Palin: "The Tea Party Movement is the Future of Our Country"
by Charles Lemos, Sun Feb 07, 2010 at 04:19:37 AM EST
In a rambling, often incoherent 40 minute speech, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin addressed the faithful at the Tea Party National Convention in Nashville. She covered topics from national security to health care to budget deficits often deriding and mocking the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party though she took a moment to praise Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak for his anti-abortion stance.
In her speech she praised Ronald Reagan effusively on the day that would have been his 99th birthday. Oddly enough, she didn't mention his role his tripling the national debt nor did she acknowledge the erosion of the middle class that began under the 40th President. Somewhat surprisingly, she said her now trademarked "commonsense conservatism" stock phrase a mere seven times.
Still other empty stock phrases peppered her speech. “This is about the people, and it’s bigger than any one king or queen of a tea party, and it’s a lot bigger than any charismatic guy with a teleprompter,” she said.
As the New York Times noted, Sarah Palin gave the lily-white Tea Party Nation exactly what they wanted to hear, declaring the primacy of the Tenth Amendment in limiting government powers, complaining about the bailouts and the “generational theft” of rising deficits, and urging the audience to back conservative challengers in contested primaries. “America is ready for another revolution!” she belted.
Apparently, America is also ready for a martyr. "I will live, I will die for the people of America," she cried as if she were some American Jeanne d'Arc ready to be burned at the stake.
More interesting to watch was the 20 minute question and answer session with Judson Phillips, the founder of a group called Tea Party Nation. There she informed us that the Tea Party Movement was the future of the country. She encouraged people to run for office but I'm sure the irony was lost on her when the "I quit halfway into my term" former Governor noted that Americans have to do more than just "talk the talk but walk the walk." Again clichés aplenty but complete sentences seemed as endangered as polar bears in Alaska.
Asked her three top legislative priorities when the conservatives regain the House and Senate - that's the modest plan in 2010 - she offered reining in spending and then looked at her left hand to read the cheat notes (at the 46:30 minute mark) to offer up the other two ideas: jumpstarting energy projects and "allowing America's spirit to rise again" by which she means that it "would be wise to start seeking divine intervention again in this country so that we can again be safe, secure and prosperous." I must say that's going to be one hell of a bill.
The "renowned Marxist" Dave Weigel of the "socialist" Washington Independent has several more reports. His Twitter feed provides additional hilarities. Dave, I have to say, what ever they pay you, it's not enough.