Even though Palin quit the governor of Alaska gig in 2008, last night Mayor of Washington, Illinois, Gary Manier introduced Palin to the over one thousand giddy people who attended the dinner at Washington Five Points as the Governor.
Although the event was held up to be a fundraiser for the Washington Area Community Center and for youth scholarships, the comments that Mayor Manier made when giving Palin the key to the City, indicates that he is a true fan and supporter of the ideals the "Governor" is spewing.
I suppose bringing Palin to town under the guise of a fundraiser and having people think they are so desperate for funding for their schools, they would do anything, even stoop so low as to bring in Palin, is better than admitting he would bring the hatemonger to town just because he and his constituents are fans.
Either way, the fact that he felt so comfortable openly swooning over her is a sad commentary on the region in which we live. A thriving tea party and now this. Ugh.