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"Next month's Tea Party National Convention has been making news for the fat fee Sarah Palin is commanding -- $100,000, according to many reports. But the gathering, to be held at Nashville's Opryland Hotel, is interesting for another reason as well: It marks the attempt of the old-school Christian right to take over the tea-party movement. Speakers joining Palin include Rick Scarborough, Roy Moore, and Joseph Farah, men who are radical even by religious-right standards. Their presence shows that the tea-party movement is no longer merely populist, libertarian, or anti-government, if it ever was. It is theocratic."

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fat fee Sarah Palin is commanding -- $100,000,



Explaining her decision to speak at this weekend’s for-profit tea party event, Ms. Palin, the popular but often polarizing ex-vice presidential candidate, says in a USA Today column today that ”it’s important to keep faith with people who put a little bit of their faith in you.”

Palin writes she thought “long and hard” about the decision to headline the $349-a-plate lobster dinner after others like Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) of Minnesota pulled out citing questions brought up by the House Ethics Committee over the Tea Party Nation’s for-profit status.

Palin is set to receive a $100,000 speaker's fee, but she writes that “any compensation for my appearance will go right back to the cause.” It’s likely to go to SarahPAC, her political action committee, which, among other things, is helping "tea party" backed Senate candidate Rand Paul in Kentucky.
Clinton makes two or three times that amount for speaking engagements. Is making money for speaking wrong?

Also, keep in mind that the Opryland Hotel is incredibly expensive. It's one of the best venues in the area for a convention, but it's also pricey. The folks who are investing the money to put on the convention need to make a profit, just like every other convention.

I'm not a fan of some of the speakers, but to say that it is somehow a theocratic movement now just because of a couple of the speakers is a stretch.
Again, Palin is either "with it" or not.
If she REALLY wants to back up all of the mouthing that she has done, then WHY...for God's sake, charge $100,000 to appear?
For a cause SHE has championed?
Given, if she had expenses...then charge those expenses.
If she really believes in what she preache's WHY charge this ridiculous amount...to "Get the message" across that she is supposed to represent?
All I see is "opportunist"...
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Originally posted by CageTheElephant:
Again, Palin is either "with it" or not.
If she REALLY wants to back up all of the mouthing that she has done, then WHY...for God's sake, charge $100,000 to appear?
For a cause SHE has championed?
Given, if she had expenses...then charge those expenses.
If she really believes in what she preache's WHY charge this ridiculous amount...to "Get the message" across that she is supposed to represent?
All I see is "opportunist"...


I am sure Al Gore gets paid to preach his lies about global warming whats is the difference?
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Again, Palin is either "with it" or not.
If she REALLY wants to back up all of the mouthing that she has done, then WHY...for God's sake, charge $100,000 to appear?
For a cause SHE has championed?
Given, if she had expenses...then charge those expenses.
If she really believes in what she preache's WHY charge this ridiculous amount...to "Get the message" across that she is supposed to represent?
All I see is "opportunist"...


Simple, because someone will pay it.

Why do bands charge $50, $100, or even more for a concert ticket. Because someone will pay it. What is she supposed to do, turn down $100,000?

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