Sarah Palin has said in the past that she didn't know if America was ready for an unconventional campaign for President of the United States. I think we just got a glimpse of what she was talking about with her speech to the Madison Tea Party on Saturday.
I was not expecting what I saw, but was absolutely thrilled by what I did see. I watched the speech live via the Internet and quickly posted a piece on my blog with my initial reactions. I then took the time, once video of the speech became available online, to watch it again. I was more blown away the second time I watched it then it struck me: Sarah Palin has begun her unconventional campaign for President!
Sure, there will be naysayers out there, but I have not seen her give such a spirited speech since her 2008 GOP Convention speech. This was Sarah at her finest, drawing a stark contrast between herself and the rest of the GOP field. Mitt Romney had to be in need of oxygen if he watched it, which I have no doubt that he did. Donald Trump must have thought he'd died and gone to Trump heaven when his girlie voice was "trumped" by a woman's. Mike Huckabee must have segued into playing the blues with his pals, for there was nothing in Sarah's speech that he can even hope to capture for himself. And Newt Gingrich must be having fits right about now for thinking that he could out-think his adversaries. Newt has no hope for delivering a stump speech that can even come close to being compared to a Sarah Palin address at a Tea Party.
And Barack Obama must be writhing around on the floor. He must now recognize that he is about to be pilloried in ad nauseam over the next several months by someone who has stronger convictions and the willingness to voice them than he will ever be able to. After all, Obama's only advantage is his complete willingness to lie about his agenda and now Sarah Palin has shown a willingness to call him out on all of it.
No, we are witnessing a Sarah Palin unshackled from any beltway pundit's opinion of her and the panty-waisted response of Republicans in Washington to the task of reigning in government largesse. And it will be interesting to see how the so-called national Tea Party leaders react to her renewed presence in the debate. Those Tea Party "leaders" have just been made irrelevant as Sarah has shown she doesn't need their blessing to appeal to the ranks of Tea Partiers throughout the country.
If this is truly the beginning of Sarah Palin's unconventional campaign, then I can't wait until her next appearance. She has just shifted the debate on her terms and everyone else will be playing catch up. Maybe they'll all learn how to "fight like a girl"!