Palin: Obama's an 'Opium Addict'
Speech at real estate convention does not fly
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2010 10:25 AM CDT
Sarah Palin speaks at RECon 2010, the International Council of Shopping Centers' annual convention, at the Las Vegas Convention Center May 23, 2010.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – If only what happens in Vegas really did stay in Vegas: Sarah Palin brought her act to a retail Realtors' convention this weekend, but instead of giving a leadership speech, she delivered her stump speech, slammed Obama as an "opium addict" (Other People's Money, get it?), and stuck in an awkward reference about being able to replace lost luggage at an Idaho mall. “What would our communities be without our shopping centers?” the Las Vegas Sun quotes her as saying. “Meeting our needs is what it is that you do.”

The whole routine went over like a lead balloon, reports Joe Weisenthal at Business Insider, acknowledging that while star power is the main draw, "you kind of expect the speaker to tailor their speech a little bit to the crowd." Not the case. Complains a cohort over at the Dirt Lawyer's Blog, "All Palin had to do was add in a paragraph about the pending disaster of carried interest and she would have not only won over the crowd but gotten significant fundraiser cash from the industry if she runs in 2012. As it stands, I do not know if she knows what carried interest is."

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May 26, 2010 3:11 PM CDT
I'm flummoxed; why is it that Palin can still spew to a nation-wide audience? Is it the train-wreck phenomenon at work?
May 26, 2010 12:20 AM CDT
oh Palin...a new trainwreck everytime you open your stupid cakehole...must be hard for her kids because they're smarter then her...even the special needs one haha
May 25, 2010 10:46 PM CDT
can anyone smell "Flash and Burn" -- what the media can be blamed for is often letting hot air rise -- but all too often they are there at just the right time and OH what a perfect shot they are.