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. SeriouslyBud

    Is there anything more sure to end a Presidential bid than a Palin endorsement???

    January 28, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. CBR

    Ms. Palin is correct that Republicans are fighting with each other. However, Ms. Palin participated in the war of words beginning January 20, 2009. She made so many remarks during the Presidential election and then continue to make her name know to the TEA Party. She traveled across America for this group. Their accusations and rhetoric were and are highly divisive. These candidates are just pushing the same agenda and pointing fingers in order to prove they are conservatives. None of them qualify for the party of Lincoln.

    January 28, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. Brian

    Palin is rooting for Gingrich and defending him so much because he has essentially guaranteed her a position should he be president. Not at all shady, real shake up to the establishment.

    January 28, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Thinkergal

    Amusing to see the Repubs eating their own. Not so amusing to watch Palin's pathetic attempts to remain relevant.

    January 28, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    She just doesn't like Romney because she's a fundamental Christian who doesn't believe LDS members are Christians.

    January 28, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. Rick Dove

    Palin is smarter than most. How many people have defeated the republican establishment (in Alaska) and then defeated Exxon (oil giant) by forcing them to share profits with alaskan citizens. Most of the hate on this website is based on ideology and not an unbiased look at what Palin has actually done.

    January 28, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. MaxNatoma

    Who cares what she has to say?

    January 28, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. rmws

    It is to bad that Newt turned to populist anti-capitalist rhetoric in order to try and appeal to social conservatives that may be wary of "walls street types". Newt and the super PACs that support him have confused the issue over what is good and bad capitalism. They have made some normal market operations always bad capitalism, even if they are a product of free market activities.

    http://www.examiner.com/bloomington-economic-policy-in-springfield/good-capitalism-vs-bad-capitalism

    January 28, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. JohansenRJ

    I'm SURE that McCain regrets having picked Palin as his VP running mate. Anybody who thinks that her opinion is of any consequence needs to read about her in Game Change. I wish she would just GO AWAY!

    January 28, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    like ignoring rape cases that sat on her desk because her daddy's tallywakcer jumped in a hole it wasn't suppose to? or how the jr did the same thing in hs as her daughter did – apple doesn't fall far from the tree and the Palins crucify those they cannot forget.

    January 28, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. parkmore

    Who wants to listing to her. She does not say anything and when she does, it's empty

    January 28, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. NanookoftheNorth

    To all you Palin haters out there.....this 'nanook' would gladly give you a lift on my polar bear back for a swim across the Bering ...and drop you off in Russia ;-)

    January 28, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. OKTOGO77

    Who is Sarah Palin to talk about ANYONE else's record?! Her own speaks volumes, and none of it good – just ask the citizens of Alaska...

    January 28, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. AntiPalinAlaskan

    Cannibalism?

    wow...

    Guess that tells us why nobody has seen Huntsman in a couple of weeks.

    January 28, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. CG

    Yes Mrs. Palin, we must be careful not to put Republican candidates out on the national stage again without first engaging in a thorough vetting process.

    January 28, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. Cactus

    Has been so peaceful without Palin. Wonder if she can still see Russia from her house. Please lady your 15 minutes were up long ago. Maybe you can co host a daytime show on Oprah's network. Political Wannabees and other losers

    January 28, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. PTBarnumboy

    Who is this person again?

    January 28, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Palin's Moon Base

    Why anyone is still listening to this person is beyond me. She has Sh!@ for brains. She needs to be thinking of looney colony not lunar colony.

    January 28, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Deni

    As usual the Queen of Crosshairs has nothing of value to contribute, just more vain attempts at trying to get in the spotlight. She is vile and earns all of the mocking and criticism she receives.

    January 28, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. BunnyBunny

    I used to like John McCain. But then he brought this shrieking hillbilly to the forefront. GO AWAY Sarah, everyone knows your shtick now. You are not cute no more, just OLD.

    January 28, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. JoeT

    I utterly disagree with this woman in almost every stance she takes. Yet in this case, she makes a bit of sense; must be opposite day.

    January 28, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Richard

    Palin reminds us that the only thing missing from the traveling circus that is the Republican primaries is her own brand of nonsense.

    January 28, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. JimAR

    Newt/Palin 2012. She quit in the middle of her term as Governor; he quit in the middle of his term as Speaker of the House. Both quit when the heat was tuned up and they were the subject of ethics investigations.

    January 28, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. JimAR

    Americans don't vote for quitters.

    January 28, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. Raygene

    The Village Idiot is back...

    January 28, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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