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. Conrack

    "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."

    And don't forget the ugly.

    January 27, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  2. tykl

    she wasn't governor for a full term in the 4th least populated state – why is she weighing in on presidential elections?

    January 27, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  3. Martha in CF

    Ms Palin needs to go back to Alaska. She is a has been or better yet, never was..................

    Obama/Biden 2012

    January 27, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  4. John

    This right here Is why Saran Palin Is so dumb. No body has Discredit Newt Gingrich ,but Newt Gingrich. It was Newt Gingrich that cheated on two wife and It was Newt Gingrich that work for Fannie Mac has a lobbyist. And It Newt Gingrich that Is Lying all the Time. And now that he got you taking for him make him have even a less chance of winning. So the best thing for everyone Saran Palin Is for you to just stop talking because nobody care about what you think.

    January 27, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  5. Arthur

    Former Governor Palin please shut up and go away! Why don't you quit again!

    January 27, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  6. GetReal

    The way this half-baked governator lies, it's a darn golly-gosh good thing she has a "get out of Hell free card". Psst..Sarah, you DO KNOW what he's gonna make you do for that Cabinet position, don't cha??

    January 27, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  7. gimmesometruth

    As usual, Sarah is right. I believe doing the right thing is the right thing to do. Why such little trust in the American people, Republican establishment? It will backfire, I am sure. Romney is doing himself in as he smears a fellow Republican – he will have no defense when Democrats do it to him. Live by the smear and die by the smear.

    January 27, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  8. MWM

    Why should the republicans not lash out at a candidate who keeps promising to destroy the status quo?

    January 27, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  9. Bushper

    Hey Mittens with your job creation record in full view both as governor of a state and Bain CEO, you have got nothing on President Obama. OK. And by the way how many jobs did you create with those accounts you hid in foreign banks. You are a "REAL" patriot Mr Mitt R-MONEY.

    January 27, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  10. Layin' Low

    So, when there's a Palin story the hate will begin from the hateful left in.......3........2........1

    January 27, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  11. Bushper

    Mitt Romney's job creation record as governor was abysmal, his state ranked 47th in the nation. This is a record only Mitt Romney could be proud of.

    January 27, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  12. george of the jungle

    this woman is not relavent . The repo party just gets crazier by the day. Do you really want one of these clowns representing the USA???

    January 27, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  13. carolyn brown

    I am a democrate and I will be voting for O bama but if Obama could not get it i gurantee you I would want Ginigrich to get it . The news people are trying to put Rommey in the president chair it will never happen i would bet you on that I go along with Palin on that you think people is going to be bought and paid for by Rommey you are far off base . We have enough people that over 60 years old in the united states that will either vote democrate or put Ginigrich in the white house but it will never be Rommy forget it Gloria Bolger you are not as smart as you think you are if you think anybody wants a millionare or a Morman for president you do not know the united state people like I do it aint going to happen so give it up all the smear ads are making people mad and angry we have more sence than letting some idiots pick the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES GET REAL

    January 27, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  14. LMA

    When someone has an opinion that's different from Palin's, she cries foul. I don't know anyone who finger-points, accuses, and calls names as well as this screeching sea hag. I'm so glad she's doesn't hold political office anymore.

    January 27, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  15. WhereIsPalin

    There she is!! Stupid as ever.

    January 27, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  16. K. in Florida

    This woman knows this country is tired of her stupidity and HYPOCRASY....!

    This is the same person that used personal attacks against the President and his wife, thats fine with her and her robotic followers, I mean she has the nerve to complain about something that she has engaged in for the last 3 years....

    I also thinks she knows a large percentage of America see's right through her small minded brain, this woman is PATHETIC, please go away, no one takes you seriously MRS Death Panel, Palling around with Terrorist stupid woman....!

    January 27, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  17. Larry L

    When the GOP tries to please the extreme right-wing and the uber-rich rather than work toward America's problems they can expect fragmentation at the national-level. Palin is of course a moron, yet she exposes a larger problem. It's tough to make public statements geared towards a small fragment of the population then appease the general population when the campaign goes national. You can't be a Fox News conservative and a moderate with pragmatic solutions in today's media-based political environment. We are watching the implosion of the Republican Party.

    January 27, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  18. DENNA

    Yep, it figures Sarah would endorse that nut case. Again, I have never seen the GOP is such a mess. It seems to have started when McCain tried to bamboozle the country into voting for him and Caribou Barbie and it has gotten worse. That gave rise to those Tea Party nuts who elected those idiots who don't know when to fight the president and when to agree. They continually fight him, to the detriment of the entire country. My prediction is that when the country finally implodes, there will be a GOPer in the White House.

    January 27, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  19. Truthiness

    Well if Palin endorses Gingrich I been won over. I still would only support Dr. Paul in the GOP field but he's not going to win.

    January 27, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  20. Aaron

    It's awake again. Someone must have said her name three times like it takes to get Candyman to appear.

    January 27, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  21. Peter

    Palin's opinion is usally wrong. We didn't need her near the White House, nor should we have Gingrich in it.

    January 27, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  22. Sally

    Hey Sarah! No one cares that you think a pompous man who cheats on his wives is somehow more 'conservative' than a man who has been faithful to one wife and actually worked in business. Your reasons are flawed; your adoration of Reagan misplaced, and frankly, your endorsements are meaningless. Go home, raise your kids, and be a grandmother to how many now? Oh, and it would be a plus if one of your children actually stayed in school long enough to graduate.

    January 27, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  23. Mt man

    Sucks for newt.

    January 27, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    It is sad to see the "establishment" try to control the outcome, and in effect disenfranchise the voters.

    January 27, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  25. Thomas

    Thanks Sarah.....Hi from Glen You know in college Glen Rice...
    Yes I agreed with you about Gingrich...I respect the affairs he has had to.

    January 27, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
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