Right on the heels of her?announcement about her “serious” interest in a 2016 Presidential bid, Sarah Palin has delivered another confusing, word salad speech that even confused some of her allies.
On Jan. 24, Palin spoke at the Iowa Freedom Summit, a Citizens United conference featuring the best and brightest of the Conservative lineup from Ted Cruz to Donald Trump. The goal of the conference was to focus on “our core principles of pro-growth economics, social conservatism, and a strong national defense.” Palin, who had a teleprompter this time, managed to make even less sense than usual. Her words were odd enough, but her odd placement of emphasis in her sentences just made it worse. I’ll bold the text?for you:
“Things must change for this cover…our government. Look at it. It?isn’t?too big to fail. It’s too big to succeed! It’s too big to succeed, so we can afford no retreads or nothing will change with the same people?and same policies that got us into this, this status quo. Another Latin word, ‘status quo,’ and it stands for ?Man, the middle-class everyday Americans are really gettin? taken for a ride.? That’s status quo, and GOP leaders, by the way, y’know the man can only ride ya when your back is bent. So strengthen it! Then the man can’t ride ya, America won’t be taken for a ride, because so much is at stake and we can’t afford politicians playing games like nothing more is at stake than, oh, maybe just the next standing of theirs in the next election.
Everyone, take note: the man can only ride you when your back is bent.
Take heart, fellow Americans. The speech only gets weirder:
“Now the other side, the far left? They even, they see a need for change, but it’s by offering real change…again? Coronation, rinse, repeat; or Clinton, rinse, repeat; Clinton, rinse, repeat. That’s change? These leftists, they’re promoting these ‘Ready for…’ campaigns. They say, ‘Ready. For. Hillary. Well, these hopey-changey-astroturfy D.C.-based businesses that are disguised as grassroots – they’re nothing new?but! Don’t you wonder what the White House thinks…of their peeps out there prancing around, squealing that, hoh, they’re ready for someone else? They have to admit it, even! Because they know that he who was The One…now…with tea time on the mind, he is?so over it.”
I admit it, I hate it when my White House peeps prance on my hopey-changey-astroturfy.
The reactions were amusing. John Fund from the National Review Online called Palin’s presentation a “meandering and often bizarre 33-minute speech” that showed she isn’t disciplined enough for a full-fledged campaign. Twitter was far less kind, with several watchers saying that this was her most incoherent speech to date. And that is clearly no easy task given the bar she’s already set. At one point, it was mentioned that the teleprompter stopped working and Palin had to start ad-libbing, but I honestly can’t tell just when that was.
But Liberal America will be vigilant and closely watch this hot contender rise through the ranks of Republican Presidential nominees.
Full video below, if you dare: