August 1st, 2010
07:04 PM ET
4 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 Merriam-Webster.com, 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. Les

    Cojones is just another example little "Barbie Doll" Palin's unprofessional vocabulary. Sounds like she is still being scripted by her husband the "1st Dude". More unacceptable behavior from the GOP's stupid favorite presidential candidate.

    August 1, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. Sgt. USMC

    Unfortunately when it comes to governing you need more than 'cojones', you need a brain scare crow. All the 'cojones' in the world won't substitute the lact of intellect which is coming out of Arizona and Alaska. Put that on fox!

    August 1, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  3. Sparky101

    Yet another definition for cojones is Courage. Sarah Palin is no gutter snipe, she is educated enough to know what many less than common words mean. Since she also applied the term to the Arizona Governor, it is clear she was using it for something other than physiology.

    August 1, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. Larry

    Do you kiss your mother with that mouth Palin?

    When we want your opinion on anything we'll first send you back to school. May this time you'll actually learn something.

    August 1, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    "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.
    ________________________________________________________
    For those liberals always asking what it is that draws people to Sarah Palin...it is exactly this kind of straightforward common sense perspective about what is going on with the Federal Government. It's not difficult, unless like Obama you try and spin this into something that's going to be good for the country. It will not. Increasing taxes on the people that create jobs through small businesses will work against any effort to reduce unemployment. Either Obama doesn't realize who it is that creates these jobs or he doesn't really care about the high unemployment. Or both.

    August 1, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. Tony

    Since when does any comment a quitter makes about some other person's job performance have any relavence?

    August 1, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. patrick

    You could've grown some and complete your term ... chicken!

    August 1, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. vegage

    Of course republicans are against let the Bush taxes cuts to expire, it will raise taxes to the rich and big corporations, those are the ones republicans are always defending and watching for. They do not care about the average American. What is so hypocrite is that the biggest cause of the ballon deficit we have right now is due to those tax cuts that were not paid for when legislated.

    August 1, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  9. Aaron

    Is it honestly surprising that on Fox News Sunday, Sarah Palin talked about what Obama isn't doing? What I think is funny, is that she had notes written on her hand. I did that in high school when I didn't know what I was talking about.

    If this was Joe Biden, Barack Obama, or any other major politician with notes on his/her hand there would be ridicule from all points of media. But Sarah Palin represents modern America. Modern, arrogant, egotistical, hiddenly stupid America.

    You know Animal Farm by George Orwell? "All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others."

    August 1, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Securing the borders? To the people who are complaining about the current immigration law or lack of where were you when Reagan, Bush Sr. and George W. were in office. All of a sudden when President Obama is in office this becomes an issue.

    August 1, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  11. A-mex-i-can

    Idiots of a feather, flock together...

    August 1, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    Could someone ask Sarah Palin HER ideas on securing the borders?

    August 1, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  13. Bill in Austin

    If you guys would just ignore her, maybe she'd go away? When was the last time she said anything remotely intelligent?

    August 1, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  14. twiddly

    Yes, more intelligent discourse from the USA's reigning expert.

    Please, Sarah, titillate us again with your awe-inspiring prose and your encyclopedic grasp of the issues of the day.

    Oh well, what do you expect from someone that Faux News hired.

    August 1, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  15. Just shut up

    Who cares what a quitter like Palin has to say ... she clearly didn't have the cojones to serve out 1 term.

    August 1, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  16. Crazy Harry

    At least she thinks she has cojones! She is missing a key organ inside her head just like Sarah.

    As an Arizonan, I'm embarrassed to be represented by this confirmed dingbat. I guess it takes one to know one. Thank you Sarah for confirming that she is.

    August 1, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  17. Lisa in GA

    I am soooooooooooo sick of this N.U.T.C.A.S.E

    August 1, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  18. Linda

    Obama is an embarrassment. Palin and Governor Brewer indeed have cajones. And thank Goddess they do or we'd truly be screwed.

    August 1, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. Francisco Cardenas

    Palin is pathetic and vulgar.

    August 1, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  20. jmatt

    How can she tell Obama to do his job, when she left hers for a fat paycheck in the sky? If she could become president, would she leave for an even fatter paycheck? Riddle me that one FOX news.

    August 1, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  21. usualone

    Wow, what a brilliant comment. Too bad if Americans believe this drivel. Arizona had the same problems before President Obama and his folk became the incumbents. This woman is the QUITTER of all quitters. Sarah should take care of her family. Let them fear her. Let her make more monies from the people who are ignorant to her methods. Poor poor America if she ever gets anywhere beyond her current position. She is an insult to the grizzlies.

    August 1, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. Tam

    did she pronounce it properly?

    August 1, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. Skipjack

    Palin's handlers (are you listening, Bill K?) should explain to her that she should probably avoid using vulgar Spanish slang when discussing illegal immigration. Also, during the course of the interview, she coined yet another new word - "codendrum" - which is, of course, the state in which Ex-Governor Palin constantly dwells. I will never forgive John McCain for giving this peabrain a place on the national stage.

    August 1, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  24. Gary

    so many words, so few fingers to write on.

    August 1, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. jeremy..Big D..Tx

    This woman is absolute empty pipe. I watched this interview and am sorry. I keep on asking republicans to tabulate real workerable economic plan than hull demeaning words like this. What is your plan? Bush Tax cuts failed. Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton tax hikes worked. So,whats your plan Palin?

    August 1, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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