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'Run, Sarah, Run?'Posted Thursday, February 11, 2010, at 9:30 AM
While I admire what I believe to be the fundamental principals the Tea Party Nation is glued to, I am not sure aligning with Sarah Palin is in its best interest.
I took time out of last weekend to watch Palin's speech at the first Tea Party Convention, which took place in Nashville, Tenn.
Palin was the convention's keynote speaker and was paid well to ignite the souls who attended.
At one point, people starting chanting, "Run, Sarah, Run," referring to a possible presidential run in 2012.
Also, convention organization Judson Phillips, referred to her as "President Palin."
But is this the best option? Is this the right direction? I'm not so sure.
First off, this is a person who -- during her first term as governor of the state of Alaska -- quit.
When she made the announcement that she was resigning, she said she thought about lame duck governors and how she didn't want to put her state through that.
She hadn't even finished her first term.
Secondly, most of the time when she speaks, she is quick to criticize. But, I have yet to hear her discuss any solutions.
Seems to me she's only interested in stirring the pot rather than taking it off the burner.
During Saturday's speech, she mocked current President Barack Obama's "Hope and Change" platform, asking those in attendance, "How's that hope-y, change-y stuff workin' out for you?"
I don't believe that ripping apart the possibility of hope and change is the way to move forward.
This leads me back to what I said at the beginning of this piece: The Tea Party Nation and its principals.
I think Abraham Lincoln said it best in the Gettysburg Address, when he stated, "government of the people, by the people, and for the people..."
This is what, I believe, the Tea Party believes in and it's what every American should believe in. I believe that our current president believes this as well.
Although I did not vote for George W. Bush, as our president, he deserved my respect.
And he had that respect until he said he had gained "political capital," after defeating John Kerry in the 2004 election and that he intended to "spend it."
It seemed rather arrogant to me.
In contrast, Barack Obama has been in office for a little more than one year. Apparently, in just that one year, this administration was expected to turn water into wine.
Change was expected to take place immediately. For problems that have existed far longer than just eight years.
Change of this magnitude doesn't happen overnight.
During her speech, Palin wasted no time taking pot shots at Obama, which was -- more than likely -- an attempt to get a rise out of the crowd.
It should be noted that others have mocked Palin this week since it became known she had written notes on her hand while at the convention.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs mocked Palin. In a press conference, Gibbs had written notes on his hand, which I also believe is wrong. As it was wrong with MSNBC reporter Andrea Mitchell did the same on air.
Honestly, who cares?
But Palin is not stupid. She is very smart. She has fashioned herself into this current position.
Still,I don't recall hearing any solutions. Rather, she seems only interested in getting a swell out of crowds, making those in attendance feeling like she's one of them, but clinging to the "rock star status."
During a national television interview, I heard one person state they felt that Palin was "one of them."
They can feel that way and that's great. But that person paid almost $600 just to attend the convention.
Those people who did attend the convention should take note she isn't one of them.
She got paid to speak.
And she got paid well.
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