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.

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"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. Willa-PA

    Shut up already Palin

    August 1, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |

    Has anyone been reading 'DOONSBURY" this past week? Boy did Sarah get nailed good in it.

    August 1, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Did she use spell check this time?

    August 1, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  4. DAVE

    Hey CNN:
    No one gives a good GD what this coward who posts from a twitter account says about anything...she is a quitter who didn't think enough of her real job to complete a term in it...why is she news? Please tell us why she is news?

    August 1, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. Big John

    As if anything a half- brained, (I'm being generous with that amount) half- term quitter would say is relevant.

    August 1, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  6. Ron

    Who cares what Palin says about anything. But I do agree with her about the governor looking like she has balls.

    August 1, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. Sandra Thorne

    Having Sarah Palin's endorsement is not something to brag about. And her not wanting the Bush tax cuts to not expire, is simply because it affects her income then. It's about time that the rich pay what the middle class and poor pay.Then everyone would have money to put into the economy.

    August 1, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. Andy

    Can she (Palin) actually be getting even more stupid than previously shown?

    August 1, 2010 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. Grace

    Well, I guess former presidents G. H. W. Bush and G. W. Bush did not have the "cojones" either since they did nothing to stop illegal immigration. They wanted the Hispanic vote, too. Junior Bush even had BOTH houses of congress in his conservative court and did nothing, nor did the GOP congress.

    August 1, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  10. Tom Majewski

    She also said Obama DOESN"T HAVE THE CAJONES... but of course, that part doesn't get reported....half the news, some of the time.....

    August 1, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  11. Ken

    Geez, she's an idiot. How in the world did a journalism major flunky make it into our political discourse...

    Honestly, with all due respect, if you're a Palin supporter, you're an idiot too.

    August 1, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  12. SFCMike

    Palin-Brewer 2012...

    A democrat's dream ticket.

    August 1, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  13. welches, oregon

    Cojones (s. cojón [koˈxon]) and huevos (eggs) are vulgar Spanish curse-word usages for testicles.

    way to pander barbie.

    August 1, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  14. Chipster

    Palin isn't capable of understanding complex issues and now we know that she really doesn't have a strong grasp of simple biology or anatomy. I'd love to see Brewer actually try to enforce that stupid AZ law. Let's see how successful she would be at preventing illegal immigrants from entering AZ. Neither AZ, nor the U.S. Govt, have the human or financial resources to close our borders. This is just more GOP nonsense, like TX and TN secession threats. TX and TN would last about 20 minutes without federal funding, Social Security, Medicare, etc. Clueless! These people are clueless!

    August 1, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  15. welches, oregon

    gawd this moose wants Obama to notice her soooooo verrrryyy badly – he will never sink to her level believe me.

    August 1, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  16. TTommy

    Palin is right. Obama is gutless. A political hack testing the winds of public opinion before he makes a decision. Brewer saw the need and addressed it. If more politicians were like Brewer, our unemployment rate would not have been hovering around 10% for the past year, the border would be sealed, and our economy would be on the rebound. Obama is clueless. Like a deer looking into headlights.

    August 1, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  17. Joe

    They want to keep out the Mexicans but Sarah Palin uses a Spanish metaphor in describing the governor? Am I the only one who see the irony in this?

    August 1, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  18. hap

    Okay Sarah, what would you do? Same old crap, anyone can find fault,, and obviously you don't need to be real smart to do so.
    I would really like to hear an idea, a new idea. Arizona has recycled the Nazi's "can I see your papers please?" that didn't work out then, won't work out now. Besides, it seems so un-American to this Veteran.
    It's pretty obvious to me people come here to work, mostly. Someone is hiring them, that someone is the source of the problem, make the punishment for employing one so severe no one would take the chance, problem solved.

    August 1, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  19. RG

    Also, the Tea Party, mostly seniors recieving Social Security & Medicare, scream for fiscal conservation, and leaving debt for their grandchildren do not want taxes raised on those that can afford it most? They'd rather burden the middle class, because that is the only alternative. Why should the rich have to pay more? Here is why....who will benefit from these expensive wars? Only the poor & middle class pay for the war with the lives of their children & loved ones. The rich are spared, unless they happen to volunteer. What dollar value can you put on those lives? The rich should pay the ENTIRE bill for the wars.

    August 1, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. Zygmunt Derewenda

    For many years I trusted CNN as one of the most reliable and professional sources of news. Since the last election, like other media, CNN has become infatuated with everything that comes out of Palin's mouth. Do CNN readers really care? I would much rather learn what professionals and experts have to say about problems we face, than ignorant dilettantes. Sarah Palin is a character straight from Kosinski's Being There... Please stop reporting nonsense...

    August 1, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  21. colowest

    The problem with Sister Sarah is that she's all cojones, which she's not supposed to have, and no brains, which she is.

    August 1, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Well if anyone should know about cajones Sarah should.

    August 1, 2010 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  23. Jaison

    I'm really so tired of hearing from Sarah Palin and her nonsensical rants. Every day there is a new comment from her that continue to border on severe disrespect for the officer of the President. Shame on her!

    August 1, 2010 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  24. Rey

    She didn't enough conjones when she quite her job as governer.

    August 1, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  25. BJ

    Who is she to put Obama down? Who is Brewer that makes her more knowledgable and her actions more superior to Obama. Is it because he is not in the 'club'? Palin needs to take her time learning about US History the next year. And CNN, anything this woman says you run with it like it is the gospel. There are days when you will have two or more articles about this individual. The more and more I read your blogs I am beginning to believe that your blogs are very slanted. I don't think you have said anything about Obama that was nice. You are always putting him down, I have never heard you question anything Palin has said, regardless how rediculous it is. Oh well, perhaps some of us are not part of the 'club' either. Journalism is suppose to be unbiased, where did you hide your play book and your style sheet?

    August 1, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
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