Monday, December 01, 2008

Sarah Palin in Augusta

Augusta — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin roared back onto the campaign trail Monday, calling on Georgians to re-elect incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss in his hotly contested runoff with Democrat Jim Martin. "The eyes of the nation are on you," Palin told several thousand people at the James Brown Arena for her 8:55 a.m. speech, the first of four appearances in the state. "We all have Georgia on our mind."

Martin started the last day of campaigning greeting commuters at a downtown Atlanta MARTA station, then planned to travel to Augusta and Macon before returning to Atlanta for an appearance at the Capitol with civil rights veterans and hip-hop star Ludacris. Martin spokesman Matt Canter also said the Democrat will have "Georgia's own Miss Alaska" on hand to sing the national anthem at a 5:30 p.m. rally at the Capitol. Atlanta-based recording artist Maryline Blackburn won the 1984 Miss Alaska pageant — the one where Palin finished as a runner-up.

I might be wrong, but I think Governor Palin might be even more influential than Ludacris.  But I love the mix of condescension and one-upmanship demonstrated by the Democrats' showcasing the Miss Alaska from 1984 -- as if being runner up in a beauty pageant was the Governor's greatest achievement in life.

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