Las Vegas (CNN) – Though Sarah Palin has recently endorsed several political candidates, she has yet to give an official nod to Mitt Romney. And on Friday, as she rallied conservative bloggers toward “victory in 2012” –- Palin didn’t even mention Romney’s name.
The former Alaska governor gave the keynote speech on the opening night of the RightOnline conference in Las Vegas -– a gathering of conservative leaders and new media activists. About 1,000 people descended on the city to attend the group’s fifth annual event.
Much of Palin’s speech was aimed at encouraging the grassroots activists ahead of the November elections.
“Without you there probably wouldn’t be a tea party movement,” Palin said. “Thus no 2010 electoral victory, thus no hope for victory in 2012.”
She did not mention Romney as part of that potential victory.
Palin has praised Romney in the past. At one point during the Republican primary, she told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace that Romney was “a great candidate.” Yet during that same interview, Palin took some swipes at the former Massachusetts governor.
"I trust that his idea of conservatism is evolving, and I base this on a pretty moderate past that he has had, even in some cases a liberal past,” Palin said. "I am not convinced [of Romney's conservatism] and I don’t think that the majority of GOP and independent voters are convinced.”
During the primaries, Palin spoke well of Newt Gingrich, admitting in March that she voted for the former House Speaker in Alaska’s caucuses. More recently, Palin’s political action committee, SarahPac, has listed her endorsements of Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch in his re-election battle, and senate hopefuls Ted Cruz of Texas, Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Richard Mourdock of Indiana.
Palin could help Romney, indirectly, in other ways. One way: firing up the base and possibly independents with a steady diet of anti-President Obama red meat.
While accusing the mainstream media of not properly vetting the president, Palin said: “We would have known, had the media done its job, of his strange attraction to the most leftist -– radical of leftist ideas.” And seizing on a hot button issue, the former Alaska governor charged, “If [the news media] had done their job, perhaps we would not be shocked to know that our White House would politicize national security by leaking highly confidential information to prop up the polls.”
Last week, the president broadly dismissed such claims.
"The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive, it's wrong, and people, I think, need to have a better sense of how I approach this office and how the people around me approach this office," Obama said.
Palin was also relentless in her attacks against the media. Large chunks of her speech were devoted to blasting reporters for, what she called “lies.”
“According to news reports over these years, shoot, by now - I guess I should’ve been divorced how many times?” Palin said. “And under FBI investigation. And living in Montana. Or the Hamptons. Lately it’s been the Hamptons. It is still a great mystery: who really is Trig Paxon Van Palin’s real mother?”
Meanwhile, some of Palin’s zings were directed at members of her own party.
As she hailed last year’s pro-Gov. Scott Walker rallies in Wisconsin, Palin said: “Remember, while we were in Wisconsin defending tough, needed fiscal reform, some back in the establishment in [Washington] D.C., they were already walking back their promises to cut $100 billion dollars from deficit.”
In the 2010 midterm elections, House Republicans promised to cut $100 billion in spending, something they did not achieve.
“The permanent political class broke promises that they never intended to keep,” she said.
And as she praised the work of the conservative bloggers and new media activists – calling them “an army of Davids against the Goliath of the old media that still wants to deceive” - Palin urged them to keep their grassroots street cred.
“Whatever the outcome is in November, please do not get co-opted by the permanent political class,” Palin said. “You need to stay outside of the machine…stay outside the political establishment in order to hold them accountable.”
Palin did attempt to lighten the mood during her speech. At one point, she used a play on words between polls - and poles.
Now here we are in Vegas, and you know – like in Vegas – and in Washington too, they talk a lot about polls. There are a lot of poles in Vegas,” Palin said, eliciting laughter from the crowd.
“The White House likes to cite polls in their recent reports - especially because the figures involved in those polls are usually augmented, too.”
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Such a nonentity-WHY do I even open these; they just make me angrier and more discouraged about the intelligence of her "supporters."
Let's give everyone in the GOP a one-way ticket to Alaska, and then just let them have the state. I bet they would find the climate as cold as their hearts.
This is the same person who criticized Obama for reading from a telepromter?
Maybe someday soon we'll no longer hear Palin's name either.
This woman gives me constipation.
Palin forgot to mention Mitt, because she 'FORGOT' to write his name on her hand.
attacks the media REALLY....because they keep covering her is the only reason she has any type of following at all. If they would stop maybe she'd just go away. If she is a born again Christian as she claims to be, she should read the parts of the Bible about respecting the people who are in positions of authority. I think this is my biggest frustration with the GOP claiming to be God fearing Christians who bash the President at every turn. I am so tired of of the disrespect shown by all of the GOP who claim to hate big government but so badly want to be a part of it. How does that work? While I was not a fan of President Bush I still respected the position and the office. It is a sad and disheartening to me to see how disrespectful everyone has become of the Office of President.
Why does Palin keep bouncing back into CNN news? She has absolutely no credibility, except for the 7 people that still want to see her elected. She is naieve, rude, self-centered, cruel, and vindictive. These traits are made even worse by her own shortcomings. She is throwing stones when she lives in a glass house. Go away, Sarah. I saw your books in a book store the other day. They originally cost $25.00. They were marked down to $2.50. And they still weren't selling. Need any other indicators of what America thinks of you?
It's obvious she was the one that was not prperly vetted. Although, it is funny to watch her attack just about everyone now. Almost like a caribou that has been surrounded by a pack of wolves... she jump out at anything that will try and save her own relevancy. How's that for an analogy she could understand? That and "where's the beef?" I'm not seeing anything solid to campaign on.
Run, Sarah, run. Don't stop until you plunge into the ocean and swim to Japan.
Who is Sarah Palin ?
good lord are we still listening to this half term governor ? And she is relavent because? Her kid has a reality show . She has had a reality show and the complaine about the president. What is so smart christian and important about this person. Give it a rest. every time she needs money she reserfaces.
WOW 1000 idiots in one place wOW
Sarah Palin needs to get more involved in this election. I am concerned that without her active participation Obama may end up loosing the election.
Stupidity knows no boundaries.
I don't believe this woman has a positive thought in her head. All she know is hate.
Sarah Palin. What a total waste of time and energy, total narcissist.
Who cares what she thinks anymore.
Can she please just go away?
It is said that people listen to her. She never has anything new or anything of substance to say. Her Obama bashing is very, very, old new, as is her "lamestream media" Since she was not properly vetted, she tries to direct that attention to someone else. She is the reason that the vetting process is under such scrutiny!!! And she has the gall to talk about deception???!!
I can't believe this buffoon of a woman is still going around the country speaking, and even more astounding is that some people actually listen to her. I hope the good folks in Vegas didn't pay any money to hear this fumbler!
again, Palin is news, why? Oh yeah, got to plug her kids TV program highlighting how much "fun" it is to be an unwed teenage mother. Fun? Only if you have the new found Palin $ millions! Why can't these rubes just go away and leave the serious problems of governing to serious people?
why is anyone still listening to this mindless fool?
Palin is a traitor to her own party. Romney doesn't need her.
If there ever was a more disgusting politician than Palin, it would be hard to find, except for the lie telling Romney and Grover Norquist's disgusting hold on the republicans, but Palin is probably the worst.She is so afraid of the media finding out that she actually has a small brain and what there is of it is so mired in hatred for a media who tells the truth. She mentions telling the truth which is Interesting since the republicans have trouble with that.When will this woman just go away and stop trying to look intelligent when she just comes off stupid as usual.Her screechy voice is enough to send people running.
Sarah is just doing what see does best...bashing the president when he is not there to dispute her nor defend himself. And her not even mentioning the name of Mitt Romney should let you know how folks like here really feel about him.