PALIN AND HER PEOPLE…. Sarah Palin, the former half-term governor of Alaska, threw plenty of red meat to a ravenous Tea Party audience in Nashville last night, reminding the political world that she’s still a hero to confused, unhinged right-wing activists.

There wasn’t anything especially surprising about her 40-minute diatribe — apparently, she does not hold President Obama in high regard — but there were a few interesting remarks of note.

For example, it was pretty amusing to hear Palin trash the financial-industry bailout, which she just so happens to have supported at the time — a detail she hopes her adoring fans won’t remember.

But the real entertainment came during the post-speech Q&A, when Palin fielded a few “pre-screened, pre-selected” questions. She was asked what Congress’s top three priorities should be, if “conservatives” retake the majorities in both chambers. She said lawmakers’ priorities should be to (1) cut federal spending, though she didn’t say where, (2) adopt a conservative energy policy, and (3) turn to “our creator.” Seriously.

This was the third part of her answer, verbatim: “I think, kind of tougher to, um, put our arms around, but allowing America’s spirit to rise again by not being afraid to kind of go back to some of our roots as a God fearing nation where we’re not afraid to say, especially in times of potential trouble in the future here, where we’re not afraid to say, you know, we don’t have all the answers as fallible men and women so it would be wise of us to start seeking some divine intervention again in this country, so that we can be safe and secure and prosperous again. To have people involved in government who aren’t afraid to go that route, not so afraid of the political correctness that you know — they have to be afraid of what the media said about them if they were to proclaim their alliance on our creator.”

For those keeping track, the first part of that answer was a 100-word run-on sentence.

Ron Chusid asks, “So, one of the U.S. Congress’s top priorities should be … asking for divine intervention from God?”

The answer, apparently, is yes.

I realize right-wing activists adore the former governor, but her conspicuous unintelligence should be obvious to anyone above the age of 4. There hasn’t been a more ridiculous figure to hold American political prominence in a very long time.

She’s simply an embarrassment.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.