The pro-Sarah Palin demonstrators at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds

Objectifying Sarah Palin -- but in a nice way.

While a few dozen protesters gathered along the roadside and near the entrance of the Jefferson County Fairground's main buildings prior to today's appearance by Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin, a handful of others -- like the woman seen here -- were ready, willing and able to counter their negativity about Palin's candidacy with exuberance and enthusiasm. And there were lots more Palin placards inside, generally fitting two descriptions: either standard McCain-Palin signs that echod the graphics seen on television commercials and bumper stickers or the sort-of homemade variety. The "sort-of" qualifier is important, since messages like "Hockey Mom for Palin" all appeared with similar lettering on identical yellow rectangles. Either Republican volunteers made up a variety of these signs in advance and then looked for people fitting their general description willing to wave them, or there was a craft table somewhere in the building that I didn't spot. Under the latter scenario, I hope organizers gave everyone trash-bag smocks so they didn't get paint on their nice clothes. -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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