Yesterday I spent the day after the show at the Border Restaurant in Leominster and followed that up with a trip to McCoy stadium to see the PawSox play this evening so I missed most of the Tea Party events.
Having knowledge and access to blog that does not hinder my ability to find out what happened in places like Madison Wisconsin yesterday.
First there is the video of Breitbart’s into:and then Palin’s SpeechBoth via the right scoop:
And if you prefer a transcript Governor Palin provides that too.
Then you have write ups such as John Nolte’s at Big Government:
If Sarah Palin’s not running for president, what a terrible waste that would be of the single best stump speech I’ve heard since, well, Palin’s ’08 convention speech, which just happened to be the single most electrifying political moment of my adult life. A thrill didn’t just run up my leg that night, it ran up everything in me that’s American, and today in Madison, WI, it happened again.
You have Jim Hoff updating, Sissy Willis reminding of her tactics. William Jacobson reminds us her targets are not confined to democrats, Nice Deb opines and Dan Riehl notes the following about leadership:
As I said to a friend and colleague tonight, wherever the current battle is, that’s very often where you can find Palin. One of the first requirements for leadership is to show up out front. No one will ever accuse Palin of not doing that. Doing so also has an interesting side benefit for any would be leader. When you lead, people tend to follow and support you, even if not at first.
Why has there been so little on the air about this? For the same reason why you will not see the full clip of Palin’s speech embedded in MSM sites or why there was no commentary this weekend. Watching the actions of the left tend to cause people to dislike them while watching Palin in context tends to make people like her.
This is why “Ann Althouse” has become a dirty word for the left because she objectively looked at the happenings in Madison and said this
There is incessant ringing of cowbells. Then, we can hear that a young woman is speaking from the stage to the Tea Party crowd as the protesters do what they can to drown her out. She finishes — “God bless America” — and the tea partiers cheer but the protesters overwhelm them with boos. The emcee comes to the mike and we hear that the speaker was only 14 years old.
ADDED: One of the chants during her speech is “Go home! Go home! Go home!”
and this :
But today was distinctive because it was a Tea Party rally, and many people wanted to hear the speakers, especially Sarah Palin. The counter-protesters were there to drown out those speakers. Their earlier anti-Walker protests were about how they wanted to be heard. Over the last 2 months, the anti-Walker protesters have said many times — often directly to me or Meade — that they felt the GOP governor and legislators had the obligation to listen to them, that it was terribly wrong for their voices to be excluded, and that dialogue is the essence of democracy. They made a godawful noise saying that (and more), but what they did today was hypocritical, because today they showed up for the express purpose of denying other people the right to listen. So today was loud and angry, but it was nowhere near as loud and angry as it has been on other days. Nevertheless, today was bad in a different way, a way that betrayed values the anti-Walker protesters had voiced many, many times.
And remember this was written while saying things weren’t as bad as Breitbart thought.
You will see no quoting of Althouse tomorrow on the air, nor will you hear Elizabeth Scalia either:
can you imagine the hissy-fit the press would have if a tea party crowd had tried to drown out a speech by anyone? They’d say it was “downright unAmerican,” and they’d be right.
Put Sarah Palin’s speech next to Barack’s Obama’s, and forget about their policies for a second; just watch and listen. Which one do you believe? Who is transparent and clear and who is obfuscating and duplicitous? Who is natural, and who is affected? Who spends more time saying “I” and “Me” and who says “Us” and “We”?
That comparison is necessary for the American People to make an informed comparison between the two directions this country can be taken, and for that reason alone, the media, the left and the establishment GOP will do their best to prevent it.
These are not the actions of people winning the debate, and remember this is Massachusetts where their allies overwhelmingly control the government. If they are that insecure here what does that tell you?