Her speech was filled with applause lines and though it was momentarily interrupted by hecklers, Sarah Palin did what she does best -- she delivered red meat for conservatives while calling for a long primary.
“We’ve all heard we have to wrap it up, but in America, we believe competition leads to victory,” she said.
She also said we all must stick together, no matter who the nominee is. Indeed, it seemed her theme was unity throughout her speech, saying: “The left may smear our records or attack our families [but] we can’t let the left divide the next campaign. We must stand together as conservatives. For the sake of our country, we must stand united, no matter who our nominee is.”
Occupy protestors started the heckling and she managed to turn their cries of, "We are the 99 percent into cries of "USA! USA! USA!". Then, the rallying cry became, "Sarah! Sarah! Sarah!"
In short, it was definitely the red meat those at CPAC wanted to hear and she did not disappoint. In fact, many were wondering if her "The door is open" line was code for, "I may be entering the race." I don't think so, but after today, there are those who were thinking of what might have been.