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There were many glowing reports after Governor Palin’s exceptional speech at CPAC 2012. Here is one of them, written by Tony Lee and posted at NewsMax:
Sarah Palin came to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. on her 48th birthday. The crowd serenaded her. And her speech was received raucously, as conservatives saw in her someone who articulated conservatism while clearly — and surgically and defiantly — differentiating herself from President Barack Obama.
Symbolically clad in a bold-red blouse (and not in a pale, pink pastel color, which symbolizes the Republican establishment of which she is not a part), Palin also reminded the CPAC audience why CPAC was born.
“Conservatives wanted not so much government but the Republican Party to hear us,” Palin said, in describing the genesis of CPAC. “At the 1975 CPAC, Ronald Reagan … laid out a blueprint for rebuilding the GOP under a banner of bold colors not pale pastels … And ever since then, CPAC has been a rally for conservative action.”
Added Palin: “Today, the conservative movement has never been stronger or brighter … Yet, the federal government has never cast a bigger shadow.”
But while Palin said Americans were waving a “bold banner that shouts ‘Don’t Tread on Me’” and that “our movement is bigger than one person, one candidate, one party …”, the conservative movement lacks a leader who can not only galvanize conservatives but also attack the opposition while having a record to personally back up those criticisms.
And on a day when Palin reportedly generated more enthusiasm than every presidential candidate combined who spoke at CPAC and owned the room and conference, one could not wonder how many who were listening to the speech were coming to the realization that Palin should be the GOP nominee for president much in the same way the majority in attendance at Kemper Arena in Kansas City in 1976 at the Republican National Convention, in their hearts, knew that Ronald Reagan — and not Gerald Ford — was the rightful standard-bearer of bold conservatism.
Exhibit A: Palin indicted Obama for his “Winning the Future” plan she dubbed “his WTF plan” and his “bankrupt green energy plan,” and said, regarding the debt: “Cut it, gut it, get rid of it.”
Exhibit B: She fiercely defended life: “We believe every child is created equal with right to life,” Palin passionately said. “I ask you to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves … if not us, then who?”
Exhibit C: Palin said she did not want Obama’s economy that lasts and, instead, wanted an end to his administration and false promises.
“He can keep his change,” Palin said. “We’ll keep our God, our guns, our Constitution.”
Exhibit D: Palin’s fiercest words were against the crony capitalistic system of Washington that has turned all Americans off.
Palin said this is not the Washington of our founding fathers and it is “something our forefathers never envisioned.” She said the “permanent political class is content,” and they exempt themselves and play by a different set of rules.
She said the “money-making opportunities” for those in D.C. are endless and they “spread their wealth” to their friends and donors. Palin has repeatedly rebuked and attacked this culture of “crony capitalism.”
“This isn’t the capitalism of free men and free markets,” Palin said. “It’s the capitalism of connections. … This is the capitalism of Barack Obama of the permanent political class.”
She called Washington a “playground of the government rich” where “millionaires are minted overnight” even though nothing is produced except favors to friends and cronies.
“Our permanent political class is content, they are immune to the realities that the rest of us face; they exempt themselves, they play by their different set of rules,” Palin said, before adding politicians are elected by promising more programs and “new freebies and new favors” and government grows to accommodate their promises.
“It never shrinks,” Palin said, in reference to the ever-growing government that “crowds out equal opportunity” and “extinguishes the independent, pioneering American spirit.”
She said politicians run by indicting Washington as a “cesspool” but then, once they arrive in Washington, decide it is like a hot tub.
“Well America, it is time we drain the jacuzzi and we throw the bums out with the bath water,” Palin said.
And then, Palin brought down the hammer. Walked the walk. And cast herself as someone who faced the same problem that Obama faced and took a different path than Obama.
“I came from a state with a corruption problem too — though you don’t make many friends in the establishment doing it, I fought the corrupt political mistake,” Palin said. “Barack Obama used it … he brought it here with him.”
To combat Obama’s cronyism, Palin said conservatives needed reinforcements and the Republican establishment should give the coming reinforcements leadership posts and described why it was essential for Republicans to be united in the fall.
But while she said conservatives and Republicans had to unite around the eventual nominee that she hoped would address CPAC in 2013, Palin said that the GOP nominee must be “strong,” “fortified,” “passionate,” and “a fighter for America’s ideals.”
She added, in a veiled shot at Mitt Romney: “Our candidate must be someone who can instinctively turn right to constitutional conservative principles,” Palin said. “It’s too late in the game to teach it or spin it … it’s either there or it isn’t.”
Palin said the 2012 election was critical because Americans could “look to the old world to see the new world’s future” if America does not take care of its fiscal crisis.
“So help me God, it’s not the future we will ever accept,” Palin said.
Palin will not accept that future because it is an un-exceptional one. An un-American one, to say the least.
“We are the heirs of patriots who cast off the chains of tyranny, of immigrants who braved the seas, of pioneers who pushed into the great unknown, of soldiers who stormed foreign shores, of farmers and workers laboring in field and in factories from dusk to dawn,” Palin said. “They toiled so their children would have a better life. That is America. And that is freedom. And that is why we are exceptional.”
Palin repeatedly said the door was open for a conservative victory, but the door that seemed to be open the widest was the one to her political future as the leader of the conservative movement and as heiress to the Reagan legacy.
Andrew Malcolm wrote at Investors Business Daily about how Governor Palin connects with her audience.
No wonder CPAC saved Sarah for last. And adjourned the conference during her applause.
No one in their right mind would go on-stage after Palin’s political palaver. People who dislike or fear her are incapable of seeing or admitting it. But that doesn’t diminish the reality that Palin is a rare political celebrity and, therefore, an unharnessed power to be reckoned with within the GOP for the foreseeable future.
We’re not talking about her running for any office. We’re talking about her influence, her enduring proven ability to attract and then ignite a crowd — even before anyone sees her. The CPAC buzz was electric all-day. Impatient “Sar-ah! Sar-ah!” chants broke out during preceding speakers.
She has the ability to speak about issues that profoundly bother the audience in common ways and words that listeners instantly recognize and wish they had thought to say just that way. Watch in the video below of her full CPAC speech for how this church-going mother of five mocks Obama’s Winning the Future program with an almost off-color aside. And prompts shared laughter, not shock.
She gets immense unspoken credit for withstanding an amazing amount of abuse and keeping on ticking. Palin punches have power, like her elbows beneath the basket in high school athletic days. One supporter said to me, as if it was the highest contemporary compliment possible, “She fights like a girl!”
Most politicians these days talk to their audiences or, worse, at them. Even the Real Good Talker, who made his name on a 2004 convention speech and has been giving too many ever since. Governing is hard work. Campaigning is tiring, but much easier. So, he has been and will be campaigning, blaming others as usual.
Instead, instinctively Palin doesn’t speak at or to audiences. She speaks for them. She tells them what they’ve already accomplished through the tea party, for instance, and what they can accomplish this year and beyond if united. It’s empowering and invigorating, no longer burdened by the attacks of enemies, she need play no defense. The audience hears that she knows them and eagerly becomes hers. To criticize Sarah is to criticize them.
It’s a refreshing phenomenon to watch politically when compared to the current bipartisan cast of characters trying to communicate publicly in this presidential election year. Fascinating, as on either side the ones who are running aren’t connecting. The one who isn’t, is.
Excerpting Palin speeches loses the flow, the knitting together of her thoughts with the audience’s. Even television filters the electricity of listening in the same room. The best we can do for now is provide her full speech on video.
P.S. After his CPAC speech, Santorum and clan walked off the stage. After theirs, Romney and Gingrich stepped down to shake hands with front-row members for a few minutes. Good moves.
After hers, Palin got a standing ovation. She waved for two minutes then plunged into the audience. Moving slowly like a mini-mob from one side of the vast ballroom to the other to accommodate the waves of well-wishers with hands outstretched and cellphones poised. Some sections spontaneously sang ‘Happy Birthday’ for her. And she was thrilled every time.
Sarah Palin did this for the better part of another hour, longer actually than her speech. TV was oblivious, the crews coiling their wires to go home as she continued shaking and touching hands on the ballroom floor below.
Josh Lederman at The Hill wrote about the audience’s response to Governor Palin.
If Sarah Palin had been on the ballot for the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference, there is little doubt she would have won.
The former Alaska governor received far-and-away the most spirited and enthusiastic reception at this convention of about 10,000 conservative activists.
She drew the audience to its feet more than a dozen times during her keynote address on Saturday.
The cheers for Palin were so loud that they drowned out her remarks again and again. Conference organizers had to set up three overflow rooms to accommodate the throngs of supporters eager to hear her words.
“The president says small-town Americans, we bitterly cling to our religion and our guns because we’re just doggone frustrated with his pace of change,” Palin said. “We say, ‘Keep your change. We’ll keep our God, our guns, our Constitution.’ ”
Almost all of Palin’s address, which closed the three-day conference, derided President Obama with escalating intensity, throwing his campaign slogans back at him with irony and vitriol.
“Hope and change? Yea, you gotta hope things change,” she said.
Her audience ate it up.
Palin painted a portrait of a president who shames the military, increases dependence on the government and embraces corruption. She said only when he is ousted from the White House will the United States have a commander in chief worthy of U.S. troops.
“This is Obama’s Washington. It is not the Washington of our founders, but the Washington of the permanent political class,” she said. “It is something that our forefathers never envisioned as they would have sworn their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor to change.”
Palin lingered in the ballroom for almost half an hour after completing her speech, greeting the supporters who lavished praise on her and chanted her first name.
“He says he has a jobs plan out, a jobs plan to ‘Win the Future.’ W.T.F. — I know,” she said.
Even the disruption of a gaggle of Occupy Wall Street protesters who heckled Palin became another symbol of her overwhelming support among this crowd of red-meat conservatives. The bulk of the crowd immediately coalesced to drown out the protesters with chants of “U.S.A.”
“I say to the Occupy protesters, you’re occupying the wrong place; you’re protesting the wrong thing,” Palin said later.
Palin’s support has been actively courted by the presidential candidates since she announced in October she would not jump into the GOP primary. While her husband, Todd Palin, has endorsed Newt Gingrich and Palin has spoken favorably about the former House Speaker, she has been careful not to offer a full endorsement, thus maintaining her illusive intrigue.
“We don’t know who our nominee will be to come up against Barack Obama and his failed policies in the fall,” she said. “We know this election will be hard-fought. Our nominee must be ready, strong, fortified, passionate, a fighter for American ideals.”
Palin did appear to take a veiled swipe at Mitt Romney, who won the straw poll of CPAC activists despite perennial uncertainty among conservatives about whether he is a true believer.
“Our candidate must be someone who can instinctively turn right to constitutional, conservative principles,” she said. “It’s too late in the game to teach it or to spin it at this point. It’s either there or it isn’t.”
Although lauding the benefits of a prolonged, competitive primary fight, Palin implored Republicans not to attack each other so vigorously that they would do Democrats’ work for them by undercutting their viability in the general election.
“We know that the far left and their media allies can’t beat us on the issues, so instead, they distort our records,” she said. “They’ll even attack our families. Let’s not do the job for them. OK, Republicans? OK, independents?”
And Palin, embracing the unconventional, defiant quality that helped her become a Tea Party luminary, warned Republicans not to take the movement for granted when more Tea Party candidates are elected in November.
Jerome Corsi wrote at WorldNetDaily about Governor Palin’s attack on Obama’s big-government policies:
“Can we defeat Barack Obama in 2012?” asked former Republican governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, keynote speaker at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
“Yes, we can!” she insisted to a standing ovation, echoing a central Barack Obama 2008 presidential campaign slogan.
Palin brought the CPAC convention to a rousing close today with a well-crafted attack on the big-government policies of Barack Obama.
“We are not red and blue Americans, we are red, white and blue Americans,” Palin proclaimed, praising the impact of the tea party on the Republican Party.
“Instead of transforming America as he promised, Barack Obama has ‘mucked it up,’” Palin proclaimed to a packed and cheering CPAC auditorium.
“Hope and change,” she said, echoing Obama’s 2012 campaign slogan. “Oh yeah, you have got to hope it is going to change.”
The CPAC audience responded by standing and shouting, “USA! USA!” and ,”Sarah! Sarah!”
Palin called upon CPAC to come together as conservative opponents to Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.
Characterizing a second Obama term as “tax and overspend,” Palin said this was a future Republicans would not accept.
“Mr. President, we want your administration to end!” she exhorted the CPAC conservatives. “Never has there been such a gaping disconnect between how Barack Obama sees the ‘state of the union’ and how ‘we the people’ see the ‘state of the union.’”
She attacked Obama budget deficits saying, “We shouldn’t have to spend our lives as Americans working so hard so government can spend so easy.”
She earned strong applause saying Republicans have an economic plan “and it’s called the free market.”
Palin took Obama to task for saying small town people “cling to their God and their guns.”
“You keep the change, Barack Obama,” she replied. “We’ll keep our God, our guns and our Constitution.”
She proclaimed Americans will rise up to defend First Amendment rights to religious freedom and Second Amendment rights to bear arms.
She attacked Obamacare for demanding faith-based health providers must offer contraceptive and abortion services.
“We believe it’s time to return power to the people,” she insisted. “That’s where the Founders placed the power, and that’s where we should place it.”
Palin took the Obama administration to task for negotiating with the Taliban and standing by watching as Iran develops nuclear weapons, while reducing the size of the U.S. military.
She drew a standing ovation for demanding, “The first and foremost obligation of the president of the United States is national defense, and we will never apologize for a free world. We must be home of the brave, just as our ancestors fought and died to defend this land of the free.”
Palin playfully suggested that Obama would have plenty of time to mingle with the people, after his first term failed to “stem back the rise of the oceans” and begin a new era of economic prosperity, as Obama promised to do, when running for president in 2008.
Palin asked when was the last time the Environmental Protection Agency prevented Obama from building a new government building as aggressively as it prevents the development of U.S. domestic energy resources.
She declared that under Obama, Washington, D.C., is now the urban area with highest per-capita income in the nation, as Obama expands the federal workforce and the Capital “mints millionaires overnight.”
“This Washington is the place where men and women arrive to enrich themselves,” she charged, insisting that “crony capitalism” had become under Obama the way the Washington-based power elite share the wealth with their political friends.
“Tea-party patriots rose up in 2010 and said, ‘We don’t want big-government and we won’t pay for it,’” Palin proclaimed. “Tea-party patriots are alive and well, and this time we expect them to get leadership positions in the Congress.”
She reminded the CPAC audience that in the final analysis, Obama is a Chicago-style politician who brought to Washington with him the graft and corruption for which Chicago is known.
She defended the GOP presidential primary contest, claiming the competition strengthens the Republican Party for victory in November.
“For the sake of our country, we must stand united – whoever our nominee is,” she encouraged a CPAC audience that responded with yet another in a series of standing ovations.
“Whoever the GOP presidential nominee is, that person will be deserving of our troops,” she promised. “Our vision is as bold, and strong, and free as the country we love. It’s a vision of liberty and empowerment, and we will fight to preserve it.”