August 1st, 2010
07:04 PM ET
8 years ago

Palin: Brewer has the 'cojones' that Obama does not

In a television interview that aired Sunday, former Gov. Palin used a distinctly masculine metaphor to describe how Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, left, and President Obama are approaching border security.

In a television interview that aired Sunday, former Gov. Palin used a distinctly masculine metaphor to describe how Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, left, and President Obama are approaching border security.

(CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has come to the defense once again of one of her fellow "mama grizzlies" but this time using a distinctly masculine metaphor.

In the wake of the Obama administration's partial judicial victory last week in the litigation over Arizona's controversial immigration law, Palin said on "Fox News Sunday" that Arizona's female Republican governor has "the cojones that our president does not" when it comes to securing America's borders.

"This is a temporary suspension of some of the key elements in the law that [Arizona Gov.] Jan Brewer pushed hard for Arizonans and for the rest of the country to have the result of us being more secure," said Palin.

She added, "And, Jan Brewer, bless her heart, she's going to do all that she can to continue down the litigation path to allow secure borders because she's – Jan Brewer has the cojones that our president does not have to look out for all Americans – not just Arizonans – but all Americans in this desire of ours to secure our borders and allow legal immigration to help build this country. . . . if our own president will not enforce a federal law, more power to Jan Brewer . . . to do what our president won't do."

According to, the word "cojones" is a Spanish term for male reproductive organs. It also can be used as slang for "nerve" or "boldness."

The Tea Party favorite also said that it was "idiotic" in the current economic situation to let the Bush tax cuts expire for higher-income brackets as Obama and Capitol Hill Democrats plan to do.

"To reduce deficit spending and our enormous debt, you rein in spending, you cut the budget. You don't take more from the private sector and grow government with it. And that's exactly what Obama has in mind," Palin said.

Making a reference to an event in February of this year where cameras caught notes about policy points written on the palm of her hand, Palin also poked fun at herself.

Related video: Palin's 'cheat sheet' on hand

"My palm isn't large enough to have written down" all the effects of Obama's plan to let the tax cuts expire, Palin said, pointing to an ink-stained palm.

Palin said letting the cuts expire would cause a total tax increase of $3.8 trillion over the next ten years and she explained that the notes on her hand read "'$3.8 trillion, next 10 years,' so that I didn't say 3.7 and then get dinged by the liberals, saying I didn't know what I was talking about."

Asked about her PAC's recently released campaign-style video championing her nascent "mama grizzly" movement, Palin explained her string of recent endorsements of often underdog conservative female candidates.

Related: Palin speaks of 'new conservative feminist movement'

"It just so happens that these common-sense, constitutional, conservative women are willing to put it all on the line," she said. "And they're going to make a lot of sacrifices in order to serve their country. They have a lot to contribute. They just all happen to be women and I support them strongly and wholly."

Palin added, "That video was all about supporting those women – men too – with common sense, with a desire to protect our Constitution, and the free market in America – and turn some things around in this country."

Palin was characteristically noncommittal when it came to the issue of her own political future – namely, whether she has her eye on a White House bid in 2012.

"Well, I've never committed to running for president," she said. "People are going to be worried about 2012 in future months, but that's not where my focus is."

Filed under: 2012 • Immigration • Jan Brewer • Popular Posts • President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. dee

    LOL Palin is such a flip flopper.
    Election time she spoke to the Mexican people in spanish promising and supporting immigration reform and a path to citizenship.

    Now she is supporting racial profiling and "la bruja" brewer.

    It takes cajones to take a position and stick to it. Not put your hands up and quit every time you face a little scrutiny.

    Palin, as usual is the right winger's comic joke!

    August 1, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. Observer

    So now we know that Palin doesn't know anything about anatomy either.

    August 1, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. Sue. B

    And...Obama has the brain that Palin needs.

    August 1, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. Robert Cloosdoosch

    Palin is "nuts"

    August 1, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. George

    I hate to dwell on the literal, but does this airhead even know what "cajones" means and that she's applying it to a woman? Maybe it's just me. I hope she's enjoying her cycle of fame, because when 2012 comes around and the GOP runs away from her because she has NO chance of beating Obama, we'll all but see the last of half term Sarah.

    August 1, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  6. jane

    Why do you continue to cover Sarah Palin?????? There's nothing there.

    August 1, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. harold

    I hope that you have family Health Insurance coverage..Sarah Palin.. ....You know its a family value don't you?

    August 1, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. Paul

    This coming from a former governor who basically quit after 2 years on the job! Give me a break, why does anyone bother giving this woman publicity?

    August 1, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  9. La Piovra

    For people who hate Hispanics, these folks sure like Spanish words.

    August 1, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. Greg

    Well that's presidential of her. I'm sure if Obama said something like that we'd be hearing for weeks that it disrespects the office of the presidency.

    August 1, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  11. johnrj08

    And Palin has a lot of cojones to even open her mouth about this, having never had to deal with the issue of immigration in her entire life. As a matter of fact, her whole history suggests that she uncomfortable with anyone but white people.

    August 1, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. Mike

    How ironic, a nutjob republican using a spanish word to describe the President....while we all know the reichwing want to deport all Mexicans...even the people born here...whether they are immigrants or not.

    August 1, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  13. Carol

    Sarah, who asked for your opinion????? Maybe tomorrow you can endorse someone to keep your name in the news!

    August 1, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. Nick G

    Isn't it rather ironic that "Gov." Palin uses a Spanish word when talking about keeping Hispanics out of our country? How about an English word to describe her? Idiot!

    August 1, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  15. waukone

    All I can do is shake my head. The Obama admin is now deporting more illegal aliens per year than Bush or anyone before him ever did and with expected increases., Obama admin is prosecuting those who hire illegals at a significantly higher rate than the bush administration or any other before him. There are more border patrols, more technology, more training, more cooperation, etc.

    He will continue to try to thread the needle on this issue and what everyone needs is a wacko making it difficult to have a sane discussion on a very difficult issue.

    Recently it was reported that the southern border has less crime than other parts of the country. Does that mean he should start in other area's of the country?

    August 1, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. Rob NY

    Jan Brewer and Sarah Palin can't hold a candle to our wonderful President. I can't believe I'm even typing their names in the same sentence as his. Sarah Palin, the "gift" from John McCain that keeps on giving.

    August 1, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. jim

    cojones or not, the arizona law is not constitutional. if it were there would be no problems from the feds.

    cojones mean nothing if you are in the wrong. you've gotta admit, the illegal aliens have cojones trying to come here illegally. by your measure, sarah, that would make it all ok. it doesn't. being in the wrong is being in the wrong whether you have cojones or not.

    August 1, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  18. ray

    this woman is an idiot, this woman is an idiot.

    August 1, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  19. Lynn

    Bless Sarah's little heart, she can't use American slang for "Balls", but has to use a Spanish term. Not very patriotic of her.

    August 1, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. Mike S. - Dayton, OH

    At least our president has the "cojenes" to stay in the office to which he was elected, despite the challenges. Ex-governor Palin would demonstrate her mama grizzly cojenes by quitting about now were she elected president. She could have been securing our northwest border from streaming hordes of Russians right this very moment had she not quit for the noble cause of selling books and commentating on Fox News.

    August 1, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. ray

    this woman is an idiot.

    August 1, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  22. AJ

    Sarah Palin is trash, plain and simple. She does not have the brains of a maggot. It's no wonder why republicans adore her.

    August 1, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. KentAZ

    What the (as usual) clueless Palin isn't aware of is that Brewer was initially opposed to SB 1070 and signed it only because she knew it would be political suicide not to do so. It was simply a matter of political expediency.

    August 1, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. Dale

    Republicans have zero credibility on the economy. They say "fiscal conservative" when they campaign, then cut taxes for those rich enough to pay them and then spend like drunken sailors. Meanwhile, they deregulate wall street so the economy becomes unstable, just a bubble of speculation waiting to be popped. This big recession is directly traceable to the Republican de-regulation of banking and Wall Street. Republicans fought in congress against the new regulations to prevent a recurrence. Republicans are for the corporations, not the people.

    August 1, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. LouAz

    On the street, cajones means balls. It is pretty common among Hispanics, and a lot of white boys( including me) picked it up. It is good that Sister Sarah admires and uses Hispanic street talk so readily. Nice that the Half Gov of Alaska has given her blessing to the Default Gov of Aridzona. Is this a trend among half educated TPers and Flat earth Repubs ? You betcha ! Ole.

    August 1, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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