later from my office. Thank you.
Marni7 Marni7 9 years
ahh all this talk about chocolate and cupcakes is making me crazy lol..im goin to have to send my student worker to grab some reese's for me :P
letsgetloud21 letsgetloud21 9 years
well we seen enough shit stirring yesterday.
letsgetloud21 letsgetloud21 9 years
that cupcake is making me hungry.:DROOL:
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