(CNN) – Tea Party favorite and former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin seems to be laying the groundwork for bringing the GOP establishment and the Tea Party movement's activist base together.
"I think now is a time for a drive towards unity," Palin said in a cable news interview Tuesday night. "And I think that it will work because there's a common mission here with Tea Party Americans and with the GOP establishment," she told Fox News, according to a transcript.
The former Alaska governor said the Republican establishment and the conservative grassroots movement that has risen up in the past two years share a common agenda.
"The desire is for a smaller, smarter government, she also said in the interview. "It is to rein in the federal government and allow our states more rights and our individuals more rights, ultimately resulting in the private sector being able to grow again."
And Palin, who has recently leaned more toward the conservative grassroots than the GOP establishment in her rhetoric and some of her endorsements, also seemed to acknowledge that bringing the two sides together might not be easy.
She added, "Now it's a matter of coming together, the different personalities. There will be essentially a few new sheriffs in town, so there could be some, you know, some roughness around the edges when it comes to this team coming together. But it's a time for unity after tonight."
In remarks to CNN last month, Palin sounded a more ominous note about the future of the relationship between the GOP and the Tea Party movement.
Asked who she would side with if the conservative grassroots movement ended up splitting the Republican Party asunder, Palin answered with a warning for the GOP establishment:
"I don't think that it will [split the GOP apart] because I think more of the machine within the GOP is going to understand that this we-the-people message is rising and it's resonating throughout with independents, with hardcore conservatives, with moderates. Because it's just so full of common sense . . ."
She added, "That heaven forbid that the GOP machine strays from this message. If so, the GOP is through."