Palin: The tea party whisperer
September 5th, 2011
02:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin: The tea party whisperer

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Sarah Palin spoke to a wildly supportive tea party audience in Manchester Monday, but although she seemed to present herself as the best candidate to win back the White House, she didn't give the voters what they wanted.

"Run, Sarah, run," the large crowd chanted as the former Alaska governor smiled. Some people screamed her name with an ardor usually reserved for pop stars.

But Palin did not announce her candidacy, and instead focused on a critique of President Barack Obama in a speech reverential in its treatment of the tea party and dismissive of several of her opponents, of Washington and of politics as usual.

The tea party icon took a swipe at Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who rearranged his campaign schedule to speak at two tea party events this week, and implied he is a reluctant convert to the activists' power and scope.

"Now, we're seeing more and more folks realize the strength of this grass-roots movement," she said. "And they're wanting to be involved. I say right on. Better late than never – for some of these candidates especially. Okay?"

The audience at Palin's speech was several times larger than the group at Romney's speech the evening before. The majority of activists dispersed after Palin spoke, though the rally continued.

Palin encouraged the activists to flex their political muscle and support candidates who espouse the tea party message.

"I say let's invite those candidates in who are bold enough to take on the tough challenges caused by an out of touch, out-of-control centralized government, and those who are humble enough to admit they need you, and they've seen the light, they who are willing to confront the challenges that are resulting from Washington's failed policies, and incompetent leadership," she said.

Her speech did not contain many specifics in terms of policy proposals. She said America needed a "pro-growth" agenda that would cut taxes, promote personal liberties, reign in the power of the federal government, and loosen regulations on oil production.

The crowd did not seem deterred, but cheered when Palin urged them to ignore the "mockery" of the political class and continue carrying their message of speaking truth to power.

"You've already withstood the wrath and the disdain and the lies from the media and the permanent political class looking down on us. Mocking us. Making things up about us. telling us to 'go to hell,' you've already withstood that," she said. "We're still standing, right?"

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. CNN watcher

    Palin & her tea party ilk will pull the GOP 2012 candidates so far to the right, they'll all be unelectable. I swear, she's a Democratic operative. This is the reason Karl Rove hates her. Because she & anyone drinking the tea too much simply can't win.

    September 5, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Larry L

    Sarah Palin has become the Jesse Jackson of the right-wing radicals. Nobody really knows what either of them do for a living unless "useless whiner" is a profession.

    September 5, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    The teabaggers have no "truth" to tell "power." They wouldn't exist if they hadn't been invented and funded by the Koch brothers. They are nothing more than a bunch of grumpy retired folks who take for granted our nation's infrastructure and don't want to pay their fair share.

    Palin and all the teabaggers need to go live in a third-world country where the top 2% own and control everything and there's no Middle Class, just the majority of people living in poverty.

    Because that's where we're headed if the teabaggers get their way.

    September 5, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. steven harnack

    Wow! They actually withstood somebody telling them to go to hell? Time to start passing out the medals! Now take five steps in President Obama's shoes. I would have said a mile but even five steps is beyond them.

    September 5, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. Henry

    And this is what we have devolved to? I hope it is only the Tea Partiers that are feeling orgasmic. The regular people don't quite feel this way. To support this tw*t one must be a real bottom feeder.

    September 5, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    [The majority of activists dispersed after Palin spoke, though the rally continued.]

    I guess those are the folks she BUSSED IN!!!

    September 5, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    I"ll say it again go to hell sara u and the gop,teatard,rush and all others that hate our president because he dont look like you yes I said it and I hope the truth kill you all

    September 5, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Mock you- yes... Make things up- we don't have to. That's why it's so easy to mock you!
    And while you at it- go to hell!

    September 5, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Name Rick Marts

    Boycott stupidity, please

    September 5, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    sara u and backmon,demint should be in texas praying with rick perry to put that fire out in austin since god only speak to you guys and gals that what I thought lies from the phoney party of tea brain.

    September 5, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Chaz

    Rubbish! I hope Palin does get into the mix so that field of Repubs gets a chance to rip her apart. I've yet to understand how she could represent anything or anyone substantively after she quit (went AWOL) on the people of Alaska. Quitting is not a value nor a virtue, it's the sign of a quitter and a capitalist opportunist.

    September 5, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. jokerster

    Tea Party "grass roots??" Don't think so, not when it is run by 2 Texans who are worth over 20 Billion a piece....I heard on another show where they had a poll on Fox News and 76% do not want Palin to run....can you believe that 76%....and some Fox News people don't want her to run either....Now those are real friends...

    Anyone in my area who say they are supported by the Tea Party.....DO NOT get my VOTE!!!!!!

    September 5, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Tony

    "Run, Sarah, run," the large crowd chanted as the former Alaska governor smiled.

    Wow, there were a lot of democrats at the rally.

    September 5, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Mike in Texas

    Making things up? Palin is an expert in that field. Again another....cut taxes......drill for more oil....yadda yadda yadda...personal liberties? I still don't know of nay personal liberties taken from me since Obama took office.

    The media that Palin blasts so much is a huge contributing factor to her financial success. Here is a word of wisdom to CNN and others.....Out of sight....out of mind.

    September 5, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Dixie

    Just like 2008 - she is telling them what they want to hear, but offers nothing but "the federal government is your enemy." Forget democracy. We'll have it our way or the highway. Was Joe the plumber there, too?

    September 5, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. Ned

    Big shoes and a big red nose would be better.

    September 5, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    We have heard about the horse whisperer, the dog whisperer, so why not tea bagger whisperer. Someone has to be able to communicate with the moronic baggers.

    September 5, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. loxsley

    The Media is picking on her again !?

    September 5, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    "Beware the false prophets that come in my name.................................."

    Jesus Christ

    September 5, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. DENNA

    Run Sarah, Run. Awayyy – far far away. This country is in a big enough mess between the GOP and the Tea Party. We do NOT need you.

    September 5, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |