"Ready for dinner"
The GOP’s in-house poet laureate and stand-up comic Sarah Palin unironically wowed a crowd at CPAC with her rendition of Dr. Suess’s “Green Eggs and Ham,” an homage to Sen. Ted Cruz’s non-filibuster filibuster from late 2013. While Cruz recited the story to an empty room, however, Palin invigorated about 3,000 people. Palin spiced the “bedtime story” — a book about overcoming bias and self-discovery — up “a bit” with conservative rhetoric about Obamacare, congress and the media:
I do not like this Uncle Sam. I do not like his healthcare scam.
I do not like these dirty crooks or how they lie and cook the books.
I do not like when Congress steals. I do not like their crony deals.
I do not like this spying, man. I do not like ‘Oh, yes we can.’
I do not like this spending spree. We’re smart, we know there’s nothing free.
I do not like reporters’ smug replies when I complain about their lies.
I do not like this kind of hope, and we won’t take it, nope, nope, nope.
While conservatives cheered her on, liberals paused to reflect on what just happened:
i think the only thing sadder than people who share Sarah Palin's political ideology are people who share her sense of humor #CPAC2014— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) March 8, 2014
An hour before this Palin speech, Kate Obenshain told the audience that the GOP had to avoid saying "stupid things" in 2014. So anyway— daveweigel (@daveweigel) March 8, 2014
True story: Sarah Palin just up and quit her job right in the middle of it. Being totally serious, Google it if you don't believe me.— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) March 8, 2014
"I do not like gay marriage, Sam-I-Am. I do not like it, man-on-man."— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) March 9, 2014
Has Sarah Palin always been this Sarah Palin-y or is she Sarah Palin-ing it up?— Elise Foley (@elisefoley) March 8, 2014
So kind of Sarah Palin to give her concession speech she wasn't allowed to give in 2008 every year at CPAC.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) March 8, 2014
Watch Palin’s speech below:
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