Alaska blogger Mudflats has been following the Palin campaign from the beginning, and reported this morning on the Alaska Women Reject Palin rally in Anchorage.
“About a thousand (maybe) hard-core Palin supporters showed up to hear her speak at the new Dena’ina Convention Center in downtown Anchorage…(then) it was time to head to the Alaska Women Reject Palin rally…the idea was to make a statement that Sarah Palin does not speak for all Alaska women, or men.”
“The rally was organized by a small group of women, talking over coffee…These women hatched the plan, printed up flyers, posted them around town, and sent notices to local media outlets.”
“One of those media outlets was KBYR radio, home of Eddie Burke, a long-time uber-conservative Anchorage talk show host. Turns out that Eddie Burke not only announced the rally, but called the people who planned to attend the rally “a bunch of socialist baby-killing maggots”, and read the home phone numbers of the organizers aloud over the air, urging listeners to call and tell them what they thought. The women, of course, received many nasty, harassing and threatening messages.”
Burke showed up with a little hand-lettered sign that read, “Alaska is no Frisco”. In his myopia, he failed to realize that this isn’t some state election. Tom Rush pretty much summed up Burke’s worldview in “A Cowboy’s Paean”. Rouge cou, indeed, or as we say in French, cou rouge.
“Basically, in Anchorage, if you can get 25 people to show up at an event, it’s a success. So, I thought to myself, if we can actually get 100 people there that aren’t sent by Eddie Burke, we’ll be doing good.”
“Never, have I seen anything like it in my 17 and a half years living in Anchorage. The organizers had someone walk the rally with a counter, and they clicked off well over 1400 people (not including the 90 counter-demonstrators). This was the biggest political rally ever, in the history of the state. I was absolutely stunned. The second most amazing thing is how many people honked and gave the thumbs up as they drove by. And even those that didn’t honk looked wide-eyed and awe-struck at the huge crowd that was growing by the minute. This just doesn’t happen here.”
Check out the full story and photo gallery over at Mudflats, and let’s go viral with this story.
More at Washington Post.