SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Sarah Palin challenged the notion that the Tea Party is extreme in a speech here Saturday.
"We are not the extreme ones," she said at the Patriotic Gala Celebration. "We are the voice of reason."
Palin stressed that the election is about the little guy, which is what she claims the Tea Party is all about.
"The little guys all across America have risen up," she said, "and the 'Mama Grizzlies' are starting to growl. We are going to protect our young, we are going to protect the next generation of Americans, so the Mama Grizzlies are growling, we are rising up on our hind legs and saying no, we are going to change course, we need that real hope, we need that real change."
Praising the Tea Party, Palin said, "The Tea Party is a beautiful movement. It's held both sides of the aisle accountable, and both parts of the GOP and the Democrat machine, they don't know what to do with the Tea Party America."
Listening to Palin speak, it certainly sounded like the former Alaska governor is in no hurry to return to public office. She's enjoying the chance to speak her mind.
"I get to say some things that some of you guys can't say," she said, "because I have no title, I have no uniform, I have no office. It's Todd and me -- I get to say what I feel...."
And it was vintage Palin, saying everyone who voted for the Obama-Reid-Pelosi agenda "must be fired."
"We need to take back the gavel from Nancy Pelosi," Palin said. "We're going to get this country back on the right track no matter what it takes. We will do it."
And, of course, she took on the media: "'We have the media here tonight, and its never smart to pick a fight with those who buy ink by the barrelful, but what the heck. When the 'Lamestream Media' just doesn't get it, and if they don't believe what your message is, so they want to belittle you and treat you with much disdain; they can do that to me, that is fine, because I know truth, and I am fine with the political shots they take."