Speaking to Sean Hannity Friday night, on the grounds of the Iowa State Fair, Governor Palin made quite clear the dissatisfaction of voters with Washington’s politics-as-usual. At one point, she explained that the American people had been very clear in their support of Cut, Cap and Balance, but now “We’re telling Congress: Cut the crap, and balance, please!”
Governor Palin also made it clear that’s she’s still considering a run for the White House, and as I explained earlier today, this strategy leaves her sitting in the cat-bird’s seat, and she knows it.
Apart from that, the news out of the interview may have been the adoring crowd gathered for the time she was on-stage. It’s fairly clear that there is a hunger for a candidate who will speak the plain truth about the problems confronting the country. Asked about Thursday night’s GOP debate, she mentioned Newt Gingrich and his rebuke to the press and their “gotcha questions.” The crowd responded enthusiastically, sensing that Mrs. Palin isn’t the ordinary politician. Rather than slam some of the other republican candidates, she actually took the opportunity to praise one specifically, and all of them generally. At one point, she even explained she’d be willing to vote for anybody except Obama.
This is a decidedly different tone from the ordinary politics to which we’ve all become accustomed. While there’s no doubt that she is more than able and decidedly willing to mix it up with wayward Republicans, when she sees grounds upon which to praise them, she lavishes it on them graciously. This makes one remember Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment, and it should serve Mrs.Palin well in the future.
Earlier in the day, arriving at the Fairgrounds, she was mobbed by admirers who clearly couldn’t wait to be in her presence. It’s another sign of the Governor’s enduring popularity in the American heartland. Her peculiar ability to interact with people has always served her well in politics, but also in general.
All of this still leaves in question the matter of her own immediate plans, and as she pointed out, she still has that “Fire in the belly.” As Americans look on in hope and admiration, many of them have that growing fire too, and it’s aimed at restoring a nation that’s been led astray by an insincere shepherd who many now believe has turned out to be nothing more than another wolf. The next thirty days and more promise to be exciting as Governor Palin continues her One Nation tour. What’s next, or when an announcement might come is anybody’s guess, but one thing is certain: Sarah Palin is going to keep the press guessing as her would-be opponents for the nomination continue to hope she’ll just go away. The view from here is clear: She’s here to stay.