It’s testimony to the value of Main Street and flyover country, perhaps.
“Small town America is the soul of our country,” says Sarah Palin, who is proving her point this weekend by giving the commencement address at Republic High School, in wee Republic, Washington - located in the deeply forested Eastern corner of the state.
There are only 26 graduates in the class, who will gather in the school gym. But that is enough for the former governor and presidential hopeful. She received an invitation to speak from persistent class president Tyler Werner, 17, himself headed off to study political science at a local community college in the aftermath.
“Small town America is our heart,” Mrs. Palin explains in a Facebook post. “These students and this town represent what is good and right about America and the small towns where most of us grew our own roots and values.”
Spots like Republic don’t get much attention from the press or ritzy academia, she says.
“Too often the media forgets its own humble roots and plays the elitist card. Not so this weekend. We are going to congratulate the Tigers of 2013 and have something special for each and every one,” Mrs. Palin observes. “They will grow to defend our country, manage our economy, build our families, and work to achieve each of their own personal dreams.”