Scarlett Lady appears at Tea Party Convention for big bucks!
The horse everyone was betting on trotted out of the gate and sped down the well-beaten track at a good pace for about twenty minutes or so, inspired a few heartfelt emotions that sent the frenzied ticket-holders to their feet roaring approval, then sadly stumbled and lost her way momentarily just before catching stride at the finish line.
The event was much-ballyhooed.
Sarah Palin - fresh off a couple of scandals - stridently made her way out onto the stage amidst wild applause to deliver a key note speech with a $100,000.00 price tag at the Tea Party's first National Convention.
And, when you consider the cost to supporters, it was evident - that contrary to Palin's assertions - the high-profile event was not populist but elitist instead.
Attendees paid through the nose ($549 a pop) to sit up-front and egg the tarted-up broad on (do you suppose the clothes were rented once again?).
That, they sure as heck did.
On more than one occasion, a cross-section of American voters jumped to their feet, and vigorously flaunted their approval.
And, at the end of her speech, thunderous applause was followed by a chant that swept all up in the heady moment.
"Run Sarah. Run Sarah. Run Sarah. Run!"
Palin's second bite at the apple?
Frankly, I think she should let sleeping Polar Bears ly.
The perky little bundle of energy started off the night's farce with a round of thanks and got tea party tottlers all warm and tingly inside when she used a myriad of hokey moments laced with soppy sentimentality to lure everyone into the fold.
"God Bless America. It's Great to be an American," she shouted out to the effervescent supporters.
"Do you love Freedom," she quizzed the excited throngs in the packed house.
"I salute all the men in uniform."
When servicemen in the crowd responded with a boisterous roar, she beamed.
Tongue in cheek, the former Alaskan Governor welcomed C-Span.
"You weren't invited to the Health reform summits, but glad to have 'ya here," she sang out like a cheerful little songbird.
The spitfire facilitated all the gimmicks within her greedy grasp to nab the attention of folks from the heartland who tend to wear the old red white and blue on their sleeves.
In a nutshell, the Republican icon described tea party advocates as real people (not politicos, oh no!) with common sense conservative principles
Out-of-the blue she cried out enthusiastically:
"Happy Birthday, Ronald Reagan."
Do you suppose she knows he's dead?
Of course, she would have been remiss in her duties if she neglected to thank the TP's host city.
Nashville has sweeter tea, she teased, after noting Alaska sipped on their own brand of Ice Tea.
Judging from the response of the locals, something mind and mood altering must have been surreptiously slipped into the mix.
Drunk with adoration?
When Palin gave kudos to Scott Brown, she melted into a gooey-eyed teen with a schoolgirl crush.
"He was just a guy with a truck (and a penchant for posing nude) who realized one day that things were not right."
She theorized it was the grass roots route that landed him in the Senator's seat in Massachusetts.
And, shortcomings on the part of the Democrats, that cinched the deal.
Washington needs to stop lecturing and start listening, she undersccored to the hyped-up crowd below the floodlights, with an obvious sly reference to Barack Obama and his methodology.
In fact, she boldly accused Obama, Pelosi, and Reid of being involved in an agenda that was out-of-touch.
"There are big problems around this country," she cried out with passion.
At this juncture, a quiver in her voice revealed that she was - in fact - nervous.
Perhaps that is why she raced through the speech - in a running-off-at-the-mouth kind-of-style - without stressing any of the salient points with a hand gesture, for instance, which may have rustled up a smidgen of eloquent drama often achieved by the greats such as former President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King.
Suddenly, without warning, a lack of reading and comprehension skills interrupted her flow (and crediblity) as she headed down to the finish line.
It turned out to be a dead give-a-way.
For example, on two or three unfortunate occasions, she tripped up when words failed to flow trippingly off the tongue.
In fact, as she attempted to regain balance and composure, it was obvious to moi that Palin was not the sole author of the speech!
Clearly, she contributed a couple of folksy quips, but the bulk of the attention-getter was obviously put together by a clever speech writer out to tie up all the loose strings required to deliver up a neat and tidy package.
The invisible hand behind-the-secnes whipped up a couple of notions that resonated.
For instance, McCain's former running mate noted that politicians with the best ideas, would surely win out.
In that regard, she noted that a candidate should put their faith in their ideas and realize that in the final analysis, the Tea Party was not a top-down operation but a ground-up call to action.
Palin also focused on "the people" a lot.
"This is about the people," she assured the attentive audience in one segment of the speech.
"People have to change the way of doing business in Washington," she predicted for the future.
In a slap at Obama, she elaborated that a charismatic guy with a teleprompter wasn't going to cut it.
In contrast, she hailed Tea Party members who got involved - went to town hall meetings - penned op eds, etc.
Right on cue, she criticized the political double-talk.
Palin thought it disingenuous that the war was referred to by the Democrats as an overseas contigency operation (which sucked big time to her).
"National security has to call it the way it is."
At this juncture, she leapt into full-frontal attack on the events of Christmas-day past.
Security did not work!
Palin got quite a reaction when she expressed her annoyance over one particular aspect in the aftermath.
"Before the terrorist was interrogated, he seized on our 1st Amendment Rights, and pled the fifth," she raged in so many words.
In what amounted to a low blow, Palin hurled a biting criticism in the President's direction, that must have stung.
"We need a commander-in-chief - not a professor of Law - standing at the lecturn."
The keynote speaker sequed into the issue of foreign affairs momentarily, too.
"We need a policy so that we can recognize friends from enemies."
Although many politicians are afraid to broach touchy subjects (which may lose votes) Palin had no qualms stating for the record that Iran should be sanctioned.
The shop-a-holic (keen on blowing other people's wads) quoted Barry Goldwater at one point.
"We're not conquered just by bombs, but also neglect."
American must stand with peoples and democracies which reflect our values and interests - was one comment - that touched a chord also.
"Foreign policy is not about resolving personalities."
How about winning popularity contests?
That is right up the former Ice Queen's hunting trail.
Tea Party Nation!