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. klarg

    Yeah. She says a lot. And for some reason CNN reports it all.

    August 1, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  2. goofus

    Palin is right again! All Obamas got is oversized vocal chords!

    August 1, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  3. Louisiana Man

    If the AZ governor's 'cojones' equals that of 'the quitta from Wasila' then that aint saying much.

    But maybe Gov Brewer will quite in mid term with her state in ciaos and ghost write a book, leave her young children to promote the book-
    sell it to the gullible, make gazillions while simultaneously bellowing that the health care bill for innocent children is too expensive.

    What a bozo and hypocrite palin and her cojones are.

    Palin needs to be reminded that her boy, idiot bush, FAILED to protect the borders of our country-
    resulting in an attack on US soil for the second time in history and the slaughtering of over three thousand humans.

    But when you are a cerebral void-

    August 1, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  4. Joyce-NY

    I agree with the opinion of Sarah Palin. I voted for Owebummer, but he should have secured all the borders in American lands instead of
    taking of lawsuit against AZ immigraton law.

    August 1, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  5. Niki

    Well said, Sarah! Thank you.

    August 1, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  6. sonny c.

    Yes, it does take guts to stand up for mob rule & the powerful & to try & squash the lil guy. Doing the right & the hard thing is never easy. The rich & powerful are not known for sharing their toys.

    August 1, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  7. reggie from la

    And if former Governor Palin had cojones, she'd be so far removed from any limelight that it would not be funny. Nothing about her is intellectually appealing or potential. Folks forgot all about that bridge, that troopergate, and all kinds of other nonsense. You know, the kind of stuff that we'd never allow president Obama forget if they were attached to him. Hmmm, what could it be? Red meat chumming? Political savvy? Leadership? LOL. Hope no one took those questions seriously (except the Red Meat one). Like I said before, in a matter of speaking, were she a man, she would not be remotely as magical as folks have convinced themselves of and we all know it's true. Would you really spend $500 to $1000 or more to hear her be a motivational speaker if she were one of her male counterparts in the GOP/Tea Thingy. She's popular!! That's it isn't it? How well does Gov Brewer know her or vice versa? Strange little group.

    August 1, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. Billy D Williams Lookin' Mofo

    Yeah, it takes a lot of balls to make stuff up out of nothing and spout it every time you see a camera pointed in your direction. It takes real testicular fortitude to build your political career entirely on vile racism and cheerleading ethnic hate. And that tanned-leather barfly Brewer is even worse.

    August 1, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. trashcup

    After the Bush tax cuts disappear, she will have to pay more in taxes than she used to make as governor – no wonder she's upset – poor baby. What's Todd going to do now that he might have to go back to work instead of riding his wife's coat tails?

    August 1, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  10. Sick and Tired

    Really, Palin? This woman talks about the President like she's playing playing pool at a bar. She is very disrespectful. To make matters worse, she never seems to grasp the issue. The issue, Mrs. Palin, is protecting the border while also protecting the rights of OUR citizens. You don't have to be a minority or liberal to understand that concept. Palin could be a powerful politician if she stopped her ugly, ignorant attacks and proposed solutions–for ONCE.

    August 1, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  11. rich

    Right on , Sarah ! It is an absolute shame how the President is fighting with a state that is attempting to control its border. Why can't he and the administration deal with a current problem rather than working to secure future votes from the current illegals!?

    August 1, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. GravitysAngel

    "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.

    What? Every time this woman opens her mouth, out comes word salad.

    August 1, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. Larry

    Did you learn anything new by reading her words

    Did you learn something you did not already know, I did not think you would

    What a worthless person she is

    Why do they post her words here ???

    August 1, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. tankdriver

    Sarah Palin is even WORSE than Obama – and that ain't sayin' much.

    August 1, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. Dean Blythe

    palin and her ilk believe that intelligence does not mean someone has common sense. I cannot disagree. But being stupid does not mean that one has common sense. When did being ignorant and incapable of intelligent thought or ability to communicate become a virtue?

    August 1, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. Michelle

    With every idiotic statement, she puts herself further and further out of consideration for any further political career. Keep talkin', Sarah!

    August 1, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  17. kd

    and the tax cuts HAVE to expire. Only an IDIOT would defend them.

    August 1, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  18. Jon

    Seriously. Stop reporting on what this no nothing, halfwit, hack has to say and lets actually report facts. Peoples opinions are fairly meaningless, especially people like Palin. Yes, I know she thinks she is an expert on immigration, as she kept watch on the skies over Alaska for incoming Russians and Canadians, but the reality is she has no idea what she is talking about. She says things right wing nut jobs like to hear. That is all. It's not news people.

    August 1, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  19. Marcus

    So Palin advocates the complete disregard for CONSTITUTIONAL definitions of what is a Federal government atribution (Immigration) and what is not... Big surprise....
    NOT.
    On the other hand, the legal permission/authorization (whatever is it's proper name) that the FEDERAL government gives to local law enforcers on the border areas of the four states that have borders with Mexico are prospering fine and well... The number of illegal aliens deported is bigger than ever...
    But that means nothing for the naysayers...

    August 1, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  20. lipper

    the woman is an idiot

    August 1, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    She's trying to be elected, people. She'll spill her hate and prejudice and paranoia about people of a different color. IT'S AN ELECTION SCAM.

    There is nothing real about brewer, especiall the two betwen the legs.

    August 1, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  22. Jobe

    I agree our weak sister President does lack guts. He has followed Bush on almost all the war efforts, failed to close Guantánamo, is an Open Borders fan who refuse to enforce our laws, and has let the weak Democratic congress write all the horrendous legislation. Obama is really like a weak European leader instead of an American President.

    August 1, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  23. Ben

    Why do you keep talking about this empty headed fool call Palin? Doesn't CNN have better news to report?

    August 1, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  24. Pat

    It's ironic that Palin uses a Spanish slang term for immigration issues. It seems to me that her using this term shows how intrinsic Spanish has become in American English. However, it doesn't do anything to solve the immigration issues facing the nation. Palin is trying to stay relevant (how funny) so that she can make a run at the 2012 presidential race. She is a joke and offers no relevance to today's issues.

    August 1, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  25. Guest78521

    Oh so classy, and reaching out to Latino voters as well; nice touch.

    August 1, 2010 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
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