The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, the national trade association for the wholesale tier of the wine and spirits industry, announced that former governor of Alaska, 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate and noted oenophile Sarah Palin will be the keynote speaker at their annual convention in Las Vegas.
Craig Wolf, the president and CEO of the trade association, explains the choice:
“Governor Palin is a great supporter of America’s free enterprise system and understands that industries like the beverage alcohol industry play a key role in driving our national economy.”
Clearly, the newly anointed Fox News contributor is a great supporter of the free enterprise system, considering the $75,000 to $100,000 per speech she enterprisingly charges. But what else does Sarah Palin have to do with wine or spirits? Does she even drink? Is it because listening to her talk drives us to drink? Is it her prior association with Joe Sixpack that makes her seem alcohol-friendly?
Cindy McCain, the wife of her former running mate John McCain, is CEO of a major beer wholesaling operation and seems like a better choice if the WSWA was poking around for a potent Republican personage to regale their members. Another question that remains unanswered: do the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America know about Palin’s sordid past as a scantily-clad endorser of Old Clandathuu’s Best Lager, a popular alien beer?