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. Kevin

    It's natural that Palin endorses Gingrich. They are similarly out of touch and narcicistic, and in both cases their main skill is having a big mouth and playing loose with facts. Anyone with any intelligence will run away screaming at the mere thought of either of these people gaining power as leaders.

    January 28, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. lilbluepill

    hmmm funny how the "idiot" decries the career politicians and the "Washington" establishment during her brief political history but now backs the most established of the career politicians? talk about hypocracy...

    January 28, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Hawk in Texas

    Why is it that the republicans allways bring up reagan? he was a sorry president. the crap that nixon started reagan, bush1 and bush w. KEPT GOING TIL THEY HAVE NEARLY DESTROYED AMERICA. as for palin why call her governer she was only a half governer. reagan and bush 1 made a deal with iran to hold our hostages that were being held there until reagan could be sworn in office so he could take credit for their release. nixon, reagan. bush senior bush w. carl rove, dick cheney. donald rumsfield, and alberto gonzalez should all be rotting in prision for what they have done to this country.

    January 28, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. John

    To everyone here who badmouths this woefully under-qualified, ridiculous political pundit from Alaska, every time you so much as click on an article about her, you're telling CNN that you are interested in what she has to say.

    If we really want to get her out of the national spotlight we need to stop clicking; ignore her and she will go away. Alas, just by being here, I am as much a part of the problem as any of you.

    January 28, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Richard

    When and IF Newt wins..... will Calista be the "First Mistress?"

    January 28, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    I'm willing to bet Sarah Palin doesn't know anything about Saul Alinsky. It's just another buzzword. She's such a maverick.

    January 28, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. Susu

    When, oh when, is this woman ever going to go away? Just when a person thinks, "Gee, Palin hasn't been in the news lately...what a relief!", then suddenly she says something stupid that the media THINKS is newsworthy.

    January 28, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. Ron

    Somebody please tell Sarah Quayle to shutup and go away.

    January 28, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. AgrippaMT

    Poor dumb Sarah doesn't realize that the vast majority of decent Americans enjoy watching the Republicans devour one another. They are simply helping to ensure President Obama's reelection come November. Let's hope a grizzly eventually devours Sarah too.

    January 28, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. mark

    the woman just ought to start hooking again

    January 28, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. CD

    Palin is right, if anyone has discredited anyone its Gingrich discrediting himself as he just has to many problems especially when it concerns ethics or a lack there of or how do you explain a man who swears to love and honor his wife and then cheats on her and divorces her later and not just once but multiple times.
    And thats setting aside his ethical violations while he was in office which he had to pay a hefty fine for.
    Not to say Romney is much better though but atleast hes stayed faithful (that we know of because after all most of us though Edwards was faithful to and we were disappointed to learn otherwise) to his wife and atleast Romney seems willing to change his mind on things when he is presented with data,

    January 28, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Mark from Canda

    "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.


    Ha, ha – lol – ROFLMAO! – ooohhh. my sides, wiping tears of laughter from my eyes. I guess we all must be so thankful to have had Palin become known to human kind so that she could show us the way between the lies and the truth. Do you see why this lady is crazy. On one hand she thinks government should stay out of peoples lives, yet out of the other side of her mouth she things she is so blessed to involve herself (a political figure in government) in our personal lives to "enlighten" us on the nature of truth and reality. Palin's mind is filled with a fantasy as far a distortion from reality and truth. We might as well believe in the notion that hobbits, elves, and wizards roam the forests in northern Canada as the eye of Mordor stares through the dark and dangerous Tar Sands, through the pristine forests, destroying coastlines, and onto the promised land of ethical oil in China nonetheless.

    January 28, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. John the Mechanic

    It it is not surprising that Sarah Palin (the original, authentic Antiobama) feels a kinship, with Newt Gingrich. They (along with the Tea Party) have both been reviled and betrayed, by the invertebrate GOP Establishment. If it is necessary to remove Barack Obama from office, we can hold our noses and vote for Romney. What the sleazy, perfidious conduct of the Brahmin Republicans has cogently demonstrated, during this primary campaign, is that the nation's future lies with neither the Democrat nor the Republican Party. The future lies with independent conservatives.

    January 28, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. Demotage

    I know! Putting negative ads on TV is soooooooo Stalin! You tell 'em Sarah! I'm so happy that the queen of re-writing history is back to entertain us!

    January 28, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. thinkergal

    No, Rick. The oil profit shares to Alaska citizens was in place before Palin's stint as governor, which (as you recall) she ducked out on early.

    January 28, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. A Southern Lady

    Each time Mrs. Palin speaks, intelligent women cringe! I am at a loss for those the Republican party supports and showcases as their candidates. Palin and Bachmann who both lack any indication of intelligence. Newt Gingrich, the poster-boy for the party of "family values" who seems to have few, if any, values himself. Rick Santorum who appears to be runing for Pope. Rick Perry another not too smart Texas governor in the mode of George Bush. I don't understand – what has happened to the once-proud Republican party? This decline happened before The Tea Party carzies so they can not be blamed. it is indeed a mystery.

    January 28, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. Liz Baldwin

    Sarah, dear, give it up. You had your chance in politics and blew it. So, stick to ya shooten and ya fishin and stay away from politics. It's too big for you.

    January 28, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. L Pittman

    An endorsement by Palin for Newt could be the best thing that ever happened to Romney.

    I think what the majority of Americans would like to see now is a derate managing our Country. Most of the noise coming from the Republican side is from the far right and the big noise on the left is the Demorcrats. Newt is on that far right and won't have a chance of beating Obama.

    January 28, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. Deakon

    The fact this woman's thoughts are even a consideration shows the level to which the Republicans have fallen.

    January 28, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  20. needNewGov

    I wonder if it matters to Palin or the world who I would endorse for the GOP nomination.
    Todd endorses someone....who cares. Sarah endorses someone... pity that person and again...who cares.

    January 28, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  21. L Pittman

    Oops....what most I think Americans want is a "Moderate".

    January 28, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. deb

    Dear Sarah-OTHER THAN YOUR HAIR AND GLASSES-THERE ISN'T MUCH MORE WORTH TO YOU....REALLY!!! Might want to consider a career change.

    January 28, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  23. deb

    Dear Rick Dove-"...smarter than most..."? really-your vision is truly jaded. Although I hope the best for each person-Ms. Palin is the worst....and sadly...somewhat of a joke...because she espouses to be more than she really is.

    January 28, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  24. JohnOO7

    This is just another act in the GOP crash and burn circus.
    If Newt were elected, Palin would be called to serve as head of Dept of Inferior.

    January 28, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  25. JN

    I'm willing to bet my house that if asked to answer in detail who Aliinsky was and did, Palin would give us another SNL comedy sketch for the ages. She is clueless in all matters of political concern for the country.

    January 28, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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