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. Honest

    And what cojones does Palin have for abandoning the people of Alaska?

    August 1, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. RichColorado

    My feeling is that if the President has committed the $6 Billion to create a fence and additional amounts to support Ms. Palin would have been up in arms against Government spending. It is also significant that a significant amount of stimulus money has been used to help "plug" the border in key places, but somehow she was against this too.

    Of course, as pointed out in many posts, the state has the option to enforce state labor laws and penalize the employers of these workers without a single change in the existing laws. If the money stops flowing to illegal aliens then they will have little reason to make the journey (unless you truly believe the sole reason to come over the border is drug related).

    August 1, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  3. Carol O'Neill

    It's too bad that Palin didn't have the cojones to finish her term as governor, rather than become the publicity-seeking, let me be constantly in the spotlight "politician" that she has become.

    August 1, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. Biased

    Funny how the Federal DOJ and the WH will sue a governor and its citizens who want to secure their border from smugglers, drug dealers and illegal crossers by enacting law that will help enforce Federal law, but will not even consider suing the cities which are so called "sanctuary cities" that blatantly and in a boasting manner disregard the law of the land. You would almost think this was political and a sinister ploy for nothing more than hispanic votes in the next election. Isn't it funny how the WH and DOJ are so concerned about upsetting certain types of citizens but think nothing of putting everyone else through endless scrutiny and restrictions every time we step on a plane even to travel inside the country.

    August 1, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. dupontd

    Please o please let her be the GOP candidate for 2012...

    August 1, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. ruty

    Sarah Palin is not worthy of a comment. Our president has class. Something she would not know anything about.

    August 1, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  7. bigun

    The way Brewer looks I think she really does have cojones. No I mean for real.

    August 1, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  8. bbrooker

    Last I heard Obama has called for immigration reform and sent more troops. It's congress and numerous previous administrations that have put it on the back burner. Palin has no idea what she is talking about as usual. Republicans supporting this woman are a cancer on this country.

    August 1, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. Mama Grizzly

    Brewer / Palin 2012,,,,,, now that would be a presidental ticket.

    They would get my vote because they both have more cojones that the joke is the White House now letting all the illegals come in just for political gain.

    August 1, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  10. Vynn

    Sarah....This Libertarian would like to see those tax cuts expire. Bringing down the deficit is far more important in our economic recovery than tax cuts for the rich. Besides, if you give tax incentives for small business to start hiring instead, you're more assured that the money will go to job creation instead of to savings or to futures investments, neither of which creates jobs. And for the record, it takes HUGE cajones to do what's right over doing what is politically expedient.

    Now, Ms Brewer's little foray into federal territory is nothing more than a politically expedient move. That's not ballsy. She's pandering to the majority who simply hate illegals, and who believe falsely the many lies about illegals, just to assure herself re-election. Arizona has less crime today than it did eight years ago. The jobs the illegals take are mostly jobs no citizen would take on themselves. Most pay taxes on their income and into Social Security, and are unable to get any of it back. It's all a fraud, it's BS, and the conservatives especially are eating it up like pigs at the trough.

    August 1, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  11. Sarah Palin...

    was governor of Alaska but quit because she seen dollar signs. She sold her soul to the devil. Every word that comes out of her mouth is memorized not experience. Shes out of her league. I will vote for Obama everytime instead of this hood rat and the rest of her kind.

    August 1, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  12. AZLtCol

    Has this nation I am defending taken leave of its' collective senses? I go away for a few years to the wilds of Afganistan and this is the first thing I see? Former govenor Palin is just that, a former govenor to which another political opportunist govenor (Brewer) will soon join in that "very special" status. Brewer is as fake as the hair-color/wig she wears! CNN you owe us better – covering the regurgitated nonsensical, non-news from this birdbrain just brings your credibility down!

    August 1, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. Jason

    Now I guarantee you if someone asks her what language "cojones" is, she'll get it wrong. She'll say it is "Mexican".

    She is revolting.

    August 1, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. Bob Ramos

    When will the press stop covering this stupid woman and her stupid propaganda?

    Palin ignores that Gov Brewer, after the judge ruled, offered to "rewrite the law" so as to remove the government's objections but no deal.

    I do not enjoy paying taxes neither. But if they are cut, I will take the extra funds and use them to help pay off my debts including VIA. How does that help put more money into the system. Remember many Americans would use their tax breaks for just that purpose.

    August 1, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. Ada mount pocono, pa

    Palin has NO say in any of this. She could NOT handle being a governor of ANY state- so she gets NO say. She only wishes that she had President Obama's "cojones". But she didn't she QUIT because she couldn't handle the pressure. Weak, stupid woman! SHUT-UP already!

    August 1, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  16. ralph malph

    What a "patriot" she is. She is so much of an opportunist it's almost silly. She has found her niche, and she's raking in millions with her nonsense cliches and talking points. She's taking full advantage of supplying stupidity for a group that never seems to stop wanting. She is a horrible alternative. I wish there was true opposition to the president that was worthwhile. I think we are ready for meaningful debate, and tired of BS!!!!

    August 1, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  17. Seth B

    Palin is like that crazy Aunt you have in the attic, she keeps shouting out nonsense to the family...Just plain batty.

    The question is, why is CNN still reporting on her as if she has something coherent to say?

    August 1, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  18. Scared

    The person who didn't have the cojones to finish the job to which she was elected thinks she is entitled to judge those of the President? Only on Fox News! Today Fox News interviews its own paid commentator and calls that news!

    August 1, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  19. Jesse

    why, cnn....why are you so ridiculously obsessed with Sarah Palin? Every single day you have some useless story about her on your political ticker. GET OVER HER! She dumped you...move on.

    August 1, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  20. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    Think President Obama is doing a bad job? I've read this article three times (and I trust it is an accurate accounting of this 'news event') and I can't make heads or tails of anything worthwhile or significant. And regarding Palin's quote from above, specifically the one: "$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." All I can say is I don't know what SHE IS talking about. about a confused person. Could anyone imagine President Palin barking out orders during a national emergency or leading her cabinet and Congress to come to some sort of conclusion or simply addressing the nation on anything of consequence? Her version of a START treaty with Russia would be to simply USE the nuclear missiles instead of wasting them by scraping them! For what it worth, thats my opinion. Just think Rus Limbaugh says she's "articulate". I suggest she use a telepromter at all times. Even when taking questions.

    August 1, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |

    Palin should see my "cojones" to shut her mouse. This is a racist law
    that targets Hispanics based on their look. A real Irony considering that Hispanic culture has been in Arizona for at least 400 years. In that
    area, the Governor of Arizona should be consider a "Eruopean Settler".

    August 1, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. Keith in Austin

    With Barry, it's all about garnering Hispanic voters for Democrats regarding coming elections. Screw the security of the American border! Pitiful!!

    August 1, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. PJ States

    I am not so concerned that Obama does not have the cajones to work with immigration issues. My concern is that Obama DOES have the cajones to make under-the-table not Constitutional actions to bring illegals into the voting population (he would be their savior, he thinks).

    August 1, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. Ramon F Herrera

    The term "cojones" is a very indecent, profane term in Spanish. It goes beyond "bolas" (balls).

    The Obama family has more class in their girls' little finger than the whole Wasilla household.

    August 1, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  25. Prochut

    What is she doing besides tearing the Republican party apart? She is only screwing over the election results this year and two years from now.

    August 1, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
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