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. gimmesometruth

    Great! Sarah is one of my the most astute and principled politicians in this country. True, true,true.

    January 28, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. AllThatsLeft

    His world view Charlie???

    January 28, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Bob

    And why might Mrs. Palin still be relevant?

    January 28, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. JoseTheWrangler

    Yeah, the vicious tactic of showing the public the simple facts. Palin and Gingrich are both demagogues. They love to rant, hate to think, and can't stand being called out on their lies and distortions. No wonder she likes him!

    January 28, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Mike Botwin

    This is why you shouldn't drink and post to Facebook. Nobody has to cannibalize Gingrich – he does that every time he opens his mouth, just like Sarah Palin does. A U.S. colony on the moon? Really Sarah? Gingrich left congress with as much disdain as Palin cut short her term as Alaska's governor. Perhaps that's why she likes him and is lobbying so desperately to be on his ticket. Sorry Sarah, it isn't going to happen for him or you.

    January 28, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. former democrat

    Just stay out of it Sarah. You bet on the wrong horse.

    January 28, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. Mike Buck

    Palin, the master of getting cheers from the Jerry Springer crowd, used the phrase "beyond the pale"? She has either been taking speech lessons or wintering in Alaska.

    January 28, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. Pat

    So desperate to stay in the media......as desperate and as amoral as gingrich.........and, yes...........romney.

    January 28, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. Bdog

    Gingrich has promised her a position in his government. She has always had dreams of being in the White House in some capacity. This was her last chance. She isn't relevant to the debate now and never was. She Who Should Not Be Named, has become an annoying footnote in history and she can't stand it.

    January 28, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. TJeff1776

    If we vote Romney in, then we will not have to worry about Palin and hubby again. Its worth it.

    January 28, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    "swift boat Gingrich" ??? Look, it's no one's fault but his own that Newtmare Gingrich's past is filled with lying, adultery, pettiness and disgrace. It's all public record – and as a historian, he (and you) should be able to appreciate the need to honestly look at the past, warts and all.

    January 28, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. matrix09

    And she is suddenly suprised that the animals in the Republican Party would eat their own? Republicans would fry up grandma and their own kids if there was a buck in it for them.

    January 28, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Are You Kidding?

    Sarah Palin backing Newt now that's rich.....she is unelectable by herself...or doesn't have the guts to run for the job herself....and she goes after Mitt Romney and the Republicans that have come out against him. She resigned as gov of Alaska because they were coming after her.....the they in that case were the other republicans in the state legislator....for ethics violations....she does have something in common with the Newt...no morals or ethics..........and she helping Obama get reelected.........by her actions way to go Sarah!

    January 28, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. deaconeliz

    Some of these ... so called leaders ... of the GOP must be consulting a special thesaurus to find the most explosive ...demoagogic ....irresponsible ...words to use in politics.

    January 28, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Eye of Newt

    The republican party is awash in cheap, self-serving hypocrisy and ripping itself apart. What could make it worse?

    You guessed it! Sarah "The Circus Clown" Palin! Saying exactly the wrong things, encouraging exactly the wrong candidate. Wonderful! Sarah, America needs you! Keep it up.

    January 28, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. gimmesometruth

    Palin-Gingrich, Third Party Ticket. Yes, I can dig it.

    January 28, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. snowdogg

    Palin? Didn't she lose something a while back? Can't quite remember!

    January 28, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. Jim

    As a democrate I whole heartely agree with Sarah Palin – Newt Gingrich should be the GOP nominee.

    January 28, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. Kris

    First off, who cares what Palin says. She couldn't even finish her stint as governor. Secondly, it is the nature of the beast that candidates go after one another. Where has she been living? Gingrich is great at hitting below the belt, so what is she talking about?

    January 28, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Stu

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

    Wonder who conjured up this zinger for the ditz?

    January 28, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. $arah Palin is a dimwit

    Let's offer up Sarah to the cannibals and see if they would eat her. I think it might leave a bad taste in their mouth.

    January 28, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. BeverlyNC

    Republicans have self-destructed and we have been seeing their hate of the People for the past 3 years. They are all going to beaten in landslides around the nation. Instead of tortruring us with their constant lies and everchanging positions, – just concede to Obama so real work for the People can continue by President Obama. Republicans – donate all your Citizens United corporate corrupt money back to our education system you have destroyed and shut up and go away. We could use a break from your hate, negativity, and lies for a change.

    January 28, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. GaryOwen27

    We don't want anything to do with the Red Neck right. Why would we want to go back to the 2001 – 2008 era? An era of disaster for the USA.

    January 28, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. billy

    This woman still doesn't realize we don't give a hoot about what she says or thinks-fact!

    January 28, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. JacBNimble

    Wasn't her 15 minutes up 3 years ago?

    Seriously, she is clueless and I guess in favor of more big government progressives running the country. Newt has no values, aside from Newt.

    January 28, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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