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Palin in Boston: 'Please, starve the beast!'

The former governor of Alaska was the star of today's Tea Party Express rally; blogger Garrett Quinn has a snapshot of how things looked when Palin departed. And here's the video.

It's a tighter speech, with less policy, than the one she gave at the SRLC. And it's limned with rhetoric developed by conservatives in the beltway. "Please, starve the beast!" Palin beseeched Congress, echoing Grover Norquist. "Don't perpetuate the problem! Don't fund the largess that is being proposed!"

It's been almost exactly two years after the Huffington Post reported on then-candidate Barack Obama's comments about rural voters "clinging" to guns and religion. Palin, who at that point was still governor of Alaska, called back to that moment.

"He warned us with a playbook that sure seems like it's all Alinsky, all the time," she said. "Is this what their change is all about? We'll tell 'em, 'Nah, we'll keep clinging to our Constitution and our guns and our religion. You can keep the change."

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By David Weigel  |  April 14, 2010; 1:23 PM ET
Categories:  Sarah Palin , Tea Party  | Tags:, Parties, Politics, Republican, Sarah Palin, Tea Party Express, United States, United States Congress  
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