“When the history of the Tea Party is written, what you accomplished here will not be forgotten. And the 2012 election begins here,” she affirmed. To drive the point home, Palin recalled the Green Bay Packers’ 2011 Super Bowl win, saying, “What better place to call out the liberal left and let them know, Mr. President, game on!” Politico
It was short and stinging, with the woman of 2010 letting everyone know that she’s still around.
Andrew Breitbart was Palin’s opening act, introducing her in a speech that defended the Tea Party against racism charges, talked about civility, then told the labor activists to “Go to hell. Go to hell. Go to hell.” This is very typical of Mr. Breitbart, whom I have had several back and forths with on Twitter. One of his first instincts when exchanging tweets was to go after my hair.
Immediately after Palin took the stage she started by teeing off on Speaker John Boehner’s budget deal, then kept on going but not for long. This was a quick rhetorical bomb to let everyone know that Donald Trump won’t be representing the Tea Party any time soon.
“Then after some politics as usual and accounting gimmicks we found out — ya know that $38 billion? We’re actually borrowing that $38 billion,” Palin said. “That is not courage, that is capitulation.”
The former Alaska governor also painted President Barack Obama as unserious about cutting government spending. “Our president isn’t leading, he’s punting on this debt crisis,” Palin said. “Win the future? The only future he wants to win is his reelection.”
Does this sound like someone getting ready to run for office or what?
“A pension is a promise that must be kept,” she added. “Scott Walker understands this. He understands that states must be solvent to keep their promises. He’s not trying to hurt union members. Hey folks, he’s trying to save your jobs.”
A pension is a promise… Sarah Palin, your sensible union representative, who can keep unions alive, at least that’s the message she’s trying to float.
But Palin wasn’t alone. AP reports “hundreds” of labor activists greeted the Tea Party rally in Wisconsin with, “Hey-hey, ho-ho, Scott Walker has got to go!” and “Recall Walker!”
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Sarah Palin out revving up Tea Party activists and looking like a leader of them. Shaking off her “blood-libel” gaffe after Tucson, she’s been on Fox, but had a pretty low profile, no doubt hoping everyone will forget and I betcha they have.
Something happened when Donald Trump started sucking all the oxygen in his direction, coming in first in two polls, with Sarah losing altitude. As I wrote yesterday, it’s just possible Trump is pulling her in, perhaps sooner or maybe she saw her chance slipping and it woke her up.
Republicans seem to finally sense Trumps just might mean business (see Karl Rove’s statement) and with his immediate connection with people shown through poll numbers against other unannounced candidates, it proves he just might cause other wannabes a problem, including Sarah Palin.
None of this is good for the GOP establishment or Mitt Romney, who may be the competent conservative, but crazy is what’s selling right now.
Nobody expected Donald Trump to connect. Nobody was taking him seriously. Palin has that in common with Trump, because no one takes her seriously either.