But the real excitement in the crowd in the Xcel Energy Center came as soon as Palin said of herself, “And I’ve learned quickly these past few days that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.”
Members of the Tennessee and Illinois delegations stood up and turned around to face the NBC booth a few feet behind them and started jeering and pointing their fingers at NBC’s Tom Brokaw, who genially smiled back.
A spontaneous expression of rage! Wow, that Sarah Palin is one magical pitbull.
The remarkable thing about this is that it exactly re-enacted what happened in 1964 (the year Palin was born) at the Republican convention in San Francisco. (Had some Republicans read the old newspaper clips?)
Exact replay of 1964 convention
At that 1964 convention, GOP nominee Barry Goldwater’s supporters burst into a spontaneous anti-news media demonstration on the convention floor when former President Dwight Eisenhower gave a speech urging them to “scorn the divisive efforts of those outside our family — including sensation-seeking columnists and commentators who couldn’t care less about the good of our party.” Goldwater delegates shook their fists in anger at the television anchormen up in the glassed-in booths above the convention floor.
“There was considerable amount of hostility from the media against Barry Goldwater,” recalled California delegate Dr. Tirso Del Junco, 83, who was at that 1964 convention (his first) and has attended every Republican convention since then.
Oh, I see.