Last week on MSNBC, Karl Rove told Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrey that some Tea Baggers are "politically unsophistocated" and this week Sarah Palin proved it at a Tea Party Express Rally in Searchlight, Nevada.
It was supposed to be a protest against Majority Leader Harry Reid D-NV, but with the number of motorhomes that showed up, it's obvious that many in attendance would have no voting power in Reid's congressional district or in the entire State of Nevada for that matter.
The Tea Party movement loves to express its affection for the Constitution. The Los Angeles Times writes, "Adherence to what supporters deem to be a strict interpretation of constitutional principles is a key tenet of the tea party movement."
Yesterday’s Tea Party rally in Searchlight, NV, for instance, was filled with imagery of the Constitution. Protesters carried signs that read "I honor the Constitution" and "What about the Constitution don’t you understand?" Rally attendee Norman Halfpenny, a 77-year old retired Marine Corps veteran, said, "We need to get our Constitution back."
In her speech at the rally, Sarah Palin of course paid homage to the Constitution. "Our vision for America is anchored in time-tested truths that the government that governs least governs best, that the Constitution provides the path to a more perfect union — it’s the Constitution," she exclaimed. And so it’s extremely puzzling that Palin introduced this new attack line against President Obama yesterday:
"In these volatile times when we are a nation at war, now more than ever is when we need a commander-in-chief, not a constitutional law professor lecturing us from a lectern."
Just as Karl Rove suggested, the politically unsophistocated crowd cheered wildly at Palin’s line just because of the inflection of her voice.
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