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September 9, 2010

WHEN SHAMELESS HUCKSTERS LOSE WHAT'S LEFT OF THEIR DECENCY.... If you don't have plans for Saturday, a couple of leading right-wing personalities would love for you to celebrate the anniversary of 9/11 with them. It's a little expensive, but who among us can really put a price on exploiting a terrorist attack?

Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are appearing together in Anchorage, Alaska Saturday to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and tickets don't come cheap: The Ticketmaster page for the event lists regular adult tickets at between $73 and $130 and tickets plus a "meet & greet" at $225.

The event will also have a "dry section" where no alcohol is served and a "wet section" for those who want to drink.

Palin heralded the event on her Facebook page last night with a message beginning, "Glenn's coming to the Last Frontier!"

"I hope my fellow Alaskans (and anyone visiting from Outside) will join me this Saturday, September 11, 2010, at Anchorage's Dena'ina Center at 8:00 p.m. Glenn Beck will be there - you won't want to miss it," she wrote.

I seem to recall an understanding that 9/11 needed to be treated with reverence, and must not be politicized or exploited. Are we to assume this quaint notion is a thing of the past?

Will Bunch noted, "If there's a contradiction or some sort of irony in cashing in over 9-11, that seems to have eluded the hosts. Palin wrote this week on her Facebook page: 'We can count on Glenn to make the night interesting and inspiring, and I can think of no better way to commemorate 9/11 than to gather with patriots who will 'never forget.' Visa and MasterCard accepted."

Bunch added that this is a reminder as to "why Glenn Beck made $32 million last year and Sarah Palin made $12 million in a matter of months. The only difference is that this time it's 9/11."

Adding insult to injury, Lee Fang noted that others on the far-right also hope to profit from the anniversary of 9/11. Disgraced lobbyist Ralph Reed will wrap up his "Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing" on Saturday, and Newt Gingrich will unveil some new movie he put together on the same day.

It was offensive enough when the right treated 9/11 as if it belonged to conservatives. This new tack somehow seems worse.

Steve Benen 10:05 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (25)

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Tomorrow after work all I have left to do is pick up the 9/11 decorated sheet cake I ordered. I have all the decoration, liquor,my music picked...so I'm ready for my big 9/11 party. Next year I'm giving gifts. I hope you all got my 9/11 cards...I went with funny ones this year.

Posted by: SaintZak on September 9, 2010 at 10:15 AM | PERMALINK

"I hope my fellow Alaskans (and anyone visiting from Outside)"

Nice, coming from the person who divides America into "real" and non-real Americans.

Posted by: Ginger Yellow on September 9, 2010 at 10:16 AM | PERMALINK

I'm sure that was the only available date on both their calendars. They didn't realize when they booked it that September 11 was 9/11. Oh, I be their faces are red, but hey, can't disappoint the fans. I know they will add something to the show that will honor the spirit of 9/11.

Posted by: martin on September 9, 2010 at 10:16 AM | PERMALINK

The right has claimed ownership of flag, country, and the military since the 60s and really since WWII. Remember Douglas MacArthur, Curtis LeMay, Joe McCarthy and all the sundry nationalists and hyper-patriots on that side. Of course, you don't have to look far to find the carnies playing the suckers on the midway.

Palin and Beck are simply the latest hucksters to capitalize off the loneliness and pathos of people bereft of real community. Wave a flag, demonize a minority, tribalize around "values" and feel better about your life if only for a couple of hours. This is Woodstock for people who have confused politics with nostalgia.

Posted by: walt on September 9, 2010 at 10:21 AM | PERMALINK

Where'd they get prices like $73 and $130?

I mean, it's pretty predictable that Jackk Boot and Sarah Who Kills Moose With Her Bare Hands would get together to cash in on the Wingnut National Holiday, but $73? $130?

Posted by: Cap'n Chucky on September 9, 2010 at 10:27 AM | PERMALINK

I guess the meaning of 9/11 must somehow change by the time it gets thousands of miles and four time zones away from the sites of the actual attacks, huh? In fact, by the time things get started at 8pm in Anchorage, it'll actual be 9/12 at Ground Zero...

Wait, maybe that's intentional. Didn't Huckster Beck have something with a 9/12 theme going a while back? Was that before his University? I don't keep track.

Disgusting.

Posted by: biggerbox on September 9, 2010 at 10:27 AM | PERMALINK

"Visa and MasterCard accepted."

That's all you need to know about the Right's definition of patriotism.

Posted by: Lifelong Dem on September 9, 2010 at 10:28 AM | PERMALINK

Wait, doesn't Rodeo Clown have his lame-ass 9/12 Project the very next day?

Posted by: Breezebock on September 9, 2010 at 10:35 AM | PERMALINK

Of course 9/11 belongs to conservatives. They caused it after all....

Posted by: LiamJ on September 9, 2010 at 10:38 AM | PERMALINK

I have a piece of the Berlin Wall I'll sell cheap!

Also, a Pet Rock that was blessed by the Pope.

PYAPAL accepted. . .

Posted by: DAY on September 9, 2010 at 10:43 AM | PERMALINK

The event will also have a "dry section" where no alcohol is served

Nice to see that they're making allowances for any Muslims who might turn up.

Posted by: ajay on September 9, 2010 at 10:43 AM | PERMALINK

"and a "wet section" for those who want to drink."

Expect a very special guest appearance by John Boehner

Posted by: SaintZak on September 9, 2010 at 10:48 AM | PERMALINK

If I didn't know any better, I'd say those two are screwing. Looks like Mrs. Todd Palin has a new boy. Time for a new fridge.

Posted by: doubtful on September 9, 2010 at 10:51 AM | PERMALINK

After worse, worser, and worstest, what is left?

Posted by: Ian on September 9, 2010 at 10:55 AM | PERMALINK
Nice to see that they're making allowances for any Muslims who might turn up.

Mormons, more like,,,

Posted by: Davis X. Machina on September 9, 2010 at 11:03 AM | PERMALINK

One of the things that I respect about Republicans is that they are smart enough to go after their opponents' strengths. They don't just complain about them, they try to turn them into liabilities.

A grassroots organization is organizing voters who will skew towards the Democrats? Take out ACORN. A grassroots organization is firing up liberals and pushing a liberal agenda? Attack MoveOn. A wealthy donor supports Democrats and finances liberal programs? Attack George Soros. Liberals are in the administration, pushing the administration to the Left? Attack Van Jones and Shirley Sherrod.

Republicans understand that even if you don't score a total knockout, you can make an opponent's asset less valuable through repeated attacks.

In the case of Palin and Beck, their love of money should make them easy targets. BTW, all the TV "journalists" from Chris Matthews to Glenn Beck strive to let their audiences identify with them and HATE IT when people talk about how much money they make. Tim Russert was probably the biggest phony in this department. There is no downside to talking about how wealthy they are.

Instead of fearing Glenn Beck, every time Robert Gibbs opens his fat mouth, he should be mentioning how Glenn Beck is hawking gold "which everybody knows goes up in a down economy". Over and over again, make the point that Beck is literally betting on the economy getting worse and doing everything in his power to make that happen. "The worse the economy does, the more gold Glenn Beck sells."

In the case of 9/11, you keep repeating how "for Sarah Palin 'never forget' means 'never forget your credit card'" For once, put the Republican in the awkward position. Make them choose between making money and public approval. Don't let them have their cake and eat it too.

Posted by: square1 on September 9, 2010 at 11:04 AM | PERMALINK

Cheney, Bin-Laden, "Conservatives".. They're board members of the world's newest most profitable industry. Palin and Beck are part of the 9/11 marketing department! Follow the money, smell the fear then taste the glory of AstroTurf revenge with a Beck/ Palin sermon! So much for honoring the fallen!

Posted by: Trollop on September 9, 2010 at 11:11 AM | PERMALINK

Cheney, Bin-Laden, "Conservatives".. They're board members of the world's newest most profitable industry. Palin and Beck are part of the 9/11 marketing department! Follow the money, smell the fear then taste the glory of AstroTurf revenge with a Beck/ Palin sermon! So much for honoring the fallen!

Posted by: Trollop on September 9, 2010 at 11:12 AM | PERMALINK

Why isn't this event all over the media?

This is a fat, sitting-duck of an opening, better than any Michael Steel gaffe, and the Democratic message machine, such as it is, is nowhere to be found.

If any Dems did something this stupid, Stossel, Beck, and O'Reilly would be crying all day on Fox about it, demanding that the President explicitly denounce it, and confronting every other Democrat: "Are you with, or against, these low-down 9/11 shysters?"

Posted by: HydroCabron on September 9, 2010 at 11:38 AM | PERMALINK

Nothing from Ann Coulter on this?

And she is so protective of 9/11, as the actual widows of the actual victims of 9/11 can certainly attest...

Posted by: Skip on September 9, 2010 at 11:45 AM | PERMALINK

I was hoping the last frontier meant they were launching Glenn Beck into space.

Talk about space junk.

Posted by: catclub on September 9, 2010 at 11:47 AM | PERMALINK

9/11 is only has reverence attached when somebody wants to build a mosque nearby to Ground Zero...other than THAT the GOP will use it to get every dime they can out of it. Isn't that what they did with Iraq, Afghanistan, etal?

Posted by: SYSPROG on September 9, 2010 at 12:03 PM | PERMALINK

It was offensive enough when the right treated 9/11 as if it belonged to conservatives. This new tack somehow seems worse.

C'mon, you don't really own something if you can't turn around and sell it. And I think this is just a test marketing thing, selling off a small piece of 9/11 now to see how much they can get in next year's overheated 10th anniversary market.

Who says Republicans don't understand the economy?

Posted by: Matt on September 9, 2010 at 12:08 PM | PERMALINK

Of course 9/11 belongs to conservatives. They caused it after all....
Posted by: LiamJ on September 9, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Couldn't have said it any better

Posted by: FRP on September 9, 2010 at 12:09 PM | PERMALINK

"I hope my fellow Alaskans (and anyone visiting from Outside) will join me this Saturday, September 11, 2010, at Anchorage's Dena'ina Center at 8:00 p.m".......regular adult tickets at between $73 and $130 and tickets plus a "meet & greet" at $225.

Gosh, I remember when us "small people" could just commemorate national catastrophes with political/religious figures without opening our pocket books. And will there be Todd, Tripp and Bristol bobble heads for sale in the lobby? My 7 year old niece sooooo wants a Bristol baby doll.......or do I have to go to SarahPalinWhore4Hire.com to order them?

Posted by: Oh my on September 9, 2010 at 1:57 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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