Palin look-a-like sets CPAC abuzz
February 11th, 2011
02:56 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin look-a-like sets CPAC abuzz

Washington (CNN) - Did Sarah Palin make the trip from Wasilla, Alaska to Washington, DC for the Conservative Political Action Conference after all?

No. But Palin impersonator Patti Lyons convinced more than a few young conservatives she did.

Lyons, who has Palin's look nailed down and calls herself "the world's premier Sarah Palin impressionist," sauntered around the conference of conservative activists commanding all the attention the real Palin would - hounded by television cameras, curious reporters, and some excited attendees who thought Lyons was the real deal.

At one moment Friday morning, Lyons – err, Palin – was swarmed by scores of college-age Republicans as Mitt Romney – the real one - was speaking in the ballroom fifty feet away. When it was apparent Lyons was in fact not the real Palin, many wanted her autograph anyway.

Speaking to CNN, Lyons wouldn't reveal her actual political leanings, saying they tend to vary depending on the type of event she attends.

The real Palin informed organizers last week she was not able to attend the annual gathering of some 11,000 activists, citing scheduling conflicts. She had been asked to deliver the key-note address Saturday. CPAC has become an early testing ground for potential GOP presidential candidates.

Filed under: CPAC 2011 • Sarah Palin
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Roadrage

    Ironically – this "impersonator" is just as qualified as the REAL Palin is to run our country (meaning.. NOT AT ALL).

    February 11, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Her views change depending on what event she is attending. Just like the real Caribou Barbie.

    February 11, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |

    Snooki Palin twin for less money.

    February 11, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Mikey

    At CPAC the REAL Palin might get asked a REAL question by a REAL reporter. She would rather answer pre-screened softball questions from pusdo-journalists via video from the distant safety of her living room. Much less of a chance to look stupid, even if it would be an honest stupid. Of course, even her friendly interview with CBN could not prevent he from looking like a not so bright high school student who lives in a cave.

    And by the way, I am not simply picking on Palin. She is an excellent proxy for the entire religious right. The sun comes up, the sun goes down, the tides go in, the tides go out, and to people with a 13th century understanding of science, it's simply a miracle. Shhhhhhh, don't tell them..... heck, they won't get it anyway.

    February 11, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. james Miller

    This one would probably have a better chance of winning the primary

    February 11, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    WOW ........... This Palin Look Alike is smarter than the real IDIOT. At least she said that her actual political leanings, tend to vary depending on the type of event she attends.

    February 11, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. Irma in North Carolina

    Wonder what Sarah will have to say about this. Wonder if she is as hateful and spreads the lies like the real Palin. I cant imagine another set of parents raising their daughter like Palins parents raised her.

    February 11, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    maybe we will like this one better

    February 11, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    These morons are easy to please!

    February 11, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. Mikey

    Oh there is more than one.

    February 11, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Whatever

    Ut oh giving Tina Fey a run for her money!! But does she sound like her?! LOL... LOL

    February 11, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Me

    I'm sure Patti Lyons is not only smarter than Palin but also more qualified to be just about anything from head of the PTO to head of the US>

    February 11, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Tiffany

    Oh my..........

    February 11, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Marc

    this lady is probably more qualified to pres then the real palin

    February 11, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. William

    Gotcha! Careful, she will suit you. She is almost trademarked and a legend in her own mind.

    February 11, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. carlos

    perhaps even smarter than the one from alaska.......and republiCONServatives,what are your solutions,what are your ideas, just bashing does not cut it anymore, show the little intelligence all of you have,because all I have heard is NOTHING, just lies, lies and more lies, the mormon cultist guy is such an imbecile, he could not even qualify for White House janitor.
    And, where is the cryer of the house?????..what about the brownosing cantor, shameful kochsucker

    February 11, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. Seriously?

    She's probably smarter than the real one . . .

    February 11, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Dumbya

    Great! now not only do we have to be bombarded with the real airheads every appearance, but now Clone Caribou Barbie is getting attention too

    February 11, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. Ship of Fools

    ... tend to vary depending on the type of events she attends ...

    Humor like that suggests only one thing: She is died-in-the-wool democrat out to make a mockery of patriarchal, testosterone drenched Republican boys and their toys ...

    February 11, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. Ship of Fools

    One other question I have is: If Palin is indeed trademarked by now, can Lyons be sued?

    February 11, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. tigerleopard

    Real or fake. They probably have the same policy initiatives. Nothing.

    February 11, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. mdn

    Wow! The looks of Sarah Palins+brains=Patti Lyons.

    February 11, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Maybe this woman has the brain power that Sarah Palin needs because looks can only take you so far until you open your mouth.

    February 11, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. T'sah from Virginia

    I betcha she's smarter than the real Palin!

    February 11, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Here are some words of wisdom from two great 19th century philosophers:

    "You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time." – A. Lincoln

    "There's a sucker born every minute" – G. Hull

    This action proved the validity of both statements! These folks believed exactly what they wanted to believe. There could have been a wide screen display of a live event with her signing books in Peoria and some folks would still believe that she was really in front of them at CPAC!

    February 11, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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