Back when Sarah Palin was running for VP, I kept reading news stories about how massively popular she was among the American working-class, how she was “breathing life” back into McCain’s campaign. This always confused me, because I didn’t know one single person who supported her. My liberal friends obviously thought she was a joke, but even my conservative friends and my aunt and uncle in Alaska hated her.
Most recently, during a Friday broadcast, good ole Fox News displayed a pie chart illustrating the support breakdown for the 2012 elections. Apparently, 70% of the people polled back Palin:
That’s funny… I’m no math major, but I thought pie chart percentages were supposed to add up to 100. This one adds up to 193. How can 193% of people show up to take your survey, Fox News?
But more importantly, if the liberals I know hate Palin, the conservatives I know hate Palin, and my Alaska kin especially hate Palin, then how is it that 70% of the people Fox polled are backing her for President? Who are these people?
Well, my answer has arrived in the form of a YouTube video. Because Palin has mapped out an all-white book tour that conspicuously skips over most major metropolitan areas, Chase Whiteside of New Left Media had to trek out Columbus, Ohio, where hundreds of white people stood in line at Borders to have their copy of Going Rogue signed by the author. Whiteside had many of the same questions I do; namely, why do you people continue to support Sarah Palin?
Lot’s of people talked very generally about “freedom.” One woman called her a “rockstar” without elaborating, and another gentleman in a Steelers jacket enthusiastically said, “She is the epitome of conservativeness, and I’m tellin you, if the Republican Party doesn’t back her, it doesn’t matter, because she’s gonna get the presidency.”
Err… no, if the Republican Party doesn’t back her, she actually won’t even be able to run for the presidency, unless you’re suggesting some sort of violent coup.
One old man worries that Palin can’t win the presidency because Obama is “naturalizing a lot of the illegal aliens,” who will surely offset Palin’s white voters.
When Whiteside asks supporters what specific policies of hers they agree with, no one seems to have an answer. One woman cryptically says “Fairness. Realness,” another shouts, “Drill, baby, drill!” and a third, more annoyed Palin supporter says, “I’m not sure where you’re going with that.”
When asked what problems she has with the current administration, a woman replies, “cap and trade, and all that.” Then when the reporter asks her what problem she has with cap and trade, she laughs and says, “Um, I really don’t know too much about it.”
That’s fine if you don’t know what cap and trade means, most people don’t. But don’t go around telling people it’s the main reason you disapprove of the Obama administration when you haven’t even figured out what it is, much less formed a real opinion on it, know what I mean?
One man in the video says he’s read Obama’s two books, and that they clearly outline his policy of “Marxism, Leninism and Socialism.” Another mentions that he disagrees with Obama’s support of partial birth abortions. When Whiteside points out that Obama does not, in fact, support partial birth abortions, the man says, “He said he is against partial birth abortions, but he’s done nothing to prove that.”
What?? We are all just a little bit dumber for having heard that.
So I guess there are some rogue Palin supporters out there. The good news is, 70% of 193% isn’t even close to half.