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Sarah Palin Shilling for Socialist Subaru Liberals? Not So Much

 
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Sarah Palin speaking about Subaru drivers in Searchlight, Nevada, on March 27, 2010

Sarah Palin speaking about Subaru drivers in Searchlight, Nevada, on March 27, 2010

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Usually it's a good thing when a major political figure mentions an automotive brand. Unless, perhaps, it involves tax dollars and automaker bankruptcy rescues, but hopefully we're past that now.

Still, some Subaru drivers may wonder whether they should feel a little nervous now that telegenic right-wing icon and former Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has suggested that her followers should stop them on the road.

Subaru WRX with Obama-Biden bumper sticker

Subaru WRX with Obama-Biden bumper sticker

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Appearing in Searchlight, Nevada (pop: 576), last Saturday, Palin said, "That bumper sticker that maybe you'll see on the next Subaru driving by--an Obama bumper sticker--you should stop the driver and say, 'So how is that hopey, changey thing working out for ya?' "

The remark has been met with a smattering of annoyance, contempt, and apprehension on various Subaru forums (here, here, and here, for example).

Palin half-backpedaled after that line, attempting to clarify by adding, "I shouldn't be disrespectful; I don't have anything against Subarus, I don't." It remains unclear whether Palin felt she had anything against owners or drivers of Subarus.

The "hopey, changey" line is one Palin has used at events--including this one--organized or sponsored by the Tea Party movement.

Subaru, a small Japanese brand, is known for the all-American values of practicality and durability, the all-wheel-drive in every vehicle it sells, and its World Rally Championship winners. About half the Subarus sold in the U.S. are built at its plant in Lafayette, Indiana.

Subaru was also found to be the auto brand with the second-highest percentage of owners registered as Democratic voters in a 2005 survey by market researcher Scarborough Research, also used by the Republican National Committee (Volvo came first).

Based on strong sales of its Forester and Outback crossovers and Legacy and Impreza sedans, Subaru has broken sales records in eight of the last 10 months, selling almost 40 percent more cars in the first three months of 2010 than in the same period a year ago.

Palin's comments can be found starting at 2:55 in the video below.

[NECN, The New York Times; WRX photo via Palingates]



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Comments (17)
  1. Wow. To shill for the socialist Obama, you chose to resort to the racist, homophobic tweet use of "tea bagger" just to smear Palin? The only thing missing is video of the Democrat who stated we should have dropped another bomb on the Japs to finish them and their Subaru's off for good.
    You probably just get tingly thinking about "tea bagging" and Obama and it manifests in your anti-Palin diatribe.
     
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  2. Wow. To shill for the socialist Obama, you chose to resort to the racist, homophobic tweet use of "tea bagger" just to smear Palin? The only thing missing is video of the Democrat who stated we should have dropped another bomb on the Japs to finish them and their Subaru's off for good.
    You probably just get tingly thinking about "tea bagging" and Obama and it manifests in your anti-Palin diatribe.
     
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  3. As usual, Palin's timing is perfect, coming just a couple of days after a right-wing nut actually crashed his car into another person's car because of that person's Obama bumpersticker.
    http://www.wkrn.com/global/story.asp?s=12208009
     
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  4. @Saruh: I am confused by your comment. Can you explain how the nickname "tea bagger"--which, by the way, does not appear in this article--is racist and homophobic?
     
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  5. I've nothing against free speech but this terrorist and violence inciting POS needs to be locked up. I don't drive one of the Indiana-made Subarus yet (though I hope I will someday) but this hopey, changey thing is working quite well for me, thank you very much... now go back to your hole byatch...
     
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  6. John - You don't actually expect them to read with understanding, do you? You're giving too much credit to Saruh's uneducated followers.
     
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  7. As a Subaru-owning Democratic, Palin's snotty comment almost made we want to go out and paste an Obama sticker on my car, which it currently lacks. But then I read the article Tom referred to, and taking further notice of the vehemence of Saruh's response, I suppose I'd be wiser to just keep my racism and homophobia to myself.
     
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  8. I was just reading the other day that Subaru owners are the second biggest cry babies right after democrates. Get over it.
     
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  9. "Subaru owners are the second biggest cry babies right after democrates".
    This guy is obviously a genius. Demo Crates are such cry babies.
    I'd put one on my bumper but i already have an HRC sticker and two hardcore bands' stickers.
     
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  10. This Subaru Impreza owner would absolutely enjoy conversing with a fearful Palinista; in no uncertain terms, I'd let the slack-jawed imbecile know how great all this "hopey-changey stuff" has been for me!
     
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  11. @Sarah - You should read more about what Socialism really is before you parrot the moronic name calling talking point. President Obama and the Democrats are no more Socialist than President Bush was a Nazi. Both comparisons are patently idiotic if you actually bother to learn civics and history.
     
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  12. I wounder if Palin knew the Regan owned a Suburu Brat!!!!!
     
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  13. I also own an 81 subaru brat. No bumper stickers though, it is way to bad ass for that.
     
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  14. This guy is obviously a genious -
    I'd put one on my bumper but i already have an HRC sticker and two hardcore bands' stickers.
     
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  15. Palin is almost as stupid as her followers: She wails about debt and insolvency when her antics left both Wasilla and Alaska with massive per capita debt.
    This lady's not a threat, she's a comic strip.
     
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  16. All i have to say is she is just plain frightening.
     
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  17. @Saruh,
    Among the first to refer to Tea Party members as "Tea Baggers" were members of the Tea Party themselves. Probably because they're so backwards and out of touch with the 21st Century, they had no idea of the slang term.
     
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