You cannot make this up. Sarah Palin, the best-known hockey mom in the United States, gets booed Saturday at the Philadelphia Flyers hockey game. And the game is played, of all places, at the Wachovia Center. It’s all over YouTube: failing candidate, failed bank as corporate sponsor, the kind of anger that cannot be scripted.

The Nation reports that Governor Palin might have been excused for thinking this appearance would be a public relations “gimme.” It was opening night and the fans would be in well-lubricated good spirits. As added insurance, the GOP vice-presidential candidate walked out on the ice with seven-year-old daughter, Piper, who wore a Flyers jersey. Palin acknowledged this strategy beforehand, saying, “I’ve been warned that Flyers fans, they get so enthused, that they boo everybody at the drop of the puck. But what I thought I’d do is I’d put Piper in a Flyers jersey, bring her out with me. How dare they boo Piper!” Well, they dared, and Sarah Palin once again makes her case for mother of the year.

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