Palin decries GOP 'cannibalism,' defends Gingrich
January 27th, 2012
07:48 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin decries GOP 'cannibalism,' defends Gingrich

(CNN) - She may not be publicly endorsing a candidate for president, but Sarah Palin clearly has a favorite in the ongoing campaign feud between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

In a post on her Facebook page Friday, the former Alaska governor praised Gingrich's Ronald Reagan connections, while questioning Romney's conservative credentials. Ultimately, Palin said the GOP establishment backing Romney were "cannibals" for attempting to discredit Gingrich.

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"I am in favor of contested primaries and healthy, pointed debate," Palin wrote. "They help focus candidates and the electorate. I have fought in tough and heated contested primaries myself. But what we have seen in Florida this week is beyond the pale."

Palin, whose husband Todd endorsed Gingrich earlier this month, said tactics used against the former House speaker were reminiscent of attacks against her during her vice presidential bid in 2008.

"The difference in 2008 was that I was largely unknown to the American public, so they had no way of differentiating between the lies and the truth," Palin said. "All of it came at them at once as 'facts' about me. But Newt Gingrich is known to us – both the good and the bad."

Gingrich's relationship with Nancy Reagan, along with an endorsement from Reagan's son Michael, should speak to the former speaker's record as a conservative, Palin argued.

"There are no two greater keepers of the Reagan legacy than Nancy and Michael Reagan," Palin wrote. "What we saw with this ridiculous opposition dump on Newt was nothing short of Stalin-esque re-writing of history."

Borrowing one of Gingrich's favorite campaign lines, Palin said the mainstream pillorying of Gingrich was "Alinsky tactics at their worst," referencing the radical community organizer Saul Alinsky, who Gingrich namedrops frequently on the stump

Palin boiled down the race to a tug-of-war between mainstream Republicans backing Romney, and grassroots activists unwilling to fall in line behind the establishment pick.

"I respect Governor Romney and his success," Palin wrote. "But there are serious concerns about his record and whether as a politician he consistently applied conservative principles and how this impacts the agenda moving forward. The questions need answers now. That is why this primary should not be rushed to an end. We need to vet this."

Palin ended months of speculation in October when she announced she wasn't seeking the GOP presidential nomination. Political observers have been looking for an endorsement from the former governor ever since, but have thus far been left hanging.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Sarah Palin
soundoff (318 Responses)
  1. James Kruk

    Okay, maybe I'm missing some Alaskan history here, but what primary was Sarah Palin in that was so hotly contested? Governor? She wasn't exactly fighting to win the Republican nomination back in 2008. Or 2012.

    January 27, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Who cares what she says. She was unwelcome on the 2nd day of her run for VP. Just doesn't get the message that we don't like her, does she?

    January 27, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. Ryan

    makes you wonder when some republican will be crazy enough to dig up reagan's grave and finally bone him (pun intended)

    January 27, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  4. Blondshag


    NEWT GINGRICH – is the candidate that HUGE GOVERNMENT WASTE does not want to be elected!

    NEWT GINGRICH – is the candidate that will get HUGE GOVERNMENT WASTE focused on a Balance Budget which is a new experience for Washington Government lately!

    ROMNEY and OBAMA is more of the same......not more OBAMACARE or ROMNEYCARE!


    January 27, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Sarah, you are going to have call Mitt out for lying, or its all over.

    January 27, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. Data Driven

    Uh oh, Palin's talking about stuff she knows nothing about, again. "Alinsky tactics"? Better leave the references to the pop culture nexus of the Baby Boom to your elders, Sarah.

    In any case, all Saul Alinsky did was give tips to the activists of his era on how to organize and how to deliver political messages effectively. The Tea Party availed itself of "Alinsky tactics" quite brilliantly in 09, as I recall.

    January 27, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. Tommy Alsop

    Who cares what this inarticulate person has to say.

    January 27, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  8. Lynmarbro

    Ms. desperate is worried that a Newt-less administration would have no position for her. How can she not realize how toxic she is for any candidate?

    January 27, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  9. poopmeister

    Why is it then, that every second she is in front of a camera, she takes the opportunity to bash President Obama in a not so "healthy" way? So I guess it is alright to demonize a Democrat and say all sorts of hateful things, as long as you treat a Republican with respect. Newt has had a far more shady career as a politician than Mitt and I am sure that a Palin endorsement will only hurt Newt's keep up the good work Sarah! Please endorse both of them while you are at it.

    January 27, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  10. Willie Floyd

    Dear Lord-not her again!!!! She and Newt are 2 of a kind!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 27, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. nintex

    Ah, yes. The politically astute and highly intelligent Palin speaks out again. We've been anxiously awaiting her wise and profound words. Seriously, who writes this stuff for her? We all know that she can't write a complete sentence with big words in it. And if she's endorsing Gingrich, whoa! There's a kiss of death if I ever saw one! One slimeball endorsing another slimeball.

    January 27, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. copepod

    She is such a cry baby. Sarah s hit or get off the pot. Endorse him or shut up. Everyone knows all the noise you made this week is to get an audience in CPAC next week. How much are they paying you for that, anyway?

    January 27, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  13. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Ronald Reagan was a showman. He was NOT a good president. He could stand toe-to-toe with the political and religious rock-n-rollers of the 80's, but his administration passed laws that we're still suffering from.

    For some reason, the GOP want to turn Reagan into a saint. He wasn't. He was an actor with political affiliations and just happened to be president in a time when being an actor was an asset. But he wasn't a good president.

    January 27, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  14. rhumba

    Sounds to me like Mrs. Palin is a bit of a cannibal herself. Democrats need to just sit back and watch them eat one another alive.

    January 27, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  15. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    Sarah Palin, holier than thou you would think has done things like attack Michelle Obama for wanting to help children get fit and reduce obesity, yet she has NO problem whatsoever with Newt's third wife Calista being his mistress while he was married to his second wife. If Mrs. Obama had the past that the present Mrs. Gingrich has you think Palin wouldn't go after her on it? YOU BETCHA she would. Palin is indeed full of it.

    January 27, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |

    The thing speaks

    January 27, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |

    anyone but Romney, even SP maybe!!


    January 27, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  18. Mark

    This party has become so fractured if they do not pull it together they will lose 2012

    January 27, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    ........................ as McCain travels all over the place endorsing Romney and belittling Newtered .........................

    oh NO - I'm down to my last package of popcorn. Store run tomorrow for Gatorade and popcorn.

    January 27, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  20. Cindy

    Apparently she does not know Gingrich Money Man is under criminal investigation by the justice department and the SEC for alleged bribery of foreign officials and ties to the chinese mafia. This is the man buying Newt Gingrich.

    January 27, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  21. knowndoyen

    Palin needs to make up her mind with what she wants and stick with it. It seems to me that she only wants one candidate to be vetted and that is Romney and that Gingrich should get a free ride. But then she goes on about how Romney might hurt the Republican cause. Gingrich is a historian and he wants to write his own history, but most individuals that try to do that only write it as they see it. History can only be written after the fact and Gingrich may have had great success but many times it is your weakness and failures that you are most remembered by. Gingrich lost sight of what a great leader is and that is to fight for the cause of those that put you in office and not your own grand ideas. Most if not a majority of Republicans leaders that know Gingrich and I mean really know Gingrich have a great concerns about him because for one he thinks he is owed something and two that he only works for one person and that is himself. Gingrich is the one that wants to drag the thing on. He should take a clue from Palin and just quit.

    January 27, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  22. c'mon america

    She's back ! How exciting !

    January 27, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  23. Bill

    This woman has become a disgrace. She talks about family values and yet she supports Newt, a man who thinks having a wife is for show and a tool to become President. She talks of being an outsider and decries Washington, but yet she supports Newt, a man who spent his entire political career in Washington. She has shown herself to be someone who supports no one who doesn't believe in what she believes in. In other words, she believes in supporting a "purity" candidates instead of someone who can actually win. This woman represents all that is wrong with the GOP's far right wing of the party. The Tea Party die hard and the evangelicals are all whom she'll be able to win votes with. If that's the case, kiss the general election good bye if she gets her wish and Newt Gingrich becomes the nominee.

    January 27, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  24. SDC

    Who's Sarah Palin? Should I know her from some public office that she holds?

    January 27, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  25. cleareye1

    Just what Gingrich needed after his humiliating performance against Romney last night, the kiss of death. Compliments from a known loser and know nothing explaining her version of 'facts!' I'll miss Gingrich and his wild schemes. He is at least independent, sort of, except his being owned by big Vegas money.

    January 27, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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