"Hello Madison, Wisconsin! Woo. You look good. I feel like I'm at home. This is beautiful." Sarah Palin welcomed a grateful mini-multitude of Tea Partiers braving snow and rain to greet the Mama Grizzly of All Mama Grizzlies at the steps of the State House this afternoon. "These are the frontlines in the battle for the future of our country. This is where the line in the sand has been drawn, and I am proud to stand with you today in solidarity." LOVE that anti-statist Polish trade union reference! Update: Transcript.
Sorry, Iowa and New Hampshire. Sarah Palin just redrew the electoral map in a rousing challenge to President Obama's creeping statist agenda in front of the State House in Madison, Wisconsin this afternoon. We watched and live-tweeted her Tea Party keynote. A few excerpts from our own and others' tweets (hard keeping up! Will link later when a transcript becomes available) to give you the flavor:
Our president isn't leading … the only future that Barack Obama is looking to win is his reelection.
You ignored us in 2010, but you cannot ignore us in 2012. You willfully ignored the will of the American people. You ignored it when you rammed through Obamacare …
Madison, you defended that 2010 electoral mandate. You are heroes. You are patriots.
The 2012 election begins here. We will take the courage and the integrity that you showed all of America.
We will fight for America. And it starts here in Madison, WI. It starts here. It starts now. Mr. President, GAME ON.
"Whaddya think, Jim? She going for it?" Melissa Clouthier twittered James Pethokoukis following the speech. Jimmie P's (that's what Larry Kudlow calls him) reply:
Talked to someone other day who knows Palin. Said he didn't know if she'd run. Sounded like a candidate today … In addition, she may not know yet. Won't run traditional campaign if she does.
"Sarah never does anything in the traditional way!" we protested. The conventional wisdom had it that the President himself had opened campaign season with his tin-eared, confrontational debt-reduction speech Wednesday, but disintermediating the powers that be via her own eclectic mix of media old and new, "shooting to where it's going, not to where it's been," Palin once again caught traditionalists off guard.
Update: Forgot to mention the parallel story picked up from twitterbuddy Michael Haz, who was on the scene:
Protestors blowing sirens, drumming, cowbells, whistles to drown out free speech … giving Palin the finger … closing in. Right behind me. Screaming. Ringing bells. I can smell them.
Update III: Michelle Malkin Buzzworthy link!
Update IV: Quote of the Day Honorable Mention from Josh Painter at Texas for Sarah Palin.
Update V: Professor Jacobson links in a triumphant "Fight Like A Girl":
But even more than that, Palin took a phrase usually considered an insult and turned it into a compliment.
In one sentence, Palin did more to advance the cause of women in politics than all the Women's Studies Ph.D's in all the universities in this country combined.
Update: Sissy Willis reminds us of the day.