Coalition for Life event a success despite Palin's absence

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 | 11:26 a.m. CDT; updated 11:45 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Members of the Missouri media had received word that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — John McCain's nominee for vice president — would be speaking at the Republican National Coalition for Life event during the Republican National Convention. And, with that in mind, Joe Mannies of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and I had asked Phyllis Shlafley if we could attend. She said that would be no problem ... and Jo and I went to the event to see if we could get a glimpse of the GOP's newest star.