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Sarah Palin wows a tea party crowd in Iowa. But will she run?

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(Read caption) A man takes shelter from the rain under a poster of former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin during a rally organized by the Tea Party of America in Indianola, Iowa, Saturday Sept. 3.

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In a rain-dampened Iowa field Saturday, Sarah Palin did what she does best: titillate the tea party faithful and the dutifully assembled media, giving a full-throated presidential stump speech, even if there is as yet no official stump.

For the most part, she spoke in generalities to the Tea Party of America’s “Restoring America” event in Indianola: “We will relentlessly rage until we restore what is best about America…. We are governed by a permanent political class.” That sort of thing.

As much as many of the media looked for digs at the declared GOP presidential candidates, there were none. Still, one could read into her verbiage criticism of veteran lawmakers of both parties. “They spend, they print money, they borrow, then they leave us with the bills,” she said, referring also to “corporate crony capitalism.”

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“Even some conservatives run away from what needs to be done,” she chided. “They talk in generalities.”

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