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07/30/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

VF: McCain Staffers Ascribed Palin's Problems To Post-Partum Depression

he crowds begin streaming into the Evansville Auditorium and Convention Centre a couple of hours before the arrival of the "special guest speaker" at the Vanderburgh County Right to Life dinner on a soft Indiana spring evening nearly 2,200 people in the banquet hall, 800 more in an adjacent auditorium watching the proceedings on a live video feed. The menu is thick slices of roast pork and red velvet cake, washed down with pitchers of iced tea, and when Sarah Palin finally enters, escorted by a phalanx of sheriff's deputies and local police, she is mobbed. The organizers of the dinner, billed as "the largest pro-life banquet in the world," have courted Palin for weeks with care packages of locally made chocolates, doughnuts, barbecue, and pastries, and she has requited by choosing Evansville, a conservative stronghold in southern Indiana, as the site of her first public speech outside Alaska in 2009.

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