Hockey Moms" were out in force for Sarah Palin last night...at least that's the impression the Republicans wanted you to have. Last night, I went to the Republican National Convention mainly to see how it differed from festivities in Denver, and boy was it different. Probably one of the most notable things was the Republican use of "handmade" signs. You couldn't enter the Xcel Center with a handmade sign, but that's ok...when you got inside and got to a seat, there were handmade signs waiting for you. . Interestingly, on either side of the arena, the signs were identical. As festivities began, I noticed the presence of "Hockey Moms for Palin" signs scattered in two strategic spots in the convention hall. They were placed only in the line of sight of television cameras. I'm sure it was only a coincidence that when Sarah Palin mentioned she was a hockey mom, those with the signs "went crazy," thereby opening the opportunity for Palin to make a little joke:
At the end of the day, it's an act of desperation, and frankly, insulting. There wasn't a "Step-mom's for Cindy" sign sitting anywhere around, a sign that perhaps would have appealed to me...is that because we don't want to remind voters that families are broken...including the McCain family? Are Hockey Moms more American than Step-moms? That's what it felt like. And what's with the classifications of motherhood anyway?