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Here are a few early reports coming out of Iowa:

Alex Pappas at the Daily Caller:

The former Republican governor of Alaska and 2008 GOP vice presidential  nominee referenced the 2012 election many times throughout her remarks, calling  out the “permanent political class,” “crony capitalism” and “entrenched  political interests.”

“The reality is we are governed by a permanent political class,” Palin said to applause from a rain-soaked  audience in Indianola, “until we change that.”

The crowd at the Tea Party for America’s “Restoring America” event ate it up.  She was interrupted during her speech to chants of “Run, Sarah, Run.”


“We’re going to speak truth today,” Palin told the crowd. “It may be hard  hitting, but we’re going to speak truth today because we need to start talking about what hasn’t worked, and we’re  going to start talking about what will work for America.”

At one point, Palin proposed doing away with federal corporate income taxes,  something she said would create jobs.

“We have the highest federal corporate tax rate in the industrialized world,” she said. “Did you know our rates are higher than China and communist Cuba?”

Speaking from notes, Palin also mentioned how it was three years ago today  that she gave her widely acclaimed speech at the Republican National Convention  as the GOP vice presidential nominee.

And — in a classic Palin moment — she got a few laughs when criticizing  consultants, TV pundits and polls.

“Polls,” Palin said, “are for strippers and cross country skiers.”


John McCormick at Bloomberg:

Sarah Palin, looking and sounding like a presidential candidate at a Tea Party rally in Iowa, left chanting supporters without saying if she will make a run for the White House next year.

““America is at a tipping point,” said Palin, 47. “This is a systemic crisis due to failed policies and incompetent leadership.”


In her 40-minute speech, Palin kept most of the focus on Obama, without mentioning any of the Republicans running for president. Some of her remarks sounded like they were directed at potential opponents if she decides to run.

She cautioned against “corporate crony capitalism”triggered by campaign contributions and called for a detailed inspection of the candidates.

“You must vet a candidate’s record,” she said. “You must know their ability to successfully reform and actually fix problems that they are going to claim that they inherited.”


Jennifer Jacobs at the Des Moines Register:

Indianola, Ia. – The challenge is not simply to replace President Barack Obama in 2012, “it’s who and what we will replace him with,” a feisty Sarah Palin told a crowd in Iowa this afternoon.

“Because it’s not enough –“

That’s when the crowd began to yell “Sar-ah! Sar-ah!”

After pausing for a few seconds, she pushed on: “Folks, you know it’s not enough to just change up the uniform … if we don’t change the game plan.”

Although this audience of like-minded conservatives passionately urged her to run, Palin during her 40-minute speech did not say whether she will seek the Republican nomination for president.

CBS News:

Palin did have harsh words Saturday for President Obama and the direction that she says the country has taken in his first term.

Speaking at the rain-soaked Indianola Balloon Festival Grounds, she said "America is hurting" and at "a tipping point" due to "failed policies and incompetent leadership."

Palin said the crisis runs deeper than the fear of double-dip recession or "the shame of a credit downgrade."

She says this crisis "will relentlessly rage until we do restore all that is free and good and right about America."

We’ll add more as it becomes available. For those who don’t know, C-Span is planning on running her speech again tonight at 8:00 PM


Via Jedediah Bila at the Daily Caller:

Sarah Palin hit the stage in Indianola, Iowa this  afternoon to keynote the Tea Party of America’s “Restoring America” rally. And  she certainly pulled no punches.

Palin took on President Obama’s failed policies and proclivity toward crony  capitalism, stood firm in her support for tea party principles and rekindled the  2008 RNC speech she gave exactly three years ago today.

Consistent with her 2008 message, the former Alaska governor and vice  presidential nominee reminded Americans today of the danger of politicians who  follow a do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do motto. Palin, whose record features persistent  and successful efforts to tackle a corrupt political class, articulated the  necessity of challenging the status quo in order to battle corruption and  effectuate genuine reform. She shared the frustration of many Americans with  regard to business as usual in D.C. Most importantly, she offered real  solutions, including a plan that serves as a stark contrast to our president’s  perpetual empty rhetoric: repeal Obamacare, uphold the Tenth Amendment, rein in  overregulation, prioritize significant and legitimate spending cuts, cancel  unused stimulus money, “own up to the debt challenge that is entitlement  reform,” tap into our God-given energy resources and make America “the most  attractive and competitive place to do business” by eliminating all federal  corporate income tax, corporate welfare and loopholes.

Update II: (h/t Eddy) The UK Daily Mail has a writeup and some great pictures, including the one above the fold, here.

Update II: Media horde struggles to catch a glimpse of "irrelevant" Sarah Palin:

The Right Scoop:

Sarah Palin gave a masterful speech today in Iowa, going after everyone from the President and the Democrats to the Republican establishment. It was a perfect speech for me, especially given that I just watched her new film last night, Palin: Undefeated, and I highly recommend it. She is the real deal and is setting herself up to be the one who will fight for the people and oppose the cronyism that regularly inhabits Washington DC, as she has done it in her on state of Alaska.


Update III:

Scott Conroy at RCP:

Sarah Palin still isn’t a candidate, but in an aggressive bid to lay down her marker in the 2012 Republican presidential race, she delivered a speech here Saturday that was as confrontational toward the Republican establishment as it was aimed at President Obama.

Despite her high-profile endorsement of Rick Perry during his 2010 gubernatorial primary fight, Palin used thinly veiled language to leave little doubt that she sees the Texas governor and national front-runner for the Republican nomination as part of the problem.

“Some GOP candidates, they also raise mammoth amounts of cash,” Palin said. “We need to ask them, too: What, if anything, do their donors expect from their investments? We need to know this because our country can’t afford more trillion-dollar thank-you notes to campaign backers.”

Again and again, Palin urged her audience to confront “the permanent political class,” “crony capitalism” and “the good ol’ boys,” whom she said she took on as governor of Alaska.

“The challenge is not simply to replace Obama in 2012, but the real challenge is who and what we will replace him with,” the 2008 vice presidential candidate said before pausing a full 30 seconds to allow the cheers and chants of “Run, Sarah, run!” to finally dissipate.

“Folks, you know that it’s not enough to just change up the uniform,” she added. “If we don’t change the team and the game plan, we won’t save our country.”

Molly Ball at Politico:

The former  Alaska governor presented a very candidate-like five-point economic plan  based on expanding domestic energy production and eliminating corporate taxes  altogether, along with corporate welfare. But she also pointed the way toward an  involvement that doesn’t involve running for office again, telling the crowd: “Real hope comes from you. Real hope comes from realizing you can make a  difference, and you don’t need a title to make a difference.”

Palin’s theme was “corporate crony capitalism” that she said results in a “pay-to-play” culture of politicians rewarding their contributors with earmarks,  contracts and tax breaks.

“There may not be a recession in Georgetown, but there is in the rest of  America,” Palin said from the stage of the Tea Party of America event in a  rain-drenched field south of Des Moines.

Peter Hamby at CNN:

Sarah Palin took sharp aim at President Barack Obama and at least one of her potential Republican rivals Saturday at a rain-soaked tea party rally in Iowa, the state that will open the GOP nomination fight early next year.


Palin allies had hinted to reporters before the speech that she would draw a stark contrast between her record and that of Perry, an impressive fund-raiser who has long been criticized by political foes of rewarding his campaign donors and political allies with government contracts and posts.

She did not mention Perry by name, but it was clear who was on her mind when she dressed down the current Republican field and questioned their willingness to return government power to the people.


Palin also mocked Republicans who have spoken ill of the tea party movement, namely those who label tea partiers “hobbits.”

That was a jab plainly directed at the man who plucked Palin from obscurity and placed her on the 2008 presidential ticket: Arizona Sen. John McCain, who criticized “tea party hobbits” in a Senate floor speech during the debt ceiling debate.


Palin now heads to the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire, where she will headline a rally sponsored by the Tea Party Express.

Update III:

Amanda Coyne at the Alaska Dispatch:

Many had wondered if she would announce today. She did not.  However, she did dangle clues in front of the crowd. Her speech was littered with talk of "my plan," and "what I would do." Her plan to get the country on track, she told the crowd, was a "bona fide working man’s plan." It included "enforcing" the 10th Amendment and concentrating power at the local level, repealing Obama’s health care plan, and prioritizing and cutting the debt. None of this was new. Palin has spoken all these things in other speeches.

What was new, however, was her "plan" to eliminate corporate income taxes. In tandem, she would "eliminate corporate welfare, loopholes and bailouts." Doing so, she said would make America the most competitive and attractive place in the world to do business in while sending a message to corporations that they "stand and fall on their own."

And the event certainly had the feeling of a campaign kick-off crossed with a revival meeting. Before she spoke, Christian music floated out of the speakers. Jesus’s name was continually invoked, and not as a "swear word," one presenter said. People got soaked and swayed under rainy Iowa sky in this field of dreams so near the center of the center of the country.

It didn’t matter for many in the crowd whether or not Palin actually announced a run for the White House today. They are convinced that she will, and that she’ll let her intentions be known in due time, when she’s ready.

More from Coyne here, including some new pictures from today’s barnburner in Indianola.

The image below currently occupies the top of the page on the Drudge Report.  Although the caption accompanying it makes no sense, the picture is very cool. Kudos to the landscaper:

Update IV:

Ron Brownstein at National Journal:

Sarah Palin offered no new clues about her 2012 intentions, but signaled the themes of a possible presidential campaign at a rain-soaked tea party rally south of Des Moines Saturday afternoon with an exuberant attack on “crony capitalism” and the “permanent political class” of both political parties.

Targeting her criticism toward Republicans as well as Democrats, Palin presented herself as the champion of ordinary Americans against “a collusion of big government and big business and big finance” that has saddled the nation with unaffordable federal debts and impeded recovery.

She directed her sharpest barbs at President Obama, but also fired a clear warning shot toward a 2012 GOP field that she has left open the possibility of joining.

Palin argued that the core of Obama’s agenda was using taxpayer dollars to reward his supporters. “Between bailouts for Wall Street cronies, and stimulus projects for union bosses’… and green energy giveaways, he took care of his friends, and now they are on course to raise $1 billion for his reelection bid so they can do it all over again,” she charged.

Moments later, she told the crowd that they should question whether the 2012 Republican candidates now raising “millions” from donors can be trusted to do any better. “We need to ask them too, what if anything do their donors expect in return for their investments. We need to know this…because our country can’t afford more trillion dollar thank you notes to campaign backers,”  she said.

Through her energetic 40 minute speech, Palin drew excited applause from a crowd of several thousand, whose numbers were suppressed by a driving rain that let up only shortly before she spoke. When she said “the challenge is not simply to replace Obama in 2012” but to elect a candidate committed to reform, she prompted an excited chant of “run Sarah run” from the crowd. But after dropping that hint, she offered no more indication about her thinking on whether to join the race.

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  • M_Minnesota

    Looking at the crowd it looks like a O4P event!! :-)

    Thank you to those who yelled "Run Sarah Run!!!"

  • Eddy   Beautiful pictures of the Governor during her speech and while meeting the crowds.

    • Jasmine Clark

      that is an amazing picture!!!

    • pupzillamom

      beautiful…makes me cry, Sarah with the people, hopeful patriots waiting for her in the rain..this valiant fight for our country. I hope each next generation has the blessing of such a leader rise to serve. God has truly shed His grace on thee, oh America. 
      PALIN ONLY 2012

      • socon

        Beautiful post.

    • patriot173

      Thought the whole CNN take of Sarah’s speech was much better than C-Span which put her in a more shadowy appearance! Who knows, maybe the Cuda is gonna have a new friend in the LSM! Huh? Huh? Maybe CNN is trying to make points with the next President of the USA!….or maybe a scoop on Fox News???

      • stevethird

        Or pick up viewers like me who are leaving Fox on droves. I’m giving them a 30 day time out. Hope you all join me. There’s nothing there telling me that I need to know bad enough to tolerate their profound dishonesty.

        • Dave Dowler

          i am with u steve…fox is not must see TV anymore

      • Dave Dowler

        Fox has really showed their true colors…….It is a great opportunity for SP to reach more people

  • JD777

    Ladies and gentlemen, the next President of the United States…

    • Joe

      JD – you may be right.

      Surprise, Surprise, Surprise:

      This is huge… Darth Vader (and I mean this as a term of endearment) tells Mark Levin that he will support Sarah Palin if she is the nominee.  He is looking for a "Ronald Reagan" type of leader to defeat BO…

      In a word, newsworthy.

    • Doc Yeager

      My New Screensaver !

      Thank you

  • wodiej

    They wanted specifics, and specifics they got.  If that isn’t good enough, nothing will be.  She cracks me up-she’s got a great sense of humor.  Love it!

    • lastarza

      "Poles are for strippers and cross country skiers", I love that. It’s another example of her humor,wit and exposing the hypeing of polls for what they are. 

      • larrygeary

        "Strippers Demand Apology. Say They Will Not Give Palin Their Support."

        • Guest

          What about the cross country skiers?

        • socon

          Wow, those strippers are thin-skinned!  lol

    • generictrainee

      "They" will just complain and ask for "more specific specifics!".

      • patriot173

        Don’t know her name but a CNN  "host" said Sarah was "vague" in her plan! the lsm just will not give the Cuda ANY credit!  Just maybe they will wake up at the swearing in 2013! Come on Sarah run…run…run…over zerO and his hacks!

        • Reckoner_3

          LOL, Sarah mentioned things no one else has …yet they want her to reveal her game plan itself???

          It IS to LAUGH

          • larrygeary

            And watch: One or more of the declared candidates will steal ideas from her speech and start using them as their own.

  • sparrow17

    Thought provoking speech as all Sarah’s speeches are in depth, quality, communication, policy, and undenied bond with her supporters.  We relate with her in many different facets of humanity and especially the love of this nation..  She speaks right into our hearts and knows exactly what needs to be done to restore America to her greatness.  I watched her as she moved in the crowd and saw a great lady that truly loves America and her people.  We know it thus her genuine gracious American spirit resounds loud and clear with all who love God and country.  Run Sarah Run!

    • felizarte

      Her supporters listened to her words and heard them with their heart.   These are the kinds of supporters who would stay for her in the Iowa caucuses and not be peeled away by competitors.  They will trudge through snow to vote for her.  No other GOP candidate has these types of supporters.

      • sparrow17

        So true in every respect. 

  • c4pfan


  • Izzyf3

    Our Sarah indeed spoke truth to power… Gov. Palin in the REAL hope for the future of our beloved country.  

    Barbarians do not fret, she is running.  She laid out her 5-point plan to correct the wrong in the governing philosophy in Washington D.C.  

    May God’s best be hers and her family.

    PALIN 2012.

    • Nichama

      6 pm Fox News:
      You’re not alone.   I just saw Campaign Carl enthusiastically and excitedly jumping on Sarah’s bus.
      Well, well….seems the former mr. snarky has figured out he’d better change to other side.
      Sarah was perfect today.  Pitch perfect.  And the 45 minute meet-‘n-greet……perfect.
      Even my laconic husband piped up, "God I hope she runs".  Now that’s telling.

      • Doc Yeager

        post the link to that interview if you can please?

        • Nichama

          I wish I could. I’ve never posted anything, anytime before that only emails and webb searches. Thanks for your patience.

  • gwspfan

    Fox just continues to ignore Sarah. No coverage of the live speech but if you looked closely you could see Carl Cameron about 4 or 5 people back during the line walk. Looking forward to hearing Tokyo Rove and Toots Morris squawk endlessly about her having no chance now that she is past their imposed 9/3 mark. Good fun in the coming days. On to New Hampshire!

    • Carol Carr

      Yeah, I saw Carl too….He looked lost. Why was he there?

      • ayamo

        To complain afterwards that she didn’t declare … ;)

        • Nichama

          That’s true.  He noted Sarah didn’t declare but that she was sure sounding like a candidate.
          Ya think?  Good lap doggie.

          • rld7

            I hope so! we need her! 

      • Lakerfanalways

        He was probably there to say "But But, the fox news poll says no one will vote for you..the poll, its relevant, relevant I tell ya" LOL

      • TANSTAAFL1

        Honey Bun (Andrea Mitchell) his mentor told him it is great to get on rope lines, then Ambush Palin. After all it worked so well for Andrea the ugly when Sarah Palin snubbed her that time on a book tour.

      • bedr1

        Ticked he did not get an interview he is a weasel.

        He was telling people she was irrellevent

      • Nichama

        I just saw his stand up on the 6 pm et and he was much more respectful and ‘into’ our Sarah.  I don’t think he likes being left out.  He gets it now.  Yes he hears Sarah now!!!

      • stevethird

        Carl Cameron and Sarah Palin….dipstick and lipstick.

    • Reckoner_3

      Here is Sarah Palin’s song title for Fox & Establishment Republican Pollsters "I’m Fed Up "

      by Ike & Tina Turner

      Welllll, I’m sick of it, because I went out today,

      Everybody I met, has something to say

      You got the whole neighborhood, so upset

      Wondering Why I haven’t left you yet

      But I got a day set, that I plan to go

      You ain’t right, and I can’t take it no more


      And Baby, I’m Fed Up with your cheatin’ lies

      I’m fed up with your alibis!

      • John Norton


        • Reckoner_3

          yup! She’s a real talent. American grown! Nutbush city limits

    • Joe

      CNN is surprisingly becoming the most fair and balanced when it comes to reporting on Sarah Palin; they had some live coverage today, and CNN reporters are sounding more respectful and objective than anyone else… go figure.

      • bedr1

        If Rick Perry. Remains in the lead through
        Sept. Sarah will Run. She has always said if nobody she thinks us worthy, she will run. Today she said Perry is unworthy

        • jerseymark

          She is running regardless of anything having to do with any other candidate, including Perry.

        • Guest

          Perry is a RINO; Sarah should run! :)

          • rld7

            Perry is a Muslim/Islam supporter get the word out!

      • bedr1

        CNN. You have to ask what’s in it for them ?

        • Joe

          …Poaching viewers from Fox.

          You must admit that O’Reilly, Hannity, and even Greta get quite tiresome, and in that order.

          • LS

            Fox is nothing compared to the "conservative" National Review.  I wrote a polite, well-reasoned comment in support of Palin in response to Daniel Foster’s write up of her speech this afternoon in their ‘Corner’.  Somehow they’ve seen fit to post 10 comments, every last one negative and sneering toward her, since, but not mine.

            I’ve come across the same when posting to writing there by Andrew Stiles.

      • curth

         Just that horses ass, Jack Cafferty keeps smearing her on a near daily basis. Have to keep it balanced, I guess.

    • pupzillamom

      Good times! Fox who?

  • mimijane

    She was on fire! A barnburner of a speech, her five-point plan wrapped in multiple zingers toward Obama and current Republican hopefuls.

    My prediction: She is going to drag her family and her kitchen table to Philadelphia and announce there on Constitution Day.

    • AmsterdamExpat

      It was an electric performance!

      I could also see her announcing in Boston, first home of the tea party — but Philadelpha on that day would stand out as a very significant locale.

    • juju341

        I think she will have all her family at her Arizona home and that is where she will announce.

    • larrygeary

      She may not have a set date in mind. She’s said that when she announces, we won’t be able to miss it, so I assume it will be something big. I thought this event was going to be big, but it really wasn’t, and Sarah must have known that the way things were going with the organizers. Perhaps she had plans to announce today but changed plans during the week, looking for a better venue. I don’t know what that would be.

      • jerseymark

        One thing to keep in mind is that Iowa residents pride themselves on being a political retail state meaning that you won’t find many very large gatherings during this primary season as they expect you to get on the ground and meet them.  One report said there were a few thousand people and my bet is that there will not be a larger gathering by any candidate in Iowa. Add the fact of the rain and the attendence was impressive enough.

    • rld7

      She has the Lets get America on track speech and she has a track record of getting things done. She doesn’t just say it she does it. We need someone not afraid to plow through and she is the ONE to do it! RUN SARAH RUN! BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT!

  • ernst1776

    It’s was a terrific speech.  Nice size crowd.  Wonder how many folks watched via the internet?  I did.
    And I’ll watch it again thanks to C4P.


      ^^^^^THAT ernst…is the point.
      It almost doesn’t matter what the "crowd size" was. Between the live stream, the LSM and their pundits that were all there, the conservative radio/bloogger gurus and the almost immediate availability of a video of the speech, you know that hundred of thousands of people will know of the speech and it will be the medias talking point for weeks to come.

      • bedr1

        I counted about 2200. It was hard alot if people were sitting in there cars until she came out because of the rain And there was a whole venders midway not anywhere the cameras

      • larrygeary

        For every person who went, many wanted to come, but couldn’t manage it. But the time/money saved by not making the trip can be converted into campaign contributions when she does announce.

    • Nichama

      If you’re more comfortable watching in front of the TV, C-Span will rerun Sarah at 8 pm et.

  • CO2HOG™

    Sarah Palin: If the Left Is Going to Start Calling Government the “Federal Family” Then I Want a Divorce (Video) 

    • c4pfan

      Sarah has so many good lines!  Unlike the other wannabes.

      • indigohl

        Hahha NO JOKE. I almost bashed my head against the wall watching Bachman’s talking point video. . .get a grip and get some substance!

    • My OP

      "Federal Family" sounds so creepy. It’s so George Orwell 1984-ish. I suppose Janet Napolitanio would be big sis, big mama, or something. She’s creepy. The government ain’t my family. 

      • M_Minnesota

        When you try and Destroy God, The Church and the Nuclear Family; "The Federal Family" is all you have left. 

  • Jim R

    Dan Riehl:

    "What Palin did do was use the phrase "my plan," as I texted to a friend at the time. She also laid the groundwork for a genuine conservative campaign plank quite apart from a more establishment Republican like Perry. Based on what I saw today, I’m not prepared to fork up the $100 for charity it’s going to cost me if she doesn’t run. If anything, I may be feeling a bit more comfortable with the bet."

    • Guest

      Only a $100?  Oh ye of little faith… Dan should have bet the farm… he would be a rich man in a week or so. lol

  • Vicki

    head count anyone?

    • sparrow17

      Reported to be over 2000 people.  Great turn out.  Awesome speech. Sure we will get a head count from Palin Team.
      Run Sarah Run!

    • Jasmine Clark

      someone said 4 or 5,000

    • Gelston

      I have one.

      • senator20526

        3,932   give or take a few hundred….

  • Jean_A

    Gov. Palin needs to open up a Presidental Pac so we can start donating.  She needs to start hitting the campaign trail and soon.  The GOP is going to try and shut her down.  She needs to get out there ahead of them.  If she doesn’t go on with Hannity or Greta this month then we will know why.

    She must let us start funding her now.

    • generictrainee

      Then why do GOP/Rove want her to declare early/now? If she’s in the game , she’ll be a protective shield for all other candidates.

    • larrygeary

      No, she doesn’t. She knows how to play the political game, and she’s playing it even now. She has a strategy. She will announce when she decides the time is right. Trust her.

  • Jim R

    The Right Scoop:

    Sarah Palin gave a masterful speech today in Iowa, going after everyone from the President and the Democrats to the Republican establishment. It was a perfect speech for me, especially given that I just watched her new film last night, Palin: Undefeated, and I highly recommend it. She is the real deal and is setting herself up to be the one who will fight for the people and oppose the cronyism that regularly inhabits Washington DC, as she has done it in her on state of Alaska.

    I do think she is running and have never been more sure of it than I am now. Enjoy the speech via C4P:

  • Cathy

    Enjoyed Sarah’s speech!  Just enough Palin humor to entertain the crowd, but for the most part, a very thoughtful speech, laying out a good workable plan to start the country’s restoration.  

  • cuatrocinco45

    Another fun Perry factoid.  He always talks about how many jobs have been created in TX.  He doesn’t talk about how many have been lost.  TX had the highest increase in the number of unemployed in the country last year.  Was one of a minority of states that actually increased the # of unemployed over the past year instead of decreasing.

    And TX had a good economy long before Perry.  It was doing great under Gov Bush.  In his 6 years it was 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd in the country in the job creation per year.  Bush took office and and we barely added any jobs his first term, then did a meager addition his 3nd before falling into the worst recession in 75 years.  Bush added tons of jobs as TX Gov, meant nothing when it came to how he did as President.

    • J Sawyer

      And aren’t a lot of the jobs he is claiming government sector jobs?

      • ljmesq

        Yes.  In the last three years, Texas lost 40,000 private sector jobs.  But added 115,000 public sector jobs.  Many of them Federal jobs.  You don’t cut costs and government size by adding public sector jobs.  Perry is not the fiscal conservative he would have us believe he is.

  • kyslim

    If this was Obama’ the stage would have been filled up with telleprompters.

    • Been_There_BT

      The teleprompters are very loyal, they attend everyone of his appearances even when he speaks with school children!

  • Jim R

    Scott Conroy: "Palin Sends Shot Across GOP Field’s Bow in Fiery Iowa Speech"

    Which of course is why Ace of Spades didn’t like it

    In part:

    Sarah Palin still isn’t a candidate, but in an aggressive bid to lay down her marker in the 2012 Republican presidential race, she delivered a speech here Saturday that was as confrontational toward the Republican establishment as it was aimed at President Obama.

    Despite her high-profile endorsement of Rick Perry during his 2010 gubernatorial primary fight, Palin used thinly veiled language to leave little doubt that she sees the Texas governor and national front-runner for the Republican nomination as part of the problem.

    • Jim R

      "….somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 people appeared to be on hand for the outdoor event, likely the largest that the nation’s first voting state has seen so far this year."

      • Jasmine Clark

        i think even more people came in before she spoke.

        • Jim R

          I was actually intrigued with Conroy’s statement that this was likely the largest outdoor campaign event in Iowa this year – and for an undeclared candidate at that.   

        • J Sawyer

          ABC was claiming only 500 at 1:15.  Sounded iffy.

          • John_Frank

            The Des Moines Register gave a crowd estimate of between 1,500 – 4,000.

        • Guest

          I was there.  It’ was more than 2k.  As others have stated, many waited in their cars until Sarah spoke.  I’d say about 3k.  Not bad considering the weather, football and holiday weekend.

    • Rodney Johnson

      Ace didn’t like it? So, he’s all fine with how things are being done? One thing for Sarah Palin, she helps bring out some people’s true colors. 

      There was nothing, not to like, about that speech. Let me guess because it was not filled with a bunch of technical talk and plainly spoken it did not sound "smart" or some such baloney.

  • c4pfan

    So, has the ass Crow said anything yet?

    • Been_There_BT

      I just saw one and he said; "caw-aw-ah – sh_t!" then flew in the direction of Texas:) 

    • Don B


    • irishlaura

      Before the event began, Crow came out on stage and introduced himself. No one clapped.

    • Guest

      Quote the raven…NEVERMORE.

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