Palin implies you're not pro-America

The Alaska governor continues to reach for the bottom of the culture war barrel.

Published October 17, 2008 5:37PM (EDT)

Sarah Palin may think your part of America isn't pro-America. She implied as much last night in a speech in Greensboro, N.C.

Palin also made a point of mentioning that she loved to visit the "pro-America" areas of the country, of which North Carolina is one. No word on which states she views as unpatriotic.

An obvious candidate might be California -- a state Palin has campaigned in -- because, as she told the audience, she and McCain have encountered problems enlisting famous performers in their cause.

"In fact, we were on the bus today, we were making a list of who are some celebrity singers who could come out and help us and gosh, for the life of us, the pickins were slim there," she said. "Who's quasi-conservative out there in the celebrity land?"

Palin proceeded to then thank country singers Hank Williams Jr. and Lee Greenwood for appearing on her behalf: Greenwood had belted out "God Bless the USA" at her rally in Bangor, Me., yesterday morning, while Williams sang his "McCain-Palin Tradition" tune in the afternoon in Elon, N.C.

Not surprisingly, the never-misses-a-beat Obama team is seeking a clarification. The subject line of an e-mail sent out by Obama spokesman Bill Burton reads: "Just asking: What part of the country isn't pro-America?"

By Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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