CPAC crowd eats up Sarah Palin's mocking of Barack Obama

Some of her lines fell flat, however, such as an aside that she couldn't believe Washington D.C. had a Lamborghini dealership.


A few minutes into the speech, Palin was briefly interrupted by some Occupy activists, who ended up being shouted down and then escorted out of the building (later she referenced them in her speech, saying they were occupying the wrong place).


She was most passionate about the Tea Party members of Congress who were elected in 2010. Saying Obama has dismissed and lied about them, she urged the CPAC audience to support even more of them this fall. "They need reinforcements," she cried out. "Will you help them?"


For much of last year Palin flirted with the possibility of running for office. Never declaring what her true intentions were, she obviously could read polls that suggested that she would have no chance in a one-on-one duel against the president. So she rakes in big money lobbing criticisms from her outpost in Alaska, where she has now been an ex-politician for nearly three years, after quitting her job as governor in the summer of 2009.


No doubt Palin will be asked to give another one of her stemwinders at the Republicans' four-day party in Tampa at the RNC later this summer. But for those who can't get enough of the Wasilla native, they can relieve 2008 with the upcoming HBO movie Game Change, adapted from the book of the same name by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin about the '08 campaign. Julianne Moore plays Palin in the film, which will air next month.


Moments before Palin spoke, pollster Tony Fabrizio announced that Mitt Romney had won the CPAC straw poll, taking 38 percent of those who attended the three-day fest in D.C. Rick Santorum finished second with 31 percent, Newt Gingrich had 15 percent, and Ron Paul, who did not participate this year, finished last with 12 percent.

Since she opted not to run for the Republican nomination for president, Sarah Palin's contributions to the 2012 campaign have been limited to her commentaries on Fox News.

Though she has yet to endorse a candidate, she has steadfastly maintained that the GOP should avoid coalescing around a single candidate this early in the primary season. She repeated her stance that competition is healthy for the race for president during her 36-minute address to close out CPAC in Washington D.C. Saturday afternoon, but not before warning candidates and their campaigns not to do the work of the "far left and their media allies" by tearing each other apart and dividing the party.

Two years ago at CPAC, Palin's signature line was "How's that hopey, changey thing workin' out for ya?" This address also included some carefully crafted putdowns of President Obama, such as when she said his presidency was a failure of leadership: "We know how to change that, oh yes we do, oh yes-we-can. Hope and change, yeah. You gotta hope things change!"

She also parodied Obama's classic line from his 2004 speech at the Democratic National Convention: "We're not Red Americans, we're not Blue Americans, we're Red White and Blue, and President Obama, we are through with you!"

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