1500 wait in freezing weather to meet Palin on book tour

posted at 10:55 am on November 18, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

In case anyone needed an example of the drawing power and political energy that Sarah Palin wields, the Detroit Free Press report on the start of her book tour should fill the gap nicely.  Despite freezing temperatures, people gathered by the hundreds early this morning to greet Palin in person at a Grand Rapids bookstore.  By 5 am, five hundred people stood outside the Barnes & Noble — and two hours later, the numbers had swelled to 1500:

And that’s 4:55 this morning when the thermometer had dipped into the 30s. But the 500 or so people in line didn’t mind the sleepless night or the onset of winter.

“What she represents is what we’re standing in line for,” said Robin Case, 44, of Traverse City, who set up a chair and sleeping bag at 9 p.m. Tuesday to make sure she got the chance to meet Sarah Palin, former Alaska Governor and vice presidential candidate. “She’s real and she’s standing up for what we believe in.”

Palin was scheduled to begin her “Going Rogue” book tour at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in suburban Grand Rapids.

By 7 a.m., the line had swelled to more than 1,500 people as Barnes & Noble wrapped orange wristbands around Palin fans’ wrists.

Most authors would be pleased to get 1500 people in total to show up for a book tour.  (Heck, most authors would kill to sell 1500 books.)  Even the Lord of the Rings openings didn’t attract 1500 fans for a 7 am show.  Star Wars didn’t get this kind of response.  And if Massachusetts is any indicator, not even Barack Obama can pack a house like this any more.

Sarah Palin is a phenomenon, and the release of her book proves it.  Even the media that loves to deride her has spent the past few days obsessing over her — so much so that Jamie Weinstein wonders whether the media knows that there are other stories to cover.  We didn’t see anything like this when Ted Kennedy’s memoirs were published posthumously, nor when the Clinton memoirs came out.

Yesterday, I spoke with NPR’s Mara Liasson about the Palin phenomenon.  Liasson asked me about Palin’s prospects in 2012, but I responded that the 2010 midterms would be the first indicator of what Palin intends:

Meanwhile, Morrissey thinks she is right to focus on electing Republicans in 2010. Endorsing candidates, raising money and energizing the party base will give Palin a big platform and a way to showcase her clout inside the GOP.

“What will be telling for Sarah Palin is what kind of impact she’s going to have on the midterm elections — where she’s helpful, where she’s not helpful,” he says.

“I think that will give us all a much better idea of where Sarah Palin can go in 2012 or in 2016 or in 2020,” Morrissey says.

The momentum of the book sales takes Palin right into the 2010 primaries.  Where will she campaign, and for whom?  Will Palin drive turnout?  Will she stick with safe, conservative districts, or attempt to lock horns in swing districts?  That will be a key to see where Palin sees herself on the political stage and what ambitions she might have for the future.


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Palin’s fans aren’t a bunch of violent idiots.

UltimateBob

But the MSM will do their damndest to try to make it appear that way if they possibly can.

beachgirlusa on November 18, 2009 at 5:40 PM

At least Palin is in the US during difficult times. Occidental Colleges’ Barry Soetoro is overseas burnishing his image, visiting another half brother or most likely hiding out.

BHO Jonestown on November 18, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Gee… there is so much to love about Hillary…
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Let’s see she stuck by her man through thick and thin bimbo eruption after degrading blue dress wardrobe malfunction, and impeachment for lying under oath. Her own story is a true tale of chasing power what ever the price. Classy? No, not at all.
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And now… Obama has her wearing the traditional headdress of a ‘in her place woman’ while doing his bidding in the Pakistan and other unappealing locals.
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Hillary is the perfect patsy for powerful men-gone-wild. She does their dirty work, even as they do her dirty… I think your comparison skizz need a bit of work… Cuda is walkin tall and about to drop the hammer so pay attention.
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I think you missed the part where Sarah is all about walking into the lionesses den (think Obaby’s gal pal Oprah) and being all about ‘this is my time’… I don’t suppose Obaby or Michelle will ever go on Hannity? Glen? Rush? Didn’t think so.
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RalphyBoy on November 18, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Hillary and Sarah aren’t alike politically. I liked Hillary because she’s an implementer. She does her homework. Sarah’s style of governing isn’t particularly well understood yet. We’ll see.

AnninCA on November 18, 2009 at 6:07 PM

I personally want to see if it lasts for the entire book tour

unseen
It will.

beachgirlusa on November 18, 2009 at 5:30 PM

I think so too. But I still want to see it. It would be great if it builds as it goes….what if 5,000 so up for the last one?

unseen on November 18, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Hillary and Sarah aren’t alike politically. I liked Hillary because she’s an implementer. She does her homework. Sarah’s style of governing isn’t particularly well understood yet. We’ll see.

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I dislike the Hill because she is a tool and a fool, besides she is way left of what I want for my country.
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By homework, do you mean the way she helped try to destroy any woman who dared to protest about Bill’s philandering?
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RalphyBoy on November 18, 2009 at 6:17 PM

I think so too. But I still want to see it. It would be great if it builds as it goes….what if 50,000 so up for the last one?

unseen on November 18, 2009 at 6:16 PM

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FI
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RalphyBoy on November 18, 2009 at 6:22 PM

More legitimate news coverage.

Grow Fins on November 18, 2009 at 6:24 PM

what if 50,000 so up for the last one?

And what if 50 show up? Who will you blame? Katie Couric?

Grow Fins on November 18, 2009 at 6:26 PM

I dislike the Hill because she is a tool and a fool, besides she is way left of what I want for my country.

Politically, she was more moderate than Obama, more left than McCain and anything but a fool.

I don’t really get surprised by any of the politico’s sexcapades. There have been too many by now.

I’m glad I’m not married to any of them, frankly.

AnninCA on November 18, 2009 at 6:27 PM

And what if 50 show up?

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Wow… you really do need help. Sad Sack comes to mind.
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RalphyBoy on November 18, 2009 at 6:33 PM

BobAnthony on November 18, 2009 at 3:12 PM

I say to thee that thee be deranged. In case thee doth not knoweth, Governor Palin, via Alaskan rules, she does not select the judges and therefore had to choose between those candidates that OTHERS choseth for her.

It only takes a few seconds to perform just a smidgeon of research to know this bit about the judge is totally incorrect. Why did you not know this?

freeus on November 18, 2009 at 6:38 PM

I don’t really get surprised by any of the politico’s sexcapades. There have been too many by now.

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I don’t get surprised by that stuff either, but Hillary was an active participant, and in a very despicable way. She should be ashamed… But then many pols don’t do ashamed (especially true for liberals cause they stand for very little in the moral column… hence, no shame).
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RalphyBoy on November 18, 2009 at 6:38 PM

. She should be ashamed…

Why? I thought Elizabeth’s antics post-affair were a lot more questionable.

AnninCA on November 18, 2009 at 6:42 PM

And what if 50 show up? Who will you blame? Katie Couric?

Grow Fins on November 18, 2009 at 6:26 PM

What if????
But we don’t have to worry about “what if’s” that is for liberals to dream about…the fact is, 1,500 showed up.
I love your posts, it shows the thought process of a liberal. Keep posting your are F’in brilliant…

right2bright on November 18, 2009 at 6:50 PM

I’m sorry… I fail to see how the Edwards saga has anything at all to do with Hillary? You could throw up Brittany and Madonna too if you want, that relieves Hillary of none of her nasty past. Not made up, or exaggerated… as happens when the press dislikes someone, but real nasty… skanky even.
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Hillary and Bill should both be ashamed to show their faces in polite circles, but then, they don’t travel in polite circles. I mean it with all honesty… I would not want either of those two near my family. They are untrustworthy, and they smile while they lie about it.
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RalphyBoy on November 18, 2009 at 6:56 PM

How many lined up in Detroit for “Obama money” that day? I can’t remember…

SouthernGent on November 18, 2009 at 7:01 PM

Well, Ralphy, I have a different opinion, obviously. Skanky to me is denying a baby her father because it makes you mad, such as Elizabeth is doing. Or Sanford calling his mistress his “soul mate.”

AnninCA on November 18, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Hillary and Bill should both be ashamed to show their faces in polite circles, but then, they don’t travel in polite circles. I mean it with all honesty… I would not want either of those two near my family. They are untrustworthy, and they smile while they lie about it.
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RalphyBoy on November 18, 2009 at 6:56 PM

OTOH, Sarah and Todd are more like the rest of us in flyover country. You can trust them and you can trust them with your kids.
2010 is going to be so much fun.

Blacksmith8 on November 18, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Is it coincidence that our dear leader fled the co8untry for Sarah week?

tarpon on November 18, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Well, Ralphy, I have a different opinion, obviously. Skanky to me is denying a baby her father because it makes you mad (you mean the ex-democratic presidential weesle remembered mostly for this… forever), such as Elizabeth is doing. Or Sanford calling his mistress his “soul mate.”

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Point well taken… I guess we can safely say that 9 out of 10 Dem presidential candidates are low life scum of one type or another. Even One who spent 20 years in a pew at a racist church and hangs around with terrorist and wants to steal from some to pass out to others as voting block bribes can find a worshiping crowd at the DNC Convention.
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RalphyBoy on November 18, 2009 at 7:22 PM

I guess we can safely say that 9 out of 10 Dem presidential candidates liberals in general are low life scum of one type or another.

There, much better.

beachgirlusa on November 18, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Ralphy…neither party has much wiggle room on this topic. LOL*

I agree with Palin, actually. It’s a bit like Animal House. You put too much money, a false sense of power, adoration from the public…and that’s not likely to bring out the best in people.

AnninCA on November 18, 2009 at 7:34 PM

There, much better.

beachgirlusa on November 18, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Nah* We could trade names all night long. It’s not a political deal.

AnninCA on November 18, 2009 at 7:38 PM

O rallied for Corzine and called his bff.
Epic Fail in NJ….the Acorn, crack capital

Virginia
Gov. repub
Attorney Gen. repub
Lt. Gov. repub.

2010 will be fabulous.

Work your districts….contribute only to conservatives

nondhimmie on November 18, 2009 at 8:00 PM

I’m sure Fox will find some Palin crowd footage from the presidential race to throw against this story and claim it was footage from last week.

Dave Rywall on November 18, 2009 at 8:09 PM

She’s coming to Noblesville, Indiana tomorrow. Noblesville is basically a suburb of Indianapolis. It is a separate city, but it’s really close to Indy. I think the crowds at these book signings would be off the charts if they didn’t use a bracelet system and limit it to 1,000 bracelets.

Here’s what I hope happens: The tea party groups put people up to run in primaries and Sarah campaigns for them. Her support would help tremendously. I think this kind of thing is what she has in mind.

darwin-t on November 18, 2009 at 8:25 PM

I started at the beginning of this thread and tried to read as many of the comments that I could. After a while I gave up. All too many of the posts here are dominated by TROLLS and their enablers. They take over a thread and destroy its continuity. The only way to handle someone like GrowFins is to ignore them. Fins’ narcisism requires feedback to feed his/her ego.

So many posters here have points of view that are interesting and persuasive. However, when even the best posters cater to the TROLLS we all lose. Please stop feeding them!

BillyGoatGruff on November 18, 2009 at 9:19 PM

I’m sure Fox will find some Palin crowd footage from the presidential race to throw against this story and claim it was footage from last week.

Dave Rywall on November 18, 2009 at 8:09 PM

Yeah, you’re right. I’m sure there were only 30 or so at the book signing, and the book itself will actually sell no more than Pelosi’s masterpiece.

ddrintn on November 18, 2009 at 9:36 PM

I started at the beginning of this thread and tried to read as many of the comments that I could. After a while I gave up. All too many of the posts here are dominated by TROLLS and their enablers. They take over a thread and destroy its continuity. The only way to handle someone like GrowFins is to ignore them. Fins’ narcisism requires feedback to feed his/her ego.

So many posters here have points of view that are interesting and persuasive. However, when even the best posters cater to the TROLLS we all lose. Please stop feeding them!

BillyGoatGruff

A+
I’ve been saying pretty much the same thing since I first came here a few weeks ago, probably to the point of being as annoying as the trolls.

beachgirlusa on November 18, 2009 at 9:46 PM

I think the crowds at these book signings would be off the charts if they didn’t use a bracelet system and limit it to 1,000 bracelets.

Now see that worries me a bit. I can’t get to Plano too early since I have two little ones, but I don’t want to miss out either. I am really looking forward to December 4th!!

XWing5 on November 18, 2009 at 9:57 PM

The largest meeting room at the Westin Copley, Boston, where Obama campaigned with/for Gov Patrick who is up for relection in 2010, seats “up to” 2400 people. They pulled about 12-1500—In BOSTON!

A week earlier, at the Westin St. Frances (San Francisco) he spoke at a DNC fundraiser. The headline the next day: “Thousands protest during Obama visit”

Just sayin’.

davidk on November 18, 2009 at 9:57 PM

Cult of personality?

You betcha.

LevStrauss on November 18, 2009 at 12:40 PM

All Aboard the Victory Express!

I like IKE!

Morning in America

A certain number of personally devoted supporters, even rabid followers, is to be expected and is nothing new.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on November 18, 2009 at 10:03 PM

She just finished the Hannity interview. Great interview and superior responses. Sarah, you are awsome and your answers on domestic and international issues are beyond in intellect what we are getting from the dirty liar. Sarah, you go girl and keep doing what you are doing. We are with you all the way…..

highninside on November 18, 2009 at 10:13 PM

Nice one ted. I hope you and yours never have to go without health insurance.

Grow Fins on November 18, 2009 at 12:04 PM

I’ve had to go without health insurance chum.
Not fun, but the free market works that way some times.
Here’s the part that may confuse you; since health care isn’t a right, but a benefit granted in exchange for either money (if I buy it) or as part of a total compensation package (if my employer buys it,) I changed jobs, so I had insurance.

massrighty on November 18, 2009 at 10:14 PM

McCain came out today and said nice stuff about his staff. I’m surprised. I think that will cost him votes, and he may regret that. Staffers don’t need to be supported. They have AP doing that.

AnninCA on November 18, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Staffers know where the bodies are buried.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on November 18, 2009 at 10:15 PM

Dave Rywall on November 18, 2009 at 8:09 PM

Somebody must have opened the tool drawer!

massrighty on November 18, 2009 at 10:18 PM

Saw the Hannity interview too. At the end, Hannity was practically BEGGING her to say she’d run for ’12.
She didn’t rule it out but, I think if she runs it will only -only- be because of popular demand.

She seems very happy now.
Everytime I see her she seems fine, she would rather talk about policy then her family, but that’s a good thing.

I keep seeing all these people say they will demand she run.
For all the people on here who say (seriously or not) she will be the next POTUS? I think it’s time for you guys to calm down.
Don’t get your hopes up too high for Palin in ’12.

B Man on November 18, 2009 at 10:21 PM

Borrowed from another poster on another site:
Sarah Palin is not just a politician she is a movement and We’re All Goin Rogue

Throw the bums out.
Out with the professional political panderers and thieves!
In with citizen legislators with real jobs, real families, and real lives.
Takin our country back one corrupt politician at a time or a bunch in 2010 and 2012!
Goin Rogue With Sarah 2010, 2012

dhunter on November 18, 2009 at 10:22 PM

More legitimate news coverage.

Grow Fins on November 18, 2009 at 6:24 PM

More illegitimate postings from the noted comment fabricator and liar.

hawkdriver on November 19, 2009 at 4:58 AM

Staffers know where the bodies are buried.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on November 18, 2009 at 10:15 PM

Good point.

AnninCA on November 19, 2009 at 9:51 AM

A dad and his kids who were there last night (early arrival to greet Palin and get her signature on their book copy) called in to relate “thousands” showed up.

“Bless Palin’s heart. She really is as popular as a big rock star. I’m glad to hear that.”–Bill Bennett

maverick muse on November 19, 2009 at 10:00 AM

I watch a lot of pop culture shows ( I know, I like trash), and I am really shocked by how many anti-Palin jokes are sprinkled in. I can’t help but wonder why a so-called inconsequential idiot hillbilly and her family must be destroyed at any cost – even using non-sequitor jokes in cable sitcoms. It’s truly bizarre.

Queen0fCups on November 19, 2009 at 11:08 AM

OT: Saher Palin is on Laura Ingraham Show.

Dire Straits on November 19, 2009 at 11:11 AM

SHE’S NOT GOING TO RUN IN 2012……..

She’s all but said that. If she doesn’t run we’re all hosed and stuck with Judas for another 4 years MINIMUM (if they don’t repeal the 22nd Amendment by then).

God Help the United States of America.

Psalms 109:8

PappyD61 on November 19, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Hillary and Sarah aren’t alike politically. I liked Hillary because she’s an implementer. She does her homework. Sarah’s style of governing isn’t particularly well understood yet. We’ll see.

AnninCA on November 18, 2009 at 6:07 PM

I always knew you were full of shit.

alliebobbitt on November 19, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Somebody must have opened the tool drawer!

massrighty on November 18, 2009 at 10:18 PM

LOL

alliebobbitt on November 19, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Book tour. Talk show appearances.

Grow Fins on November 18, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Who, Obama or Palin?

Fighton03 on November 19, 2009 at 7:16 PM

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