Yesterday on his NBC Sunday talk show, Chris Matthews said that “Republicans think they’ve found a pit bull in Sarah Palin” because she spent time “battling big oil” as governor. He added that as “mayor of little Wasilla,” she got “ready for some big fights, a strong female up against the odds fighting for justice.”
Matthews then linked Palin to the fictional union organizer from the film “Norma Rae” :
MATTHEWS: She’s a conservative version, you think, perhaps, of some movie heroes like Norma Rae, the factory worker fed up with minimum wage who did whatever it took, even jail time, to get the union organized.
Matthews then aired a short clip of the film, in which Norma — played by Sally Field — calls on workers in a southern textile mill to unionize. Watch it:
Of course, Matthews didn’t provide any specifics on how Palin stood “up against the odds fighting for justice” like Norma Rae did in the film. But Palin tries to play the part, often touting her husband Todd’s membership to the United Steelworkers Union (USW) — a transparent attempt to fool union voters into thinking a McCain-Palin ticket serves their best interests.
In fact, USW President Leo Gerard said recently that Palin’s USW references do “nothing to absolve Sen. McCain of his long history of anti-union sentiment and anti-worker actions” and demanded that Palin “stop using the USW as a prop.”
Palin herself delivered “non-answers” and “a disarming smile” when she was asked about the corporate conduct of Wal-Mart — one of the country’s most profitable companies that famously prevents its workers from unionizing.