Unburdened by the rules that keep serious politicians tethered to serious messages, her task was to toss red meat to a ravenously appreciative conservative crowd Saturday at the closing session of the American Conservative Union's annual CPAC conference.
By my count, her speech got more standing ovations than the one delivered Friday by CPAC favorite Sen.
Touching on some of her favorite themes – the crony capitalism that infects Washington, the importance of overturning President
But her most memorable moment, which provoked a raucous standing ovation from the crowd of about 3,000 conservative activists, occurred when she took a page from Texas Sen.
Holding the famous red book, she said, "I have five kids, so reading 'Green Eggs and Ham,' ... I totally had it memorized, especially by the time Trig was born. So I had to spice it up a bit. And little Trig -- lucky little fella -- his bedtime story, now it goes something like this:
"I do not like this Uncle Sam. I do not like his healthcare scam.
"I do not like these dirty crooks or how they lie and cook the books.
"I do not like when
"I do not like this spying, man. I do not like 'Oh, yes we can.'
"I do not like this spending spree. We're smart, we know there's nothing free.
"I do not like reporters' smug replies when I complain about their lies.
"I do not like this kind of hope, and we won't take it, nope, nope, nope."