You heard me correctly. Last week Sarah Palin gave the keynote speech in Las Vegas for the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers Association despite not being a part of or knowing anything about the industry. Personally I find her to be the White Zinfandel of politicians. People who like her (or White Zin) are just too ignorant to know any better. But whether you love her of hate her, you have to wonder why the Association shelled out $100,000 to the former governor for an hour’s worth of rambling that was unrelated to the business of selling, distributing and regulating wine and spirits.
Not surprisingly, she did thank George W. for keeping us safe and plugged the need for using less foreign oil. I am not certain what that has to do with the price of merlot, but Sarah then went on to rant about her support for “deregulation” of the industry which in her words quells the “American entrepreneurial spirit.”
That’s funny. The Wine and Spirits Wholesalers Association actually favors regulation and is one of the most compliant advocates of their own three tier regulatory system. And isn’t Sarah a member of the Pentecostal faith that abhors the consumption of alcohol? Anyway, she pocketed a nice chunk of change for a bogus speech and still managed to plug Ole’ W. You gotta give her points for exemplifying both capitalism and free (albeit oblivious) speech.
Cut and paste the link to hear the whole keynote speech: http://fermentation.typepad.com/sarah_palin_wswa.mp3