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Palin Will Blast ‘Compromised Political Class’ in Iowa

Sources with knowledge of Sarah Palin’s prepared remarks tell National Review Online that the former Alaska governor will castigate Washington’s “compromised political class” when she addresses a tea-party rally in Iowa this weekend. Palin, sources say, will not use the venue to launch a presidential campaign. Instead, Palin will “offer a serious critique of crony capitalism and President Obama’s economic record.”

Palin will remind attendees that three years ago — on Sept. 3, 2008 — she detailed her political philosophy during her speech at the Republican National Convention. She will urge the crowd to fight, as she said then, for “sudden and relentless reform.” Reiterating this message, sources say, is one of her central themes. “She will talk about her experience in Alaska, about how she brought reform to the system,” says one source. “She will remind tea-party conservatives that true reform is difficult.”

“She will also talk, more broadly, about how she is not enamored of the political class, both Republicans and Democrats, who do not deserve to be elected if they only continue the status quo,” the source continues. “She will discuss corporate lobbyists, White House operatives, and others who enable the vested interests.” Many of the themes from her recent Facebook post, “Conquering the Storm,” will be mentioned.

Days before President Obama unveils his jobs plan, Palin, another source says, will “take on the president for doing nothing, for sustaining a culture that spends too much, leaves the debt crisis unaddressed, and rewards the friends of insiders. She will underscore how Obama, who acts like he’s fighting for everyone, is just another creature of Washington — part of what caused too-big-to-fail banks, the spiraling debt. Her thesis is that these folks are the cause of America’s decline — not the tea party.”

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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