“You ignored us in 2010 but you can’t ignore us in 2012!”
(AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Today, Sarah Palin braved a snowstorm in Madison to give what some are saying is her greatest speech since her 2008 convention speech to thousands of tea partiers. She put on her mama grizzly fangs and tore into union thugs, wimpy establishment Republicans and most of all, the president. Holy cow, she was on fire.
My favorite part is when she triumphantly proclaimed, “Mr Obama! You and your cohorts threw all the hatred and all the violence you could at these good folks here in Madison, Wisconsin, but you lost, here!”
Take a listen!
John Nolte at Big Government writes:
You see what else she did there? Exactly what she did as a reform-minded governor in Alaska. She called the GOP Establishment out for everything they’re doing wrong, appealed to reasonable rank-and-file union members disgusted by their leadership, and reaffirmed her own proud union credentials. Better yet, she also launched the kind of tight, sharp, and articulate attack on President Obama’s failed presidency that likely has the White House — and their media allies — loosening their ties, clearing their throats, and looking for any word she might have mispronounced as an excuse to drown out her appealing message with the furtherance of a cruel “stupid” narrative they’ve been failing at for two-plus years.
I’ll ask again: How can someone so “dumb” be so right about everything?
Here’s the unpleasant sound of left-wing thugs trying to disrupt Sarah Palin’s speech.
“Gee, Sarah Palin seems to have a problem with winning over a crowd”, the poster (main booer) writes.
And people wonder why we call them thugs.
Dan Riehl has it exactly right:
It’s ironic to watch so many so called establishment Republicans who seem to want to be leader of the free world dance their way around the more serious political battles of our time. They criticize, they pontificate, or editorialize, yet from ObamaCare to a budget deal, they’re also careful to not too directly engage. The same can be said of them for what has played out in Madison, Wisconsin over the past month.
Whether it’s talking about death panels, or blood libel, to now showing up in Madison – that’s not former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. As I said to a friend and colleague tonight, wherever the current battle is, that’s very often where you can find Palin. One of the first requirements for leadership is to show up out front. No one will ever accuse Palin of not doing that. Doing so also has an interesting side benefit for any would be leader. When you lead, people tend to follow and support you, even if not at first.
James Pethokoukis, Reuters: Palin in Madison: Veni, Vidi, Vici:
Sarah Palin rides to the sound of the guns. It was a chilly, wet and blustery afternoon in Madison, Wisconsin — one more appropriate for a late-season Packers game than a springtime political rally. The stirring NFL Films theme, “The Classic Battle,” would’ve been a more apt musical choice than Van Halen’s “Right Now” to accompany Palin as she entered the stage outside the state capital building to address thousands of Tea Party members, along with a good number of extremely hostile, expletive-hurling government union rowdies.
In the last few months, political professionals and insiders have been writing off the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate, convinced she won’t run for the GOP nomination in 2012 or ever. Then again, even those GOPers who are running can hardly compete with the MSM’s weird, all-consuming fascination with The Donald.
But all it took was one powerful, pugnacious and presidential speech — just 15 minutes long — for Palin to again make herself completely relevant to the current political and policy battles raging across America.
Lots of great pix of Palin at the Tea Party, here.
Text of Obama portion of speech: