Whatever political future Sarah Palin read on the palm of her hand Saturday night, the National Tea Party Convention probably isn’t regretting their decision to have her keynote the three day convention.
When asked if she was excited or disappointed with Palin’s speech, banquet attendee Karen Sexton of Tennessee was shocked the question was even asked.
“She’s speaking to what America wants and needs,” Sexton said.
Palin, after welcoming CSPAN viewers who “may not be welcome in those health care negotiations” but had an open door to the tea party convention, talked in her speech about the optimistic outlook for conservative candidates in 2010, for whom she later pledged to endorse and campaign.
Palin did ask that the audience remember, whatever political candidate they chose to support, that the person is human — a reason she also gave for suggesting the tea party not seek to have a leader of the movement.
“There’s no perfect candidate,” Palin said. “Work hard for these candidates, but put your faith in ideas.”
Palin devoted at least 9 minutes of her approximately 40 minute-speech to national security. She asked the president to put forward action, not words, on the area she called “the most important role ascribed to our federal government.”
“It’s one thing to call a pay raise a ‘job created or saved’ — it’s quite another to call the devastation that a homicide bomber can inflict a ‘manmade disaster,’” Palin said.
She wanted more questions asked of the attempted bomber on Christmas day and believed treating terror acts as crimes, not acts of war, places America at risk.
“To win that war, we need a commander in chief, not a professor of law standing at the lectern,” Palin said.
She didn’t let Obama or the Democrats off either for playing the blame game after the Scott Brown election.
“The White House blames the candidate — their candidate — and Nancy Pelosi, she blamed the Senate Democrats, and Rahm Emanuel criticized a pollster, and yet again, President Obama found some way to make this all about George Bush,” Palin said. “When you’re 0-3, you better stop lecturing and start listening.”
Inside the Beltway, it’s easy to underestimate the power of Palin, because that’s exactly where she doesn’t hang out.
“I look forward to attending more tea party events in the near future,” Palin said. “It is just so inspiring to see real people — not politicos, not inside the Beltway professionals – come out and stand up and speak out for common sense, conservative principles.”
In fact, while there’s focus on the notes apparently written on Palin’s hand during the question and answer session that followed, Palin has already moved on, putting in an appearance Sunday for Rick Perry in Texas, who is running for reelection as governor. The Dallas Morning News reported a crowd of around 15,000.
Sunday morning politicos may crack jokes at Palin’s expense, but no one outside the Beltway is laughing.