(CNN) - Venturing to a Democratic stronghold, Sarah Palin praised Tea Party activists in Boston, Massachusetts, on Wednesday for "shaking up" the U.S Senate last January by helping elect Republican Scott Brown.
"Boston, if anybody knows how to throw a tea party it is you," Palin told a raucous crowd of activists that sprawled across the Boston Common.
Brown, who won the seat long held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, was notably absent from the event - a fact that generated snickering from some Tea Party opponents who question how much sway the grass-roots movement actually holds, especially in a Democratic state like Massachusetts.
But Tea Party Express leader Mark Williams told the crowd that he's happy the newly-elected senator is in Washington doing the job he was elected to do. Massachusetts is a "a blue-collar, working-stiff state ... we're reclaiming it for America," he added.
Listen: CNN Radio runs down the Tea Party event in Boston
Meanwhile, Palin's 20-minute speech hit on many of the same themes that she has hammered during several recent appearances before Tea Party and Republican activists: high taxes, government spending, and spiraling deficits.
"We see what is on the horizon; we see what is at stake here," she said. "We are sending a message to Washington that come November, that big government, big debt, Obama-Pelosi-Reid spending spree … we are voting them out, we are gonna tell them, 'you're fired.'"
"Americans now spend 100 days out of the year working for government before they even start working for ourselves," she also said. "It is time to remind [politicians] that government should be working for us, we should not have to work for the government."
Palin said she is not calling the Obama administration "un-American."
"But the results are un-American," she said of the White House's policies. "If this is what their change is all about, I want to tell them, 'Nah, we'll keep clinging to our guns and religion and you can keep the change.'"
Palin's speech follows a similar appearance last week before the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. She also recently attended a Tea Party event in Searchlight, Nevada, the hometown of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat locked in a close re-election fight.
– CNN's Shannon Travis contributed to this report
The Boston Herald has numerous articles about today's Tea Party.
Thousands showed up-more than they ever anticipated.
There is no such thing as a Tea Party Movement. That is just a phrase that has been coined by the GOP in order to make it APPEAR that this group is going to do something differently. They are conservative Republican gatherings. Do not be tricked (as many of the news groups have). This is a scheme that was cooked up by the Republicans AFTER the 2008 Presidential election. They are trying to convince Moderates (such as myself) that the Country is ANGRY with President Obama and Congress in order to try to attract us back to the GOP. In reality ..The Tea Party is just a vehicle to get the Republicans back into power and return to the AWFUL MESS we are trying to dig ourselves out of now. Believe me the GOP and the Tea Party will come togther and make it appear that it is a movement. It is not ; and "their" alternative governing option is the very thing we are currently in the mist of getting away from !!! By the way these good taxpaying hard working Tea Partyfolks have a day off ??? During a work week ??? In the middle of economic in turmoil ????
Not that it really matters, but she looks awful in this pic. Kind of "chubbed out". Is she preggers again, I wonder?
Queen no-nothing leading a herd of sheep. $12 million income, can't balance her own political action committee, and is the biggest hypocrite around. The "real" Americans with brains say to Palin: "Thanks, but no thanks." Go away Sarah!!
LOL "clinging to guns and religion" Here in Pennsylvania the two leading candidates for Murtha's seat are constantly emphasizing in their campaign commericals that they are "pro-gun, pro-God and pro-life"
Guess what, it's not elitist, it's the truth! And everyone always conveniently forget the rest of Obama's statement "I respect those fristrations"
Palin's ignorant arrogance is a form of terrorism against common sense.
And just how much is she soaking them for? Her motto should be "Morons line up with your money!!" That would fit the teabaggers to a tee!
I laugh at her daily,but not at the wildlife killed in her state by morons like her.
So the Tea Party takes credit for electing someone who wants nothing to do with them, or their rabid lunatic leaders?
The latest CNN poll has them losing 8 percentage points in approval and gaining 8 percentage points in disapproval over a mere 2 months. It must be because the economy keeps improving, despite the Tea Party's efforts to prevent it.
These people claim to be against big government. Then how do they fail to see that they travel on the public highway system, take out books from their public libraries, send their kids to public school, and excpect the police or fire department to come if anything happens to their house, be it a burglary or a fire. in that case, I guess it's true what they say, IGNORANCE is BLISS.