The Bus to Nowhere – Palin Hits the Road
Sarah Palin has a bus.
It’s not the one that she unceremoniously hurls her personal and political enemies under, nor the one she flew to via private jet during her book tour for Going Rogue.
Like any good Tea Party bus, it comes complete with a giant Constitution on the side. Just in case you didn’t get it, there’s also a redundant “We the People” in gigantic letters on top of the Constitution. Then there’s a One Nation logo, with the ‘A’ as the Liberty Bell, with “One Nation Under God With Liberty and Justice for All” underneath. Then there’s the stripes of the flag, and a map of the United States, and sweeping mountain vistas, and Sarah Palin’s signature, website address, and “Paid for by SarahPAC.” To top it off we are all invited to “Join the Fundamental Restoration of America.” All it needs is one of those flashing signs on the front and back that tells you the next stop is WHITE HOUSE.
As Sarah Palin sets out on her bus tour, she’s planning to stop at strategic locations up the east coast. If you didn’t get enough patriotic symbolism from the paint job, fear not. The bus will be stopping at various points of interest like The Liberty Bell, and Gettysburg. The road trip will begin in the nation’s capital on Memorial Day at a veterans’ event. The fact that there is no bald eagle in the mix (at least so far) is almost disconcerting.
The spokesman for the Memorial Day motorcycle rally ‘Rolling Thunder’ was less than pleased that Palin was foisting herself upon his fellow vets at the event. Despite claims that Palin had “accepted an invitation” to participate, it seems that wasn’t the case.
During an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Shpak seemed particularly miffed that Palin was planning on attending the rally and made the point that she wasn’t invited. Rolling Thunder does not endorse candidates and seemed annoyed that his cell phone would not stop ringing since this news broke.
Here’s the clip of Mitchell’s interview talking about the serious and important nature of the event which focuses on vets, POWs and those missing. The event’s spokesman Ted Shpak goes out of his way to say that she was not invited to come, or to speak, and that his organization was not endorsing her. “It’s taking away from the reason we’re here,” he said. “Maybe she’s coming because she knows we’ve got a half a million people in town.” Astute.
“We can’t stop her from coming…” he went on. We know how you feel Mr. Shpak. We can’t stop her from running for office either.