Killing them at the Safari Club International annual convention, Sarah Palin warned Obama was out for their gun rights-and dangles a major hint about 2012.
Palin is all smiles as she strides on stage. The press has been barred from the event, and she knows she won’t find a crowd this friendly again anytime soon–especially in a key presidential caucus state. The audience is even happier. For the past few days, powerless rank-and-file Safari Clubbers have been fretting over what the government plans to do with their guns after January 8th tragic shooting in Tucson. Now they’re about to hear from someone who may potentially have the pull to prevent their worst nightmares from coming true. The roar of the crowd is positively leonine.
Warm welcome or not, it still takes a few minutes for Palin to hit her target. At first, she seems to address every topic except the aftermath of Tucson. She admits that she “threw a little politics” into her recent TLC reality show by dragging the crew to the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge on the pretense of hunting caribou. Her real purpose? Showing viewers that ANWR is a “barren, desolate, less-than-pristine place”–perfect, in other words, for lots of new oil drilling. “If a caribou needs to be sacrificed for the sake of energy independence,” she adds, “I say, Mr. Caribou, maybe you need to take one for the team.” She mentions how some media figures have pledged not cover her at all in February, and says the boycott “sounds good” to her: “because there’s a lot of chaos in Cairo, and I can’t wait to not get blamed for it–at least for a month.” She even cites her children’s Christian names as evidence of her outdoorswoman cred. “Piper was named after Todd’s airplane, the Piper cub, which gets us to the hunting grounds,” she explains. “Bristol, Bristol Bay fishing grounds. Willow, a local sport-fishing stream. Trig, I pull the TRIG-ger. Track… I remember when we told my dad that his grandson was named Track, he said, &Like TRACKing an elephant”
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Once again Palin has been given the platform to basically spew pre- exsisting talking points about a hunting culture and guns, while her personal narrative as shown on her TLC show, which has been cancelled, as some kind of outdoorswoman has pretty well been debunked. She offers nothing of substance concerning these issues. But, that is obviously not what they are paying her the big bucks for. If things hold to the standard I’ve observed in the past with every other group or club that Palin is associated with, eventually they fail. It’s like they are stripped of what is the original intent, when Sarah Palin is involved. My hope…..This club because of it’s misplaced support of Palin and her divisiveness will lose membership, not gain it.