Palin At Tea Party Convention: "America Is Ready For Another Revolution"

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Sarah Palin, in a speech that was short on ideas but big on enthusiasm, took aim at President Barack Obama and the Democrats, telling a gathering of "tea party" activists that America is ripe for another revolution.

Noting his party's dismal showing in elections since Obama moved into the White House a year ago with talk of hope and promises of change, Palin asked the gathering: "How's that hope-y, change-y stuff workin' out for you?"

Her audience waved flags and erupted in cheers during multiple standing ovations as the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee gave the keynote address Saturday at the first national convention of the "tea party" coalition. It's an antiestablishment, grass-roots network motivated by anger over the growth of government, budget-busting spending and Obama's policies.

Palin's 45-minute talk was filled with her trademark folksy jokes and amounted to a pep talk for the coalition and promotion of its principles.

The speech also was rife with criticism for Obama and the Democrats who control Congress, but delivered with a light touch. Aside from broad conservative principles like lower taxes and a strong national defense, the speech was short on Palin's own policy ideas that typically indicate someone is seriously laying the groundwork to run for the White House.

Indeed, Republican observers say she's seemingly done more lately to establish herself as a political celebrity focused on publicity rather than a political candidate focused on policy.

Catering to her crowd, Palin talked of limited government, strict adherence to the Constitution, and the "God-given right" of freedom. She said the "fresh, young and fragile" movement is the future of American politics because it's "a ground-up call to action" to both major political parties to change how they do business.

"America is ready for another revolution!" she told the gathering.

Palin suggested the movement should remain leaderless and cautioned against allowing it to be defined by any one person.

"Let us not get bogged down in the small squabbles. Let us get caught up in the big ideas," she said, though she offered few of her own.

The former Alaska governor, who resigned from office last summer before completing her first term, didn't indicate whether her political future would extend beyond cable news punditry and paid speeches to an actual presidential candidacy.

All she offered was a smile when a moderator asking her questions used the phrase "President Palin." That prompted most in the audience to stand up and chant "Run, Sarah, Run!"

But, given the plethora of attacks that Palin leveled at Obama, she seemed like she was already running against him. And, perhaps, as an independent.

She talked little about the Republican Party and encouraged "tea party"-aligned candidates to compete in GOP primaries.

Palin ribbed Obama for Democratic losses in New Jersey and Virginia governor's races last fall and in a Massachusetts Senate race last month, saying: "When you're 0-3 you'd better stop lecturing and start listening."

On foreign policy and national security, Palin said he had "misguided thinking" and a pre-Sept. 11 mindset.

Her fee was $100,000 for the appearance at the for-profit event.

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  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Feb 19, 2010 at 06:43 AM
    Cheers to the wiser.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 18, 2010 at 07:29 AM
    Derek, the progressive solution is to spend our way out of a recession, the conservative is to cut taxes so people will "spend". The progressive version has never worked, not in FDR and not in Jimmy Carter. Clinton moved to the center. Progressives think the money can just be printed, conservatives know we have to pay it back to who loans us the money. Business starts when someone has enough to open the doors and has a product to sell, not when the government foots the money with no product in mind. Like the shovel ready jobs...once done, its over, get back in the unemployment line. The current admin thinks by spending and creating government jobs, this is a solution. Remember, they produce nothing and have no product to make money, just cost you and me. So when the producers stop producing, the government will run out of money.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Feb 17, 2010 at 06:58 PM
    Thanks for posting the transcript to Meet the Press, I am surprised that it is from a liberal website, I'd figure you would have posted something more right-winged. Anyways, the point I am making is the hypocracy from the Republicans. You made a point about Fox's rebuttle, however, the money the Democrats have sent out was to stir up local businesses, the republicans voted against this. What is the republican plan to start local businesses? I stood in front of an empty business and shouted 'No' 'Filibuster' and 'tea party', you know the words that republicans use most often. I was surprised that nothing happen, the business was still closed after my rant in the street. So apparently mimicking the republicans didn't cause a tenant to open a new business. I guess with a government loan a business could be opened in it.... simple saying 'no' won't open it, so why do the republicans continue on that wavelength?
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Feb 17, 2010 at 06:40 PM
    If you are referring to Evan Bayh, he should have retired long ago. He wasn't a democrat, he was a corporate sell out. I am willing to be that he will come back as a lobbyist. Did Fox tell you that? Ask any liberal and they would have wished he retired long long ago. He is just making a stink where there is no need. Now let me address my question that you dodged: the republicans voted against it, stirred that confused hornets nest called the tea party, got them hopping mad at something they knew nothing about, and now the those same republicans (31 of them) are gleefully accepting those government bailout checks. Sounds fishy to me.... I thought the Republicans were against big government, but they really like taking government money, after they voted NO. Now that sounds like a double standard to me, so why make the big stink about it?
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Feb 17, 2010 at 01:24 PM
    You mean that little story that CNN and NY Post blew up to make it look so bad? I will tell you, you will see far more dems resigning, down in the polls and loosing. I warned you that the sleeping giant has awakened...Oh, Fox did report about Rachael Maddox and this whole thing....Stimulus didn't work and unless you do it every 6 months, recession will keep showing up. You need businesses to hire....that is the problem.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Feb 17, 2010 at 09:38 AM
    And the republicans that voted AGAINST stimulus spending are now taking photos with BIG STIMULUS checks at local town events, touting how they helped bring those STIMULUS funds to their states.....Republicans aren't safe either OSOC, they've just been busted on being a double-standard, like every other politician in Congress and the Senate. It's one thing to vote for policies that help people, but its another to vote NO, blame the democrats and then have photo-ops with the money you voted against. Didn't Fox report on that? Even other network has.....
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 17, 2010 at 08:02 AM
    anon II, the democratic party running DC is over now. With Mark Wilson taking "a Kennedy" seat from democrats, either you have that denial we heard about or medical pot is already legal here in NC. You will find the next election not about Palin or whoever Republicans have, it will be a vote against Obama period. Just like Wilson and elections coming up. Democrats are not all progressive liberal, I am one thats not. Dems are dropping out like flies for a reason, this year with be a republican year. Why? Dems screwed up with social programs and spending when we are in a recession. Jobs are way down, business are failing or leaving due to new tax burdens. Its over.
  • by anon "III" Location: enc on Feb 15, 2010 at 04:29 PM
    Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Feb 11, 2010 at 07:28 PM Web info - Part 2...Fantastic web search,seriously,not being critical.You did a lot of work? Did you miss the topic of the story here ? "Tea Party Activists,Sarah Palin!
  • by anon II on Feb 15, 2010 at 04:12 PM
    Obama has been called or referred to as a Fascist,a dictator,a Socialist,Communist,Hitler,false prophet,the messiah,the holy one, a liar,the devil, Satan,the anti-Christ, Muslim , an Islamism, traitor , racist and a BLACK JIMMY CARTER on multiple WITN post by the ones that "loved the Joe plumber story." Thank you Jo, for setting us straight about John and Sara. K-Tea and hooey must go together like Soup and Sandwiches for a conservative party.
  • by anon II Location: *U*S*A* on Feb 15, 2010 at 03:54 PM
    Joe the Plumber became a household name during Sen. John McCain's 2008 campaign,"I don't owe him s---he really screwed my life up is how I look at it." Wurzelbacher made the comments at a campaign event for state Republicans in Pennsylvania."McCain was trying to use me," Wurzelbacher said. "I happened to be the face of middle Americans. It was a ploy."He went on to say McCain "is no public servant:he can't bring himself to support Sarah Palin either;At the same event,Wurzelbacher made some comments supportive of Barack Obama, saying those who question whether the president was born in the U.S. "belittle and set back" the conservative movement.He appreciates Obama for straightforwardness:"I think his ideology is un-American, but he's one of the more honest politicians. At least he told us what he wanted to.And who repeatedly used good ole' Joe's story to slam the Dems months ago on WITN? TEA,K-AID,Hoo-EE ANYONE?Guess Jo's a progressive Liberal(middle America and a TRUE TEA PARTYER ! !

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