Sarah Palin addresses Tea Party “hobbits” in Iowa

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At a Tea Party of America rally in Indianola, Iowa yesterday, Sarah Palin took to the stage amidst chants of "Run, Sarah, Run" (echoing "Drill, Baby, Drill") to rally roughly 2,000 tea-party "hobbits," which is around 2,000 more than Christine O'Donnell drew to her book signing. (Not counting store employees.) The self-shilla from Wasilla spoke at National Balloon Classic Field after potential speaker O'Donnell had been invited, uninvited, re-invited, re-uninvited, then re-re-invited, on the condition that she not show up.

The Tea Party, a movement Harold Bloom says "cherishes stupidity and zealotry and hates thinking, reading and teaching," was treated to a forty-minute, buzzword-laden speech by Palin taking aim at the president, bashing "Obamacare" and "the far left's irresponsible and radical policies" which have wakened a sleeping America. She talked about people coming from their deer stands, duck blinds, and John Deeres to the ballot box. She railed against "the Politicos in the beltway," and, especially, "crony capitalism." (A veiled dig at Rick Perry.) Her denigration of "the permanent political class" I didn't exactly get, seeing as how she's been making her living off the government since 1992.

I do give Palin credit for going easy on the folksy linguistic tics. She did get a "hopey-changey" reference in, but I only caught one "doggone." I don't have a problem with Palin, she's just a celebrity who quit her governorship mid-term to try and get paid, that's the American way, but her followers do worry me. They seemed a little too receptive to Palin's proposal of eliminating all federal corporate income tax like it's confiscatory Bolshevism or something. (The corporate-owned business press can rally around that one themselves.) Palin would offset that by saying no more bailouts and eliminating loopholes. Because, according to her, corporate welfare is socialism for the very rich. It's a curious idea, considering that when she was governor, Palin banged Alaskan oil companies with so many windfall-profit taxes that they had to cut down on their drilling.

A recent Fox News poll revealed that seventy-one percent of Republicans, and sixty-six percent of tea baggers don't want Palin to run for president in 2012, and, presumably, ever. Her sound-bitey response to that was "Polls…they're for strippers and cross-country skiers." Perhaps she's hanging fire on announcing her decision because she wants to milk it for all it's worth, sensing that she had her chance to be a heartbeat away, and that that preposterous scenario could never repeat itself. Palin will be back amongst the Gadsden flags on Monday, scaring seniors about their social-security checks as she speaks at a Tea Party Express rally in New Hampshire.