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Palin: From Failed Candidate To Political Star

WASHINGTON — Sarah Palin has converted a failed run for the vice presidency into a job, more or less, as a driving force for American ultraconservatism and its manifestation in the nationwide tea party movement.

It was not surprising that she managed to convert her celebrity into a financial gold mine. Americans pay well for celebrities' books and public appearances.

But it has been rare for a vice presidential candidate — particularly one snatched from the relative obscurity of the governor's mansion in a politically sidelined state such as Alaska — to convert a rocky, uneven campaign performance into a position of national political power.

Palin did, however, and has a large block of Americans waiting eagerly for her next pronouncement.

For example, within minutes of President Barack Obama's speech about the economy to the AFL-CIO, the country's largest labor federation, Palin was on Twitter with the following message:

"SarahPalinUSA Obama's Blame Game (at) AFLCIO today: predictable/tiring/ineffective/hypocritical, as he pushed&voted 4 fiscal irresponsibility while in Congress".

That's the kind of political "red meat" that reaches deeply into the psyche of American conservatives, tea partiers in particular, who view Obama as a big government liberal who is willy-nilly running up the already enormous U.S. debt.

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