Is the Palin-grip on America waning?

Sarah Palin protester
The extreme Right’s media celebrity and half-term Governor Sarah Palin is perhaps losing her grip on the hearts and minds of her humble followers. While she and her daughter attempt to solidify their superstar status with actual trademark applications for their names, the dynamic duo is losing momentum as their once-adoring public seems to be sidestepping their notoriety for other news.

While avid fans of stupidity-TV hit “Dancing With The Stars” have execrated Bristol’s drawn-out “performance” on the show as an obvious ratings-booster publicity stunt by the network, the younger (and very undeservingly well-paid) Palin is delegating her time to acting as spokesperson and advocate for abstinence before marriage while using her own teen pregnancy/parenthood as a “what not to do” handbook.

Cashing in on her own “mistakes”, Bristol charges a rather handsome sum of money to speak at youth-oriented events on the virtues of abstinence and making better life choices. But, it seems that her own inexperience as well as backlash against the ideology behind her soon-to-be-trademarked surname are each working against her.

For instance, late last month, Bristol Palin was slated to speak – for a hefty $20,000 price tag – at Washington University in St. Louis to a crowd of college students on the subject of pre-marriage abstinence. Washington U. students apparently felt the price-tag was way too high for someone who a.) has no experience with college, and b.) has no experience with abstinence and in turn staged a protest.

After a chime-in of support via Twitter  from “Private Practice” star Kate Walsh, the university canceled Bristol’s engagement in a decision that Scott Elmann, the president of the school’s Advisory Committee, not-surprisingly claimed was “100 percent mutual” between the two parties (yeah, right).

As for “Mama-Grizzly” herself, things get a little more complex.

Perhaps in yet another effort that screams “Look at me! Look at me! I’m relevant!” after her canceled-debacle of a one-season-wonder reality show (“Sarah Palin’s Alaska”) as well as an all-out media confrontation of her ludicrous, online verbal attacks in the wake of the Gabrielle Giffords shootings, Sarah Palin’s camp is insisting that her own “thanks, but no thanks” appearance cancellation was due to – get this – “violent rhetoric” against her.

Claiming an “onslaught of personal attacks”, the Colorado nonprofit Sharon K. Pacheco Foundation on Saturday announced it was canceling a scheduled May appearance in Glendale by Sarah Palin at the organization’s highly-touted May 2 Patriots & Warriors Gala at which the potential Republican presidential candidate was to be the keynote speaker.

“Due to an onslaught of personal attacks against Gov. Palin and others associated with her appearance, it is with deep sadness and disappointment that, in the best interest of all, we cancel the event for safety concerns,” according to a press release from the Foundation.

However, the very same press release states that no “direct threats have been made against anyone”, however, they felt the need to cancel Palin’s speech due to a “recent increase in negative rhetoric against the former Alaska governor [that] raises concern for her safety and the safety of others.”

Coincidentally, though, the event – which was intended to raise money for military familes – just wasn’t pulling in adequate ticket sales prior to Palin’s dismissal. The Pacheco organization – which has yet to raise anything above $3,000 for military families – continually slashed prices to drum up a crowd for poor Palin.

Announced nearly a month ago, ticket prices for the event were initially set at $185-per-person. Not even two weeks later, the Pacheco website begin offering buyers a $15 off deal. And last week, prices were slashed in half.

Still not hitting its numbers, the Pacheco Foundation subsequently canceled the event last weekend along with Mrs. Palin’s booking. However, to save face and perhaps fire up their base against some imaginary, radical Leftist threat, they claimed to cancel the  event due to “threats” against Palin. The Pacheco organization still plans to host the event at some point in the future – but this time featuring a different speaker.

Again, though, as clearly stated in the organization press release, no specific threats had even been made against Palin or her supporters. Instead, her engagement was canceled, officially, “due to negative rhetoric” that was obviously affecting ticket sales.

But on a flip side, is the Palin camp perhaps showing their Presidential-hopeful hand too early by they themselves canceling her scheduled keynote?

The now-canceled Pacheco event just so happened to be scheduled on the same day as the upcoming Republican Presidential Candidates debate. Palin, who caught some grief over a handful of not-well-thought-out endorsements and commentary during the November 2010 elections, has recently been forced to be on the defensive against a few fellow Right-wing cohorts who view her “party polarization” as an extreme liability for the upcoming 2012 race for the White House. But is that enough to stop her for making a bid for President? Will her then-remaining base opt to vote-in a certified, trademarked celebrity?

The debate, scheduled to be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California (we all know how much Palin *hearts* Reagan), just might be the official kickoff of the Palin for President media blitz.

In which case, to hell with raising money for military families – Mama Grizzly’s got some bigger salmon to broil.