Sarah Palin fed the Teapartisans in Nashville an appetizer of warmed over one-liners about taxes, spending and deficits that add up to "generational theft."
Then she gave the meat eaters what they paid for.
The star of the National Tea Party Convention demanded that Attorney General Eric Holder be bumped from his position.
She demanded White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel be bumped from his position.
She demanded Barack Obama should be bumped from his position.
She objected to Obama as a president and a person.
She talked tough about terrorists.
She objected to Obama and talked tough about terrorists at the same time.
She did not seem to recognize the irony inherent in her applause line about Obama and the so-called "war on terror": "To win that war, we need a commander in chief, not a professor of law."
While anyone who is familiar with Palin's track record might be amused by the notion that a woman who quit her executive position as governor to write a fine Alaskan whine of a book would dare accuse someone else of falling short in the leadership department, the delegates to the National Tea Party Convention cheered on cue.
They got the message.
But she knows she wants to be seen as a commander-in-chief-in-waiting.
And that is exactly how the Tea Partisans saw her in Nashville.
In fact, they were so convinced that they shouted "Run, Sarah, Run!"