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PalinTracker: Into the Breach!

Palin heads to Wisconsin, ground zero of the budget battle, and gives a searing speech.

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Barbara Curtis

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April 17, 2011 - 9:34 am
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Did you see Palin’s Tea Party speech in Wisconsin Saturday? The woman was on fire!

On Congress:

We didn’t elect you just to rearrange the deck chairs on a sinking Titanic. We didn’t elect you just to stand back and watch Obama redistribute those deck chairs. What we need is for you to stand up GOP, and fight!

On the president:

The only future that Obama is trying to win is his re-election. He’s willing to mortgage your children’s future to ensure his own. And that’s not the audacity of hope, that’s cynicism. Piling more debt onto our children and our grandchildren is not courage! No, that’s cowardice.

Her battle cry made me realize what has been steadily sucking the oxygen out of the conservative movement since our big November win — a win that should have us still sallying forth in victory, but instead has left us demoralized and confused. We have no real leaders. Well, maybe we have a few real leaders, but right now we need an exceptional leader — we need Shakespeare’s Henry V, someone who not only has a plan, but has the courage and charisma to rally the forces he needs to see it through. And if you aren’t familiar already, go no further until you watch Kenneth Branagh’s St. Crispin’s Day speech.

What we heard in Wisconsin came closer by miles to Agincourt than anything yet heard from the lukewarm Establishment Republicans. Palin is a leader who can energize the conservative base.

What conservative wants to follow the electoral dictates of the media pundits, whether liberal or conservative? Who wants to listen any more to Romney or Huckleboy? Boring. Uninspiring. And you just know in your heart that once they got to Washington, they’d pull a Boehner on us — backing down at just the critical moment when a battle is what’s needed. They care too much whether people like them. They just don’t have the fire.

Seeing Palin take the fight to Obama recharged my batteries, gave me hope, made me ready for more. This is not the time to give up or slow down, despite the backpedaling of House leadership when it came time to stand up to an oppressive and duplicitous president. How hard it was for those of us in the ranks to see our opportunity to stand firm against Obamanomics evaporate because Boehner and Co. decided the Regime Machine would say bad things about them on the playground in the newspapers.

It’s a sad sight to behold: cringing men, afraid to stand up for what’s right. So what if their jobs are at stake? So what if people don’t like them? (There’s a phobia her cringing colleagues could take a lesson from Palin on.)

Convictions matter most.

Conservative Americans won the last election fair and square, except for the Senate, which we’ll take next time. And what may be even more important – witness Wisconsin – conservatives swept in majority governorships and statehouses. We are the majority.

There is no reason, no excuse for backing down.

I had high hopes for Boehner. Now he depresses me. We need a man to speak up, to stand up and deliver what we worked hard to lay the groundwork for. It’s as if after winning the battle, the troops saw their older leaders wave the white flag. We need someone, as Jan Brewer said, to man up.

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