When Sarah Palin was spotted near the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, supporters, journalists, and photographers ran to her side. When it was discovered that the woman was really Patti Lyons, a Palin imposter, the crowd stayed.
Journalists interviewed her and photographers photographed her. Supporters of the real Palin asked the imposter for her autograph and told her how much they adored her. It didn't matter that Lyons was not really Palin.
Even by the standards of this year's presidential campaign, this was a bit odd.
But actually, it revealed a lot about Palin, her supporters, and the state of the far right. A lot of Palin's supporters don't know the difference between what is real and what is false--and they don't appear to care that they don't.
Palin was back in all her vainglory Saturday night in her speech at the CPAC. The adoring crowd cheered as Palin delivered a speech that was full of sound and fury. It was just like old times.
Palin, as we remember, ran for the vice presidency without knowing the duties of the vice president. She questioned the patriotism of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama but openly supported an organization, the Alaska Independence Party, which wanted to secede from the United States because it had "no use for America or her damned institutions."