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. Phil T. Listener

    It's still all about her. She is so self centered that is her only point of reference.
    She brushes aside the tactics she used to portray our president as un-american, radical and "pallin' around with terrists". Meanwhile she was associated with the Alaskan group who wanted to secede from the union. Pathetic.

    From the article:

    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."

    January 27, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. peter wilson

    strongly I condem the word she used crucification.this word not supposed to be used in politics.It hurt many christian
    feelings.

    January 27, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. Brian

    Who care what she thinks! Seriously. . . She's been discredited in every way and she's by no means an expert in. . . anything.

    January 27, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. Rick

    Palin questions inconsistencies in Romney's record, but she sees no problem with Newt's record? Clueless. If Palin were truly a "voice" of conservatives, she would back Santorum, not Gingrich.

    January 27, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  5. brad5013

    The only difference between Sarah and Newt is one is smart and crooked while the other is an idiot and crooked . . .

    January 27, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  6. pkrbkr

    does anyone care about what Sarah thinks anymore? Or did we ever? she is not the sharpest tack in the drawer now or was never! Please, Sarah, go back to Alaska and the tundra!

    January 27, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  7. tiredofit

    Yeah, well the drunk down the street said something entirely different. C'mon CNN – just stop with the coverage of this woman's irrelevant opinions.

    January 27, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  8. notogop

    Why does she keep crawling from under her rock. I can believe she would be for Nitwit Newt...birds of a feather. However, if Newt were to get elected (BIG IF), maybe Sarah and the rest of the Adams Family would be in line for that trip to the moon. She could be governor of the Great State of Lunacy!

    January 27, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  9. Shirlene

    Sarah, you lied to us in your first national address....repeatedly. I haven't believed a word you've said since.

    January 27, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Why do we care what Sarah Palin thinks or has to say?

    January 27, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  11. PTBarnumboy

    If anyone should know a thing or two about cannibals it's this woman. Her and The Newster make a great couple – two con artists making a great living off the ignorance of the masses.

    January 27, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  12. Terry

    Do we really care what Sarah Palin thinks or says?

    January 27, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. Thomas

    She's right .

    Dinosaurs and Cannibalism.

    January 27, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  14. Judas

    Palin said the mainstream pillorying of Gingrich was "Alinsky tactics at their worst". Who else is thinking that up until about a week ago Palin not only had never heard of Saul Alinksy, but had no idea what role he played in the political history of our country? This is much like Palin’s over-the-top drama queen martyrdom moment last year when she foolishly used the term “blood libel”, and her teenage daughter’s use of the words “canard” and “incredulity” while pitching a Facebook hissy fit directed at Keith Olbermann - there’s absolutely no way in hell this vacuous harpy or her offspring could ever come up with this unbelievable crap on their own. What a phony!

    January 27, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  15. Mark

    Yawn... snore...
    Who cares what this woman has to say.

    January 27, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  16. MaryM5

    Palin, the loser, does not know what the **** she is talking about

    January 27, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  17. John

    If I were Romney, I would be relieved Sarah wasn't supporting me.

    January 27, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  18. Ann

    Gingrich and Palin are both after the money. They both have self serving interest!

    January 27, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    Hmmmm - cannibalism? Is that worse than Limp and Impotent?

    So much hate is such a tiny person. Nothing but pure unadulterated hate. How awful it must be to be her.

    January 27, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  20. Q

    The Queen of Tea. The kiss of Death. Bye Bye Newt...

    January 27, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  21. Jackson

    "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.

    ________

    Stupid Sarah,

    Please explain to us how Gingrich cheating on wife 1 with wife 2, and then cheating on wife 2 with wife 3 demonstrates anything remotely resembling "conservative principles".

    January 27, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. Wylie-Mike

    Why does she defend one of the cannibals?

    January 27, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  23. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Dear Sarah.....she never was very smart..... According to Websters, a cannibal is" one who eats human flesh.'!! Now we know she probably knows this, but she is so quick to put her own slant on things that one must wonder. I'm curious.....she's been quiet for so long....wonder what woke her up...surely she's not planning on running for something other than a bus!!!.....OH I KNOW.....SHE HASN'T HAD HER FACE ON CAMERA FOR MONTHS......That's it!!!!!OK Sarah.........here you are!!!!!!!!

    January 27, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. FIELD1stSGT

    You tell them Sarah. I will believe you until I am blue in the face. your the person for the United States and should be President. I can wait for 4 years but please give it considerable thought. Do not pay any attention to the dirt mongers who support Obama they are so foolish they have no ideal that he is only using them to destroy America. WE WILL OVERCOME. PALIN President 2016

    January 27, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  25. Jack Tors

    Glad to see she's still wearing those MC HAMMER glasses. Must have the HAMMER just rolling in the royalites.

    January 27, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
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