“Hockey Mom” Palin Plus Philly Fans Don’t Mix

So the Republican Party though that having Vice-Presidential Candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin drop the first puck at a hockey game in a key swing state would be a good idea. After all, she is a self-proclaimed “hockey mom” and a former sportscaster to boot.

Sarah Palin drops puck at Flyers game

The problem? The game they decided to send Palin to was a Flyers’ home game. Philly fans booed Santa Claus, for crying out loud. And if you are wondering if they were any kinder to Palin, check out the video after the jump:

The PHILADELPHIA ENQUIRER said that Palin was met by a mixture of cheers and boos,” but to my ears the mixture was pretty heavy on the boos. Not that this surprised Palin, who said that she was expecting it:

“The Flyers fans, they get so enthused that they boo everybody at the drop of a puck,” said Palin.

“OK, OK, I’m getting used to the boos already,” she said.

If the McCain/Palin campaign team knew she was going to get booed, I’m going to suggest that perhaps they shouldn’t have had her out there in the first place. Although she didn’t do herself any favors by telling supporters at a fundraiser that afternoon that she would be rooting for Anchorange native and Rangers assistant captain Scott Gomez. Bad move: all politics is local, and Pennsylvania is a huge swing state while New York isn’t.

At least she wasn’t alone on Saturday night: once the game started, the Flyers fans booed goalie Martin Biron off the ice when he was pulled in the team’s 4-3 loss. I guess that Palin/Biron ticket is probably off the table for 2012.