Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin took to Facebook to advertise her new web video Thursday, a SarahPAC production that pushes one of the conservative star's favorite themes -- giant mammals preparing to wreak havoc on Washington.
The video, titled "Mama Grizzlies," consists mostly of audio clips from a speech Palin gave to the anti-abortion rights group, Susan B. Anthony List, in which she gave birth to the mammalian metaphor.
"All across this country, women are standing up and speaking out for common sense solutions," Palin says over spliced video of women at Tea Party rallies and Sarah Palin speeches. "These policies coming out of D.C. right now, this fundamental transformation of America -- well a lot of women who are very concerned about their kids' futures saying we don't like this fundamental transformation and we're going to do something about it."
"It seems like it's kind of a mom awakening in the last year and a half...Here in Alaska, I always think of the mama grizzly bears that rise up on their hind legs when someone is coming to attack their cubs, to do something adverse toward their cubs. You thought pitbulls were tough, well, you don't wanna mess with the mama grizzlies," Palin says. "Look out Washington, because there's a whole stampede of pink elephants crossing and the e.t.a. for them stampeding through is November 2, 2010."
Some political observers have speculated that this is more than just a video for conservative women heading into the 2010 election season. In many ways, it has the atmospherics and tone of a campaign spot.
Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic calls the video "an advertisement, if you will, for brand Sarah, and the variant of brand Sarah that's gaining currency in the Tea Party heartlands, her fiercely independent, common-sense conservative, not-gonna-let-the-government-win Mama Grizzlies." He also says that "it is hard to read this video as anything but a test of a much larger potential operation," meaning perhaps a toe in the water of 2012.
Watch Sarah Palin's new web video, "Mama Grizzlies":