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. bnfl

    Hey Sarah go put your head in the sand and take newt with you, Romney will be are next president. Sarah don't have the guts to endorse anyone, She wants to play games with people!! She needs to go back to Alaska because the republican party can do without her

    January 28, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. CT

    The only reson Palin is against Romney is his Mormon faith. He could be ultra-conservative but that Mormon faith is a deal breaker for these fringe Christian nutters.

    January 28, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Newt is Human Filth & So Is Palin

    If Sarah Palin wants to end cannibalism in the GOP she ought to shut her mouth about the most beloved and successful Governor in our country, Chris Christie, who has balanced a budget, cut taxes for ALL citizens and whats more important, he never delivered some pathetic and lame excuse about leaving office. he stays. He keeps his word. All Palin can do is spew stupidity from the sidelines. She invalidated her opinion the minute things got too tough for Ms. Precious and she booked it ou tof office to go make a buck and stifle the country more than she has already. She is the one who should man up and not get her panties in a bundle (if a man ever spoke that way of Palin, she'd be wailing about discrimination, all the while playing the mainstream media like a fiddle. She is on the worst Americans to have ever lived.

    January 28, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. paul.cos

    This woman would know cannibalisim,she would eat her young.What people are looking at here is the single defining factor of why the republicans will not win this year and why their party is a far right hot mess of crazy christians,and gun toting doomsday prophets,who love ripping into each other and making it esay for the dems to win based on logic and really no one being as insane as this party.Thankyou sarah for dumbing down politics and thank you johhny boy for picking her as VP.I think johnny boy works for the dems.

    January 28, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. steven harnack

    So when was Palin in "some tough and heated contested" (more mangled English) primaries? These people live in a fantasy world. I also like the bit about how she is not endorsing any particular candidate. Gee, I sure wonder who she wants to win.

    January 28, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. John

    whaaaa. look at me! look at me! whaaaaaaaaaaa! I want attention! I want money!

    January 28, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Clegg Thorple

    Like many groups Mormons lie cheat & steal, they are merely more tactical about it and more evasive too.

    January 28, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Bob

    Why does this ultra annoying, ultra right wing bigot keep running her mouth? No one really cares who she endorses. I personally hope all of the Tea Party members listen to her and do vote for Newt in the primary. That way he'll get the nod and have to face Obama in the debates. I am anxiously awaiting Obama giving the good old Pillsbury Dough Boy a good "shellaking"!!

    January 28, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. Juan Torres

    the moon landing never happened. google this "moon landing hoax" make your own decision.

    January 28, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. bailee

    Sorry Sarah!! Looks like your "vision" for getting a foot into the White House, serving as VP, just isn't in the cards!!! Perhaps you can talk Newt into having his own reality show!! Then the two of you can count your millions and invest them in Freddy and Fanny, by way of a "blind trust"!! Does this sound familiar???????????

    January 28, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. GOP Insider

    Many in the GOP Party would like to see Sarah join Newt and the Third Lady at his Moon Base.

    Some have suggested that Mitt promise Sarah and Newt Diplomatic roles if Newt withdraws from the race and Sarah muzzles herself. The dominatnt suggestion is first Ambassadors of the Lunar Colony

    January 28, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. GOP Insider

    For the second time Sarah has picked the wrong dead horse in the race

    January 28, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Hali

    She should endorse Newt and that would be the end of him. "What do you think about Bush doctrine?", Sarah's reply:"In what respect, Charlie? You mean his world view?"

    January 28, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Alaskan Sourdough

    I kept hoping for months that this moron would just go away, maybe to some deserted island where no one would ever hear from her again. I thought my dreams had come true until Miss "Dumber than a box of rocks" opens her mouth again for some attention.
    Go away Sarah, just go away.

    January 28, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. fandancy

    I actually feel sorry for the Republicans. This poor pathetic little thing just won't go away. Kind of like stink on shet.

    January 28, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. Jay

    She is just wetting her pants over the fact that old Newt boy said that if he is elected she will have a seat at his table – – too bad she doesn't realize the old Newt will do anything say anthing to be President. After he wins – she will ring him up for her seat at his table and she will find out that it is at his next fundraiser and it will cost her $ 5,000!

    January 28, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. JDLB

    "What we saw with this ridiculous opposition dump on Newt was nothing short of Stalin-esque re-writing of history."

    It's a safe bet that Palin doesn't have a clue about history and just drops impressive sounding phrases and words into her speech so that her equally clueless fans might actually mistake her for an intellectual.

    January 28, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. K. in Florida

    I have a feeling, John McCain while out currently stumping for Williard Romney is a tab bit embarrassed by Mrs. Sarah Stupid as you know what Palin out or on fox news and facebook pleading the case for Mr. Gingrich....

    So I have but one question for Mr. John McCain, given the current Ambigous situation of your support for Williard Romney, and Sarah Palins support of Newton Gingrich.......How's the vetting of Sarah Palin thingy working out for YA..?

    January 28, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. Q is for Quitter


    Since you are so good at quitting, please quit interjecting yourself into our lives?

    Thank you very much!


    The American People

    January 28, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. Emma

    I truly believe this is about Sarah wanting something from Gingrich, like a ticket to Washington without being elected.

    January 28, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. mirted

    I believe her comments are right on. Amazing how little grit and how quick to judgment these folks who buy into the MSM smears are. I suppose it's because it supports their political world view. They are not likely to vote for any republican anyway. Let them stay in Rev. Wright's church of thought.

    The time for the candidates to criticize each other is over. They should, by now, distinguish themselves from one another by focusing on Obama's agenda and how they each would counter it and repair the economy. Voters can interpret the differences in the candidates approaches and decide which of the candidates is best suited for the job.

    January 28, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. iminim

    Gingrich discredited himself long before he wound up in the 2012 primaries.

    January 28, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. Becky

    Pretty interesting that she endorses him right after he says she might have a place in his administration!

    January 28, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  24. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It was Gingrich, who in 2008, when asked the question about Palin being VP, said she needs to study among other things to be a viable politician, looks like she hasn't taken his advice. Palin for once is spot on because cannibalism is a subject she knows well having done the exact same thing in McCain's attempt to the WH and anyone she backs she will create the same for them.

    January 28, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. Chuck

    Just when you thought stupid was gone.......ugh

    January 28, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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