Monday, October 13, 2008

Hockey Mum

(Photo from the Philadelphia Inquirer)

The short of it is Philly is great!
The details of a VP candidate's visit to the City of Brotherly Love for a Flyers game are as follows.

She was booed. (from the article) " At times, Republicans attending the event and protesters confronted one another.

"They are hooligans," said Bucks County restaurateur and McCain supporter Andrew Abruzzese, after he flashed a peace sign at protesters, who responded with raised middle fingers. Another Republican complained of being jostled.

Of Palin's rise from PTA activist to City Council to mayor to governor to vice presidential candidate, Abruzzese said: "You couldn't get a more natural progression than that."

Several Republican attendees complained of the protesters' vulgarity, especially in light of recent criticism of the behavior of people at McCain-Palin rallies.

Outside on Broad Street, waiting for Palin to leave, one man was heard saying: "Let's stone her, old school.
" Under the Phlyers owner's, Ed Snider, orders the booing was deliberately drowned out by loud music. Mr. Snider is a staunch Palin supporter, leaning somewhat right of Attila the Hun.

But, Philadelphians, exercising their Freedom of Speech and their lungs let Palin have it, sending a not overly subtle message to the Phlyers's owner that they weren't pleased about politics being brought into the hockey season opening day ceremony. Political divides were set by where you sat, it seems. The soon to be renamed Wachovia center became the Roman Coliseum for one night. Should Palin be thrown to the wolves? The fans decided quite loudly that the answer was "Yes".

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