WTF Is Palin Doing?

Anand Giridharadas, in a NY Times op-ed, points to a truly bizarre and uncharacteristic speech by Sarah Palin at a Tea Party event. Here’s Giridharadas:

She made three interlocking points. First, that the United States is now governed by a “permanent political class,” drawn from both parties, that is increasingly cut off from the concerns of regular people. Second, that these Republicans and Democrats have allied with big business to mutual advantage to create what she called “corporate crony capitalism.” Third, that the real political divide in the United States may no longer be between friends and foes of Big Government, but between friends and foes of vast, remote, unaccountable institutions (both public and private).

I want to know: who wrote that speech for her?  Presuming Giridharadas correctly represents it, it is populist, anticorporatist and right on the money. You know, based on Sarah’s previous public efforts and the heretofore radical GOP-style conservatism of her politics, that she herself could not have come up with the ideas or the words in which they’re framed. But… where did she learn this? Not at any Tea Party meeting, that’s for certain. And… does this go beyond Sarah? Or is this her middle finger raised in farewell, her salute to the Koch brothers who have underwritten many of her supporters’ public efforts… until now?

Any ideas?

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  • MandT  On Wednesday September 14, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Maybe Ed Rollins is doing some moonlighting or she’s got rid of an alien hairball or sanity.

  • NTodd Pritsky  On Wednesday September 14, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Yeah, I remember the first time I smoked crack…

  • Bryan  On Wednesday September 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Actually, that was pretty much the way she won the Alaska governor’s race. She ran against the establishment Republicans in the state, and campaigned in all of the little villages.

    Her first state-wide move was to the oil board, and she actually uncovered some ‘crony capitalism’, so she was removed.

    This is a major under-current in Alaskan politics – that the government and the corporations are stealing the best sites, and the fish – mostly because it’s true.

    It’s pretty standard Alaskan libertarianism, and, I assume she has probably discovered that she isn’t making the money she that she would make on her deals with the media corporations.

    • Steve  On Thursday September 15, 2011 at 12:18 am

      Bryan, your explanation seems the likeliest I’ve read. Otherwise, it doesn’t make any sense for her to spout this stuff.

      • Bryan  On Thursday September 15, 2011 at 10:42 am

        Her husband would be the main source of this, as he has been running salmon traps as a major income producer for years, and those guys get screwed by the processors.

        Corporations in Alaska are constantly getting ‘exceptions’ to the rules that the individuals have to deal with, and often are taking control of areas that locals have been trying to open for years.

        The interior of Alaska is hardcore libertarian.

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