RNC speaker calls Palin 'Sarah Pawlenty'
by semiquaver, Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 04:53:15 PM EDT
A half hour ago, RNC Co-chair Jo Ann Davidson accidentally referred to Governor Palin as 'Sara Pawlenty'.
"1892 was the last year a Republican National Convention was held in Minneapolis. That was the first Republican convention to seat two women alternates from Wyoming, which you will remember was one of the first states that allowed women the right to vote."
"But the 1892 convention here was another first for Republicans. Judith Ellen Foster, the first president of the National Women's Republican Association and a leader in the women's suffrage movement became the first woman to speak at a Republican convention with these words, 'we are here to help you and we are here to stay.'"
"Her words were prophetic. Ever since that convention, women have been an integral part of the party. And today 116 years later we are holding a convention that will nominate a Republican woman governor - Sarah Pawlenty, our next vice president!"
Watching surrogates try to justify this choice makes it abundantly clear that the outward enthusiasm the GOP is displaying for Palin is only authentic among the religious right. The GOP is in panic mode, and many republicans are even considering the radical step of selecting a new VP, which means they consider the inevitable damage that would result preferable to dealing with all the controversy she's stirred up so far -- maybe they even know something we don't. Apparently Ms. Davidson is one of them and made a Freudian slip. The contract for Palin being withdrawn over at intrade is already up to 15%.