I Sure Hope So!!
As has been reported by most American media, and carried live by all the major news networks,
on Saturday night, Sarah Palin delivered the keynote speech at the first "National Tea Party Convention" in Nashville. The People for the American Way called it "A broad, right-wing political barn burner!"
It incorporated Religious Right rhetorical swipes and jabs at President Obama's foreign policy - things the Tea Party movement itself has never been about. But it also included plenty of obligatory red meat attacks on the Democrats' agenda and Obama administration initiatives famously unpopular with that crowd such as The Stimulus Plan & Health Care Reform.
To the amusement of many pundits and casual political observers (such as myself) Palin was seen on camera checking crib notes she had written on her hand as she delivered the speech...
This from the woman who has repeatedly criticized President Obama for using a Teleprompter. (Something that all presidents and serious candidates have been using for decades) Something that Sarah however, much to the dismay of the McCain campaign in 2008, proved to be incapable of reading.
She taunted the millions of Americans who, driven by a sincere desire for change, were inspired by Barack Obama's candidacy for president: "How is that hopey-changey stuff working out for you?" She asked. (Contemptible Bitch!)
Beyond the theatrics, her speech was full of empty rhetoric aimed at capitalizing on the anti-establishment rage that defines the Tea Party movement. It was filled with blatant lies, riddled with inaccuracies and bent the truth repeatedly. (Fox News has taught her well!) But more important than what it lacked, is what it revealed and acknowledged:
1. That the Right is running on empty. They have no ideas or solutions for dealing with the significant problems that we face. Their movement at this time is all about exploiting and inciting the rage of disaffected and frustrated Americans.
2. As the Tea Party movement becomes increasingly co-opted by the Republican establishment, the tea party narrative has managed to become the narrative of the Extreme Right Wing.
Personally I'm fine with all of this, since polls seem to indicate in a general election the "Extreme-Right" is supported by, at best, no more than 23% of the American Voters. So I say let Palin Run! A Palin candidacy in 2012 would only ensure a Democratic Victory.
So Sarah, You Go Girl!
Run Sarah - Run!
- Just Thinking...
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