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Sarah Palin, striking several populist themes, urged a cheering crowd in North Little Rock on Tuesday to start a revolution at the ballot box in 2010.

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 02/17/2010

Print Headline: 5,000 turn out to hear Palin talk


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    February 17, 2010 at 5:33 a.m.

    I was at the fundraiser, and the applause was never tepid, as you call it. We thought the "moonshine" comment was funny. Sarah Palin never said the Independents needed to pick the Republican party. You need to get your facts straight. She said if someone is running for office, he or she needs to decide whether to run as a Republican or as a Democrat and then do it. She NEVER said for them to run on the Republican ticket. I can certainly understand why the Democrats continue to smear her name; they are scared to death of her, and they should be. She electrified the entire audience. By the way, the biggest round of stand-up applause came when she praised our military and asked all our men and women who are in the armed services or have ever been in the armed services to stand. Were you really there?

    February 17, 2010 at 7:24 a.m.

    You'd expect Holmstrom to make some sort of down play remark, that’s his “spin job”. I was there and the talk was right on subject from our absent tee Commander in Chief x-law professor (?) who should know the Constitution, to the “global warming” farce and especially the lack of Government serving the people instead of the so called “elites” in DC and their special interest supporters serving themselves. As for this Arkansan I just hope America wakes up and we do have a cleaning of house starting in Nov, to much "dead wood" in DC patting each other on the back forgetting about the people's business (that's why Bayh quit). And I don’t just mean Democrats either, although they have had solid control of both houses of Congress going on 4 years now since 2006, and for most of the last 50 years. There are some responsible conservative Democrats who work for their constituency but they have even sacrificed their values under pressure from the Party Left Wing Liberals in leadership in Congress and will have to pay for their transgressions. But the record of Republicans also needs review by their constituency and if they are guilty of the same folly as the Democrats then they should go as well. As for Holmstrom’s comment about “governing”, his party, including all of Arkansas’ Democratic U.S. Congressional members, has forgotten about governing for the people a while back and unfortunately for America that’s where the problem is, a tyrannical government. We will take our country back!

  • albertc54013_gmail-com
    February 17, 2010 at 7:26 a.m.

    Democrats never tell the truth, they just follow there leader!!!

  • valindaliggins05210752
    February 17, 2010 at 7:56 a.m.

    If it is true that the tickets were around $250, this means that the Republicans paid Palin double the amount they netted for the event. They paid Palin around $850,000 to stand there and Democrat-bash for 45 minutes and had about $400,000 left. And this is Republican Economics 101. Republicans should be taught Fiscal Responsibility before they try to act on it. Democrats are spending, true, but it is to get the country out of the mess the Republicans spent the country into. Putting the country back on the right financial track will take time and effort, but it will be worth it when the economic well-being is restored. I don't think the Republicans have the right to criticize when they're doing nothing to solve the problem they created over the past 8 years.

  • olearky
    February 17, 2010 at 8:10 a.m.

    If you watched FRONTLINE on AETN last night, then you know who brought America to the brink of financial disaster. Alan Greenspan(who is fortunately retired), Larry Summers,(who is Obama's chief financial advisor) and Rob Rubin, who I hope is in a hole some where. These were the powers that be during Bill Clintons administration. and, I am a lifelong "yeller dog Democrat"

  • WildHog
    February 17, 2010 at 8:35 a.m.

    Palin is a decent woman. What is possibly wrong with reigning in the disasterous spending going on. Yeah Palin: Control Spending; Less big government and bureaucracy which lives off of higher taxes and more waste. Washington and one certain party have refused to listen to the people, and it's now paying a price. Lower taxes, so business can expand. The private sector grows jobs. Govt jobs are from your taxes.

  • HawgJockey
    February 17, 2010 at 9:12 a.m.

    The article said the event "grossed" about $400,000. Gross comes before net which comes after expenses. That would also make tickets around $80, not $250. Assuming the reporter got it right, your assumptions are way off. I say this with the possibility that the reporter misused these words. I didn't go and have no idea how much the tickets were.

  • djigoo
    February 17, 2010 at 10:05 a.m.

    Who would spend precious time listening to Failin' Bailin' Palin spew her twisted rhetoric?

    She's about as deep as a bumper sticker.

    God help us if she ever cons her way into the White House.

  • whydolibshatesomuch
    February 17, 2010 at 10:32 a.m.

    Tickets were as low as $20 at the Verizon Ticket office.

    God help us if John Edwards, John Kerry or Al Gore ever con their way into the White House.

    Oh yeah, they didn’t succeed.

    Thank you Lord!

  • e1-s90d-7kyc-5n5q_emailias-com
    February 17, 2010 at 11:03 a.m.

    Palin is not "owned by the system", at least not yet. There's some hope that she could grow and oppose the spending & borrowing binge that's been going on for 40+ years. Irresponsible Congresses and Presidents have been spending more than revenue, this must stop. Keynesian deficits will ruin our currency (see Austrian economics). As for the Tea movement, the media isn't getting it. There are Constitution Party people in it, independents not belonging to a party, Republicans, Democrats, Greens, Libertarians, and others. As long as the two big parties continue running this country on the course to financial ruin, we will stand up.