The press is following Sarah Palin around on her book tour of real America, and in among her comments about "the huntin' and the fishin' and the hockey moms" are some pretty upsetting words from her fans.
Palin kind of sounded like Tina Fey's parody of her when she told a Grand Rapids audience,
Thank you so much for showin' up! First stop on the tour. There's just somethin' about Michigan. I couldn't wait to get back to Michigan. Alaska and Michigan have so much in common, with the huntin' and the fishin' and the hockey moms and just the hardworking patriotic Americans who are here.
But far scarier are the words of support she's been getting on the Going Rogue promotion trail. Although the press won't be allowed at Palin's Fort Bragg appearance — ostensibly because the Army is concerned the appearance might become "a political platform" for comments "directed against the commander in chief," reporters have already had several chances to talk to the Palin faithful. Here are some highlights:
On Palin's book in comparison to dead animals
I already shot a small buck, but this'll be a bigger trophy. I think when Reagan was in office, he saved us from ourselves, and I think she's got the character and the morals to do the same thing.
On the fate of uppity liberals
Don't you know that we're the right-wing mob? Don't anger us, we have the numbers today and we remember your face.
I'm looking at it from a historical perspective. Whether you like her or not, she's part of U.S. history.
I'm passionate about Sarah Palin. She wasn't a princess. She cleans her gun the same way I clean my gun.
On liberals' faulty wiring
She's alive inside, and that radiates energy, and people who are not psychologically alive inside are fascinated by that. There's a wire in those left-wing liberals that has never been quickened, and Sarah's got it. [...] There is something about that woman that has destiny, whether it's in politics, to be president, or to host a talk show.
And finally, from an eight-year-old, on the future
You rock. I want to be just like you.
"Get Your Pit Bull On!" [Salon]
Palin Attracts Fort Wayne Throng [Politico]
Palin Book Tour Kicks Off Where She Started 'Going Rogue' [LA Times]
Thousands Line Up In Michigan For Palin [Washington Post]
AP NewsBreak: Army Keeping Media From Palin Event [AP via Yahoo News]