Palin decries GOP 'cannibalism,' defends Gingrich
January 27th, 2012
07:48 PM ET
2 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. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Palin the pickle-brained moron speaks again and THAT'S what she says. HOw can anyone this stupid ever have gotten elected to any type of post?

    January 28, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  2. Lisa

    Sarah who?

    January 28, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. Boston Guy

    Dear Sarah, We don't care what you say. You have nothing to say but hate towards anyone that isn't kissing your big behind. You are a failure at everything except opening your mouth to spew your hate. I am go glad you are for someone who cheated on two of his wives. Get real Sarah!

    January 28, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. Wisc Badger

    AHH. The Palin haters are all whipped up again. It's funny how you hang on her every word and can't wait to post how much you hate her. Oh, I forgot SHE is the hater not you.

    January 28, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    I thought after the Michigan basketball player "one-on-one" that we were rid of her for awhile.

    January 28, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. Harry Bradford

    Republicans eating their own? Pass the Ketchup, please.

    January 28, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. Lola

    Gingrich is a Washington insider. Palin, Perry & Cain are hoping to get a job from him. I have participated in Tea Party events and I have resented Palin ever since she tried to latch onto the movement. She is self-serving.....as is Gingrich.

    January 28, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. mrgmorgan56

    This woman appears normal but it is evident she is retarded.

    January 28, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. Stopthemadness

    Well that settles it Newt is out when Sarah I will sue for you using my name picks a guy we all know he is the one to stay away from. Way to go Sarah you sunk his campaign lol!

    January 28, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. clarke

    It was nice of her to defend Newt, but I think he can take care of himself. All any of them have to do is be honest and stop ripping on each other and others. Mitt handled himself in the debate against Newt. Newt didn't know what to do because Mitt changed his game plan. Not that I would vote for either one, but that is the way I saw it.

    January 28, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  11. zippy

    i thought republicans always ate their young,, newt's wife looks really scary

    January 28, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. Peter

    She claims that history is being re-written. What does she know about history? What does she know about anything? Of course she's going to support the whackiest of the bunch. She's a wacko herself.

    January 28, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. farmerjohn

    The Repub's are implodeing and its going to go clear to the convention floor befor a Pres canidate is chosen.
    Does anyone remember the Repub convention of 1968 when we had fist fights in the main hal land roits in the streets?
    And then we got - Nixon.

    January 28, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. locohoya

    can't imagine why any serious candidate would want her endorsement. She was a joke in 2008 who has been reduced to a mere punchline today, like the old smith barney commercial "when Sarah speaks, nobody listens" ...

    January 28, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. m

    Just curious if the reagan legacy she screams about is the one that denied the existence of AIDS and all relevant funding? Is it the same reagan legacy that screamed for federal funding of medical research when ronnie's brain was a bowl of mush? Is it the same legacy that caused uncontrolled greed on Wall Street and funneled military supplies to the middle east?

    Newt is the most dangerous of the dangerous. None of the candidates have any ethical values. Most of all, Palin is nothing but a continuous quitter. She can't even get a big enough "set" to enter the primaries. She and her opinions are irrelevant.

    January 28, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. connieb

    Oh Good Heavens she's back thinking her opinion counts again.

    January 28, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. myfault

    Amusing. This website is infatuated and obsessed with Palin. She could be an administrative assistant in East Bumfuq, R.I. and she'd still get covered here. Probably because it brings out the best in everyone.

    January 28, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  18. JiminNM

    Perhaps the candidates' behavior is indicative of their lack of character, a common problem among politicians. Vote for Ron Paul, a man of integrity.

    January 28, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. yahmez the mad

    That settles it. If Sarah Palin is for GinGrinch, I am even more against him. This woman is an idiot and should not make decisions for America.

    January 28, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  20. Janie

    Sarah, please be quite. your intelligence is showing...............................

    January 28, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  21. Jane

    Cannibalism? Well, she should know a lot about that. An expert, really.

    January 28, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. rmtaks

    It's called the free market Palin. The free market means you can do anything to anyone because if you're powerful enough to do so you've "earned it."

    January 28, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  23. BIG Andy

    I still just want to sleep with Sarah....But I don't want her to speak.

    January 28, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. Johnny B. Goode

    Here comes Snowmobile Snookie again.

    January 28, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  25. rmtaks

    testing to see if all my comments are moderated or just the last one that contained 0 offensive language.

    January 28, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
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