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(CNN) - Sarah Palin has been delivering campaign-style speeches in recent days – still leaving open whether she will actually run for the Republican presidential nomination. For now, she seems to want the best of all worlds: She teases a presidential run while still maintaining her millions of dollars in income from her paid speeches, books, reality TV shows and Fox News. She no doubt also loves all the attention.
In her latest speech before the Tea Party Express in New Hampshire, she certainly hit all the major points the tea party movement wants to hear: smaller government, lower taxes, reduced federal regulations. But she spoke only in generalities without getting into any specifics as to how she would achieve those objectives. I heard a lot of politically popular clichés.
She blasted President Obama for giving good speeches but never backing them up with substance. But at least on this day, she did exactly that herself – she gave a good speech but didn’t back it up with substance.
She said the private sector always does everything better than the government can, and she was applauded. But I suspect those same people who clapped in approval don’t want the private sector to take over their Social Security and Medicare benefits. I also suspect they don’t want to privatize the United States military. Those are all government-run operations.
Palin also avoided discussing certain sensitive subjects in her New Hampshire address. There was no mention of the social issues, including abortion rights for women or gay rights. Except for praising the men and women in the armed forces, there was no discussion of national security, including the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It was a speech designed to deliver some red meat to the tea party movement, which is fine if you’re running for the presidential nomination and seeking votes. But as you can tell, I was hoping for more than simply railing against “the permanent political class” and “crony capitalism.”
But I will say this: To her credit, she can deliver a good stump speech. And she doesn’t need a teleprompter.
By the way, I have no idea whether she will run. I suppose this guessing game will continue for a few more weeks.
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