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Because the Lefties Are So Violent

February 8th, 2011

You know that someone is definitely playing games with this one:

Former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was scheduled to speak at an event for a Colorado nonprofit group May 2, but the event was canceled the day after it was announced due to “an onslaught of personal attacks” against Palin.

Palin was to speak at the Patriots & Warriors Gala at the Infinity Park Event Center in Glendale, Colo., which was billed as an awards banquet and fundraiser for military families in need and for a grief camp for children who had lost loved ones in combat.

Now, from reading that, it sounds as if they announced the event, with Palin as the headliner, but then were deluged with angry emails and death threats. Certainly that is how right-wing “news” sites are running with the story. However, if one continues reading:

But the event, sponsored by the Sharon K. Pacheco Foundation, was canceled Saturday, a day after it had been announced to the media. A press release posted on the sponsoring organization’s Facebook page reads, “Due to an onslaught of personal attacks against Gov. Palin and others associated with her appearance, it is with deep sadness and disappointment that, in the best interest of all, we cancel the event for safety concerns.”

The press release goes on to say that no direct threats were made against Palin, nor were any made against members of the organization’s staff, but in light of the shooting rampage in Arizona last month, the negative rhetoric “raises concern for her safety and the safety of others despite the call for civility in America.”

“The organization deeply respects Sarah Palin,” reads the release, “and appreciates her willingness to come and honor our military. The organization plans to host the event at some point in the future, featuring another speaker.”

In short, there were no threats. The claim is that they were concerned about her security because of the pre-existing tone of criticism against Palin since the Arizona incident. Which, of course, is BS–if that were the case, they wouldn’t have booked her in the first place.

I looked up the “Sharon K. Pacheco Foundation,” and had a very hard time finding anything. While they do have a web site (“Supporting Military Families & At-Risk Youth”), but it is a flash site on Wix under the name “LP Enterprises,” and is “currently under revision.” A Google search reveals very little. HuffPo describes the organization as a “faith-based foundation” (their graphic reads “For God and Country”) founded in 2002. Their Facebook page (Google cached here and here) won’t come up, maybe taken down for some reason.

So, what the heck is up with this? Palin is not known for making appearances for free and the Pacheco Foundation does not seem to be the kind of organization that could afford her. It would seem odd that an organization which would appear to arrange local toy drives and such would make what seems to be a blazing political game-playing move and then yank itself off the web.

So why cancel the engagement so suddenly with an announcement which sounds like it was written by a rookie spin doctor on Palin’s staff?

It is pointed out in the news stories that the date for the engagement conflicted with a planned NBC/Politico Republican presidential primary debate at the Reagan Presidential Library in California. Which suggests that the Pacheco Foundation may have jumped the gun in publicizing the engagement–and then Palin’s people got angry and told them to roll it back, demanding that the foundation give the bogus press release, forwarding Palin’s idiotic PR stance that she is in mortal peril from left-wingers.

Another explanation is evidenced in a Denver Post political blog:

Further examination of the organization’s tax records show a nonprofit that had barely collected any money over the past five years — raising only $1,000 in 2008 and having net assets of only $2,204 in 2009.

The Palin event had been announced a month ago on the organization’s Facebook page. The $185-per-person tickets had gone on sale Jan. 16.

On Jan. 30, the website offered a $15 off deal. And on Wednesday the organization had slashed tickets in half.

Friday, a press release went out to media outlets to announce the Palin appearance. The Denver Post ran a story about the event in Saturday’s newspaper. Later on Saturday, the event was canceled due to “threats.”

Calls to area authorities on Saturday found that no threats were reported to law enforcement agencies from the organization.

This makes it look like the event simply couldn’t sell enough tickets, with again the same results in how the press release got made.

I swear, if Palin gets past even the earliest hurdles of nomination in the GOP, it will be the mother of all jump-the-shark moments for the Republican Party.

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  1. February 8th, 2011 at 16:26 | #1

    Perfect way to back out with a good face.

    “I was threatened by my opposers” sounds infinitely better than “I’ve got no support”.

    No proofs? You’re joking, right? Since when Republicans (and most of all Palin) bother with something as unreliable and fishy as actual proofs. They would have to say actual truth and suffer scrutiny. No, if they say something it’s true. In their version of the world.

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