Thursday, October 9, 2008
Uh-Oh, Did Anyone Warn Sarah About Philadelphia Fans?
No question, Sarah Palin is one tough Hockey Mom.
No question, Philadelphia Flyers fans are one tough Hockey mob.
What will happen when the two forces meet on Saturday?
Sarah Palin has agreed to drop the ceremonial first puck at the home opener of the Philadelphia Flyers Hockey game.
When Palin was in Philadelphia two weeks ago to attend a private debate watching party at the Irish Pub in Center City Philadelphia, Flyers owner Ed Snider was one of those in attendance.
Now on the face of it, it is a cute idea. The self-proclaimed Hockey Mom, who has captured the attention of the world, dropping the first puck at a Hockey Game. Or as Ed Snider said, "We are very excited she has accepted our offer and we are very proud of the publicity she is generating for hockey moms and the sport of hockey."
The big question is how will the Philadelphia Flyers fans react?
Philadelphia Fans, you may have heard, are a vocal bunch. They have pelted Santa Claus with snowballs and booed the Easter Bunny. In fairness, they were not at a Flyers game. But in an emotionally divisive political year, boos are always possible in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania will be getting a lot of attention from both campaigns over the next few weeks. It is the one big state that went Democrats in the last two elections, that McCain/Palin think they can steal this year.
Obama did not help himself by calling the working class people of Pennsylvania, "bitter people who cling t their guns and religion."
The polls show the race is a dead heat in Pennsylvania.
Barack Obama will be in Philadelphia again tomorrow. He was in the suburbs over the weekend. Springsteen held a free concert for Obama on the Ben Franklin Parkway on Saturday. And McCain and Palin were in the steel town of Bethlehem yesterday. That was McCain's 14th visit to the state.
Hillary and Bill Clinton will be in Scranton on Saturday and Joe Biden will campaign twice in the Philadelphia area on Monday.
But Palin at a Hockey game?
It is unusual for a team to show support for a candidate. Flyers management claims they are not, even though Snider gave $25 thousand to the McCain campaign.
Some Flyers season ticket holders have already expressed displeasure at making their game a political event.
Lets just hope they don't take it out on Sarah. Because I have been at the Wachovia Center and when they boo, it can be deafening.
My guess is that most fans will be polite and applaud. At worst, some will sit on their hands. The boos will be few and drowned out.
By the way, it is ironic that Wachovia Bank, one of the banks in trouble in the current financial crisis, has the naming rights to the arena.
Maybe it is an appropriate place to bring a campaign after all.