Palin decries GOP 'cannibalism,' defends Gingrich
January 27th, 2012
07:48 PM ET
3 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. Maryellen

    Palin, shut up and go away. It's been wonderful not having you in our faces every night and every day. You are a hater and most people don't give a darn what you have to say!

    January 28, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  2. Vader

    Who is this person and why should I care?

    January 28, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  3. aldol

    In the past i forced myself to vote for horrible candidates such as Bush 1, dole, Bush 2, McCain, but there is no way i will go to vote if Romney is the GOP candidate. I am so disgusted with the leadership of the GOP that i will change my registration to independent> Romney will lose against Obama, he is a target reach territory:
    Bain capital, Mormon, 14% tax rate, Swiss and Cayman bank accounts, he can't put two words together, he repeats one liners that someone else prepared for him. GOP leadership wants to lose this election as well just like 2008

    January 28, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  4. Dennis B.

    The threat of Sarah Palin being involved in a Gingrich administration is sufficient reason to see that Gingrich does not get the nomination.

    January 28, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  5. Irma in north Carolina

    Are we goimg to have to look and listen to this biimbo now till the election is over. She just wants Newt to win cause he said he was gioing to give her a important postion. This will cause the voters not to vote for Newt. We dont need her any where near DC.

    January 28, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  6. Scott

    why would anyone want an indorsement from this nut case

    January 28, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  7. diridi

    oh....please stop this witch....please, please. please. I am tired of her.

    January 28, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  8. Ron

    LOL. Sarah, you helped to bring in the era of republican cannibalism! This about the tea party versus the republican establishment. The chess game is about which party takes power in the GOP, make no mistake about it. Both sides have fielded candidates (pawns) they are willing to sacrafice in order to destroy the other side. If Newt wins the nomination, the tea party wins power. If Romney wins, the establishment wins power. Never mind that neither of these two have a chance of beating the president in Nov. It's not about this election. It's a power struggle.

    January 28, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  9. brian in denver

    Never thought it would happen, but I agree w/ the uber-bimbo on this one. The GOP is a circular firing squad this campaign cycle.

    January 28, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. keeth

    This from the woman who encourages the belief that political opponents are the enemy within. Now that it's happening to the GOP, she's suddenly appalled? She helped create this political climate of hate. Congrats, Sarah. You just might be handing Obama a second term.

    January 28, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. Ambrose Smith

    C'mon Sarah! Admit 2 things: YOU ARE ENDORSING GINGRICH and YOU WOULD NEVER VOTE FOR A MORMON. You are so transparent.

    January 28, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. sensible

    What is it with Sarah and 'older men'?

    January 28, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. Maine LIberal

    Heated Primary - must be when she ran for hillbilly (mayor) of wasilla

    Alinsky tactics at their worst - Sarah can you name one tactic or know who he his ?

    January 28, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. Ted

    Will someone buy this woman a new watch, apparently her's is broken because she does not know that her 15 min. were up a long time ago.

    January 28, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. M-W-T

    Palin is dumber than rick perry....why would anyone listen to this bimbo?

    January 28, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. GI Joe

    "White on Rice".

    Yep, she's the authority on everything.

    January 28, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. Dina

    Sarah...who? Ask her if the world is 6,000 years old. Please! And ask her if cannibalizing a fellow GOP is worse than her cannibalizing of so many of her fellow Americans.

    January 28, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. hypatia

    Oh good grief! Her? AGAIN?

    January 28, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. buffalo

    Wow. you're really digging for a story here, huh? Who cares what this used-up twit thinks?

    January 28, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. GI Joe

    She, like her "sista" Jan Brewer are just looking to line their own pockets with the money they can make from the haters by spreading hate.

    January 28, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Carol

    The bimbo speaks. She canibalized her supporters when she took their money and did not run.

    January 28, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. TK

    Lies about her in 2008? She opened her mouth and that was all we needed to know the truth about her. As McCain's own staff said, "she knows nothing". And it is still true! Bye bye now hon.

    January 28, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Personally, I am all for letting the Republicans eat each other.

    January 28, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. she said wah????

    Pot Kettle Black

    You Betcha

    January 28, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. she said wah????

    He said "White on Rice"

    funny, how did that make it past the moderator.

    January 28, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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