In case you haven’t noticed it, Sarah Palin has taken to threatening the Republican Party that the Tea Party movement will not tolerate any squishiness on the essential Tea Party small government message. The consequence if the GOP strays? The Tea Party will consider turning itself into a full-fledged Third Party movement for the 2012 election cycle.
In Nevada, where she was campaigning for Senate candidate Sharron Angle, Palin said:
“Some in the GOP — it’s their last shot. It’s their last chance. We will lose faith, and we will be disappointed and disenchanted from them if they start straying from the bedrock principles that can grow our economy. if they start straying, then why not a 3rd party? That’s what people are going to start asking.”
Palin is on a tour to promote Tea Partyism and boost Tea Party-backed candidates like Angle over the top. Interviewed by CNN on the same tour, Palin said:
“Heaven forbid the GOP machine strays from this message. If so, the GOP is through.”
If you want to know more about that message, or if you would just like to see Palin at her “Mama Grizzly” best when being asked friendly questions by a Fox reporter, the Palin-Nevada-Fox interview is viewable here.
In case you don’t click through but are fond of Palinisms, in this interview, she praises the individuality of Tea Partiers, saying they are “not a bunch of sheeple.” She also describes the panic among liberals when they see the Tea Partiers coming with their “happy, productive, common sense” message, saying “it gets ’em all wee-wee’d up.”