by Kevin Allman
A few images from the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, held at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans Apr. 8-11 -- taken in the audience, backstage, and outside:
Backstage: Bumpersticker swag for sale.
This delegate and Sarah Palin lookalike was turning heads in the audience. From a short distance away, you could swear it was Palin.
Backstage: An upbeat sign.
This fellow was from Conservatives 4 Palin...
...and this was the back of his shirt, which had been signed by Sarah Palin.
Mitt Romney was not on hand, but Evangelicals for Mitt, a support group, was there handing out pink piggy banks and free copies of Romney's book No Apology.
A booth by 2 Million for Marriage, which is seeking two million signatures on a petition to "STOP President Obama and Congress from repealing the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your signature will let our nation's leaders know that you believe marriage is between a man and woman only."
Palin left the Hilton Riverside by a side entrance, catching a few people there by surprise and delighting them. She posed for a few pictures (this woman looked stunned to be in Palin's presence) until word spread and dozens of people began pouring out of the hotel to see her.
Sarah Palin: the megawatt smile, the red suit, the avid fans, the cameras, the security detail ... the brand.