In a speech in Madison, Wis. today Sarah Palin talked like a candidate, praising Gov. Scott Walker and blasting congressional Republicans for the budget deal.
“After some politics as usual and accounting gimmicks, we find out . . . it’s not even $38 billion dollars. It’s less than $1 billion dollars in real cuts.,” said Palin.
“That is not courage. That’s capitulation.”
Stating that conservatives would back the GOP if they fought, Palin criticized Republicans for failing to bring about change. “We didn’t elect you just to rearrange the deck chairs on a sinking Titanic,” Palin said. “We didn’t elect you just to stand back and watch Obama redistribute those deck chairs.”
“Stand up, GOP, and fight,” Palin continued. “Maybe I should ask some of the Badger women’s hockey team, those champions, maybe I should ask them if we should be suggesting to GOP leaders that they need to learn to fight like a girl.”
Palin also shot back at criticisms about her rhetoric. “Hey, media, it’s not incting violence and it’s not hate-filled rhetoric to call someone out on their record, so that’s what we’re going to do,” she retorted, before launching into criticism of Obama’s record.
“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,” Palin said.
After identifying herself as a former union member and the wife of a union member, Palin delivered a strong defense of Walker’s actions. “He understands that states must be solvent in order to keep their promises, and that’s what he’s trying to do. He’s not trying to hurt union members. Hey folks, he’s trying to save your jobs and your pensions,” Palin said.
She also made it clear that she didn’t care what the GOP establishment thought of her.
“So yeah, I’ll take on the GOP establishment,” Palin said at one point in the speech. “What more can they say about us?”