Sarah Palin stepped back into the spotlight on Saturday with a fiery, anti-establishment speech delivered in Madison, Wisconsin. With Donald Trump and Michelle Bachmann dominating much of the speculation about potential Republican presidential candidates over the last few weeks, Palin has been lying rather low. While the former governor of Alaska has yet to decide whether she’s going to run or not, her defiant speech this weekend suggests that she at least wants to keep her name in the discussion until she figures out whether to toss her hat in the ring.
Choosing the Dairy State to take shots at the administration and middle-of-the-road Republicans was a shrewd move. The drawn out battle between Governor Scott Walker and government unions over collective bargaining privileges has become a symbol of the kind of tough decisions that big, bloated government entities are being forced to face. Palin used the venue to criticize the compromise budget deal that Republicans and Democrats agreed to last week, chiding the GOP for agreeing to $38 billion in cuts rather than the $100 billion it promised.
“After some politics as usual and accounting gimmicks, we find out … it’s not even $38 billion dollars,” she said. “It’s less than $1 billion dollars in real cuts. That is not courage, that is capitulation. We didn’t elect you just to rearrange the deck chairs on a sinking Titanic. We didn’t elect you just to stand back and watch Obama redistribute those deck chairs.”
“We’re flat broke and he thinks these solar shingles and really fast trains will magically save us. So now he’s shouting ‘all aboard’ his bullet train to bankruptcy. Win the future? WTF is about right.”
Despite keeping a low profile lately, Palin tracked third among potential GOP candidates according to a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll. Mike Huckabee and Trump were most popular among the 350 Republicans polled, tallying nineteen per cent each. Palin followed as the choice of twelve per cent of respondents, with Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney close behind at eleven per cent apiece.
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