Just yesterday the dimwits at Politico were writing her off in their usual demeaning terms.

I don’t expect she’ll be a candidate again, but today she took CPAC by storm, playing an important role outside the Republican Party structure in saying what needs to be said and motivating an important part of the base.

Don’t take my word for it, here’s how Business Insider described the speech, Sarah Palin’s Brilliant CPAC Speech Shows She Can Still Work A Crowd:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah  Palin just delivered a barnstorming speech here at the Conservative  Political Action Conference, proving  once again that, despite being semi-retired and semi-irrelevant, the “Mama  Grizzly” can work a crowd better than almost anyone else in the GOP.

Here are the 10 best lines:

1. “More background checks? Dandy idea Mr. President. Should’ve  started with yours.”

2.  On her husband, Todd Palin: “He’s  got the rifle, I’ve got the rack.” [Pulls out Big Gulp]

3. “Mr. President, we admit it. You won. Accept it. Now step away  from the teleprompter and do your job.”

4. “We can’t just  ignore, though, that we just lost a big election. Yeah. Came in second. Out of  two … Second  position on a dog sled team is where the view never changes and the view ain’t  pretty.” 

5. “We don’t have  leadership coming out of Washington. We have reality  television.”

6. To College  Republicans: “You’ve  got to be thinking Sam Adams, not drinking Sam  Adams.”

7. “If these  experts keep losing elections, keep raking in millions, if they feel that  strongly about who should run in this party they should buck up and run or stay  in the truck. The architects can head on back to the Lone Star State and put  their name on the ballot.” [Clearly this is a reference to Karl Rove]

8. “The next  election is 20 months away. Now is the time to furlough the consultants, and  tune out the pollsters, send the focus groups home and toss the political  scripts. Because if we truly know what we believe, we don’t need professionals  to tell us.”

9. To Washington  consultants: “Get over yourself. It’s not  about you.” 

10. “Barack Obama promised the most transparent  administration ever. Barack Obama — you lie!” 

It’s the only reasons I can say “I really wish I had gone.”

Update: This New York Magazine writer quoted a hoax line … maybe he can get a job at Politico: