New Palin video praises conservative 'Mama Grizzlies'

By Philip Rucker
Thursday, July 8, 2010; 10:14 AM

Sarah Palin issued a direct appeal to female independent voters Thursday, releasing a video montage about the conservative women she calls "Mama Grizzlies."

"All across this country, women are standing up and speaking out for common-sense solutions," Palin says in the nearly two-minute video she posted on her Facebook page and on YouTube. "These policies coming out of D.C. right now, this fundamental transformation of America -- a lot of women who are very concerned about their kids' futures say, 'We don't like this fundamental transformation, and we're going to do something about it.' "

The former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate says the past 18 months have inspired "a mom awakening . . . where women are rising up and saying, 'No, we've had enough already.' Because moms kinda just know when something's wrong."

Palin's is the only voice in the video, which is a montage of her political appearances since her time as running mate for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and includes panoramic shots of large, friendly crowds. In the video, Palin likens "common-sense conservative women" to the "mama grizzly bears [in Alaska] that rise up on their hind legs when somebody's coming to attack their cubs, to do something adverse toward their cubs."

"You thought pit bulls were tough," Palin says. "Well, you don't mess with the mama grizzlies. . . . Look out, Washington, because there's a whole stampede of pink elephants crossing the line and the ETA, stampeding through, is November 2, 2010."

The video ends with Palin concluding: "Lotta women, comin' together."

Republican strategists are already praising the video. For a political figure used to an off-the-cuff style, Palin's video has a professional and polished feel that could strengthen and broaden her emotional appeal among female voters. One prominent GOP media consultant described the video as "brilliant," adding: "I wish I'd done it."

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