Golly, we haven’t heard from retired grandmother Sarah Palin for, like, forever. I mean there was that time she was priced to move at Wal-Mart which came right after that other time when she informed her supporters that she wouldn’t be running for Homecoming Queen of America after all, and thanks for disability checks, rubes. And now that the Sarah Palin-look has reverted back to it’s slutty librarian roots what in the world is a Palinbot to do with their end of days until Jesus comes a’reaping?
Well this past weekend there was Grizzly Fest ’11 which is like a Gathering of Juggalos for the mobility scooter set. Best of all you didn’t really have to actually leave the house for Griz-Fest where you might be forced to use the socialist government sidewalk access ramps or encounter brown people. Here, let them tell you what you missed this past weekend because you were probably busy having gay sex or an abortion that day:
Grizzly Fest is an online summit for those who believe in the restoration of America through the leadership of Sarah Palin and the principles and values she represents.
The idea for Grizzly Fest sprang from Tammy Bruce’s suggestion for a Palinista “Meet-Up” to plot our next steps after Governor Palin announced she would not seek the GOP nomination. The idea gathered steam during a recent Roderic Deane radio show. We’ve rounded-up an inspiring group of Grizzlies to discuss the success of the movement so far, the ongoing work of restoration, and what comes next as we rally around shared values and purpose.
We invite Palin supporters everywhere to listen in LIVE to this important discussion on Saturday, Oct. 29th from 2-5 p.m. ET, and to share their own ideas in our dedicated forums. A podcast of the three-hour event will also be available for later listening if you miss any part of the broadcast.!
This sounds like all the fun of a state fair but without the deep-fried butter sticks and cow poop smell.
So, how’d it go? Oh.
Participants of the forum, called Grizzlyfest, came together for three hours to praise Palin, plot how they will continue their grassroots political organizing in 2012, and how they will choose 2012 candidates after Palin stunned the group in September when she announced she would not seek the GOP nomination. The running theme of the event was that they will stay active in conservative politics despite their chosen candidate’s decision.
Josh Painter, who runs the blog Texans for Sarah Palin, acknowledged that many supporters he knew were still “coming out of shock” at Palin’s decision, but that Grizzlyfest was an “excellent opportunity” to assess “where we are and where we are going.”
The forum at times sounded like a support group aimed at re-energizing the group who had devoted so much time to supporting Palin—some even moving to early states to campaign for the non-candidate—convinced she would run for president.
Palin did not participate in the event, but her brother, Chuck Heath Jr., called into the forum.
Panelist Nicole Coulter, an editor at the pro-Palin site Conservatives4Palin, asked the question that kept popping up on the event’s chat page where listeners could ask questions of the panelists: Can you convince Palin to change her mind?
“I can’t convince Sarah of anything,” Heath said. “But I will definitely work on her. I understand the reason that she had for not running, but I look at the other choices and it was painful for me, too. Honestly not because she’s my sister, but I honestly thought she was the best candidate out there. I’ll keep working on her.”
He said Palin’s early days in beauty pageants, which he said she did to get a college scholarship, “gave her a bit of confidence” and that “kind of snowballed into what happened now.”
Some supporters said they would look to whom Palin endorses in the 2012 races—including Senate and congressional elections—but they wouldn’t blindly follow her decisions.
Despite pledges to remain active and continue their work on behalf of other conservative candidates, there were no concrete decisions on candidates to support or politicians the group would coalesce behind in 2012. The goal of Grizzlyfest was to try to re-energize a group deeply disappointed by Palin’s decision.
One thing that was clear by the end: real disappointment remains despite a willingness to try and stay together as a cohesive group without a leader.
It seems that Mama Grizzly Sarah Palin was supposed to be a part of Grizzly Fest ’11 but there were, um, phone problems, yeah, that’s it:
We just wanted everyone to know that Governor Palin tried really hard to call into the Grizzly Fest Summit today. Unfortunately, there is an issue with Blog Talk Radio that we didn’t know about previously. Alaskans cannot get through to Blog Talk Radio shows (which is the format we used for Grizzly Fest) using the normal line that those of us in the lower-48 use. Due to technical difficulties, Governor Palin was unable to join us but it wasn’t for lack of trying. As I said, she did try and for a long time I might add. Please note that we were able to talk to Chuck Heath Jr. in Alaska because we called him.
So Sarah Palin tried for two whole hours to call into Griz-Fest from Alaska but couldn’t get though, but they were able to connect with her brother in Alaska by simply calling him. Sure they could have called Sarah on her direct 1-900-HOT-GRIZ line but, at $2.95 a minute, who has got that kind of money in this economy?
Besides Rich Lowry, of course….