June 16th, 2012
08:04 AM ET
2 years ago

No mention of Romney as Palin serves up anti-Obama red meat

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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soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. jean

    she is complaining about the lack of vetting of the President? Isnt that the pot calling the kettle black?

    June 16, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Joe M

    one day soon the teapucs will say: WE KILLED US

    June 16, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. DJ Reality

    Palin is one spent something

    June 16, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Linda Mash

    Oh please... Sarah, the dimwit! !!Start asking questions of people who are in the loop and have a clue. This woman lacks credibility and brains.

    June 16, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. snowdogg

    Reading the headline w/Palin's name in it was enough to make me want to gag!

    June 16, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Joe M

    there is so much hate in the tea republican conservitive party they even hate each other TO MANY CHIEFS and NOT ONE INDIAN

    June 16, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    ►TRENDING: No mention of Romney as Palin serves up anti-Obama red meat◄
    But yet she continues to be in the news and like her partner McCain can't accept the "agony of defeat"
    ►"Why is this even being published? I was really enjoying NOT seeing anything about her on the news lately."◄
    Because CNN refuses to let her to die so she will always have the platform to tell those lies so blatantly!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    June 16, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. Debby

    Sarah Palin not endorsing Romney is a gift to him.

    June 16, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Sarah who

    Who is that? she looks kind of hot in a porn librarian kind of way but she says a lot of nothing. Was she someone important once before dementia set in?

    June 16, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Tam

    You can't fix stupid. Esp. when she doesn't even know she's stupid. Who's still inviting her to anything?

    June 16, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. katy Heys

    Sarah Palin is a stupid idiot.

    June 16, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. 2020

    Sarah the bull dog is surely a good piece of red meat well served to Cain.

    June 16, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    Sarah Palin serves up red meat for conservatives.......and i had a bowel movement or two today. And the earth kept on turning, same as most days.

    June 16, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. JimB

    I find this speech disgusting, crossing over the bounds of good taste. It's a metaphor of how the right wing demeans the first black President. Palin is a bad dream in American politics. She always goes to the lowest possible denominator. She tries to make up for her lack of intelligence by making demeaning and absurd remarks for FOX and her right wing extremist followers who also often lack good taste and respect for others. Hasn't the media had enough of this pathetic woman?

    June 16, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. liberal

    I LOVE that Palin continues to blabber to her tea party base, which turns off the independents (i.e. people w/more than two brain cells).

    Palin is the true face of the GOP.

    Obama 2012!
    Hillary 2016!

    June 16, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Shouldn't this headline say that the Quitta is serving up "bark" – given that those who follow her and are easily convinced to vote against their own self-interest (by voting Republican) are LEMMINGS?

    June 16, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. Bullricky

    She singlehandedly restructured the House with fiscal conservatives in 2010. She has already taken out Richard Lugar and his free-spending ways. She picked more federal, state and local winners in 2010 than LBJ, Reagan, or FDR, and converted many state houses and governorships into secure Republican territory. Big spending "old school" republicans despise her because she states the obvious: We're all out of other people's money!

    So please continue to mock and belittle her and her already considerable accomplishments. She's eating your lunch again in 2012, and it's only June.

    June 16, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. Fearless Freep

    **** Of course, the far left Democrats will fight him every step of the way because they want us to go the path of Greece and Spain, bankrupt and 20% unemployment.

    --------------------------------------------------
    Just once i would like one of these morons who post this kind of garbage
    to explain why you think the Democrats want this country to fail ?
    Its been pretty clear to anyone with half a brain that Republicans have one word
    left in thier vocabulary.........................NO.

    June 16, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. K3Citizen

    Why is a quitter's opinion worth responding to?

    June 16, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. Sirned

    It's never good for Republcans when we are talking about Ding Bat Sarah Palin half term Governor....Just saying

    June 16, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. doug

    The sad reality is that Anthony WIener and John Edwards are the most moral, honesty, caring, respectful, decent Democrats in all of America.

    Certainly neither of these two have ever spoke of an admiration for Mao who killed millions, as Anita Dunn stated, which is an admiration held by everyone in the Obama administration all the way to the top.

    Unlike Obama they have never stated that every American who doesn't agree with their ideology is the enemy and needs to be punished, as Obama stated on his interview with Univision in 2010.

    The truth and facts are there for everyone to see, read what Democrats type, listen to the hate they spew, spend some time in the bluest parts of America and see how they interact with their fellow Americans like driving on the roads and highways, there is no doubt that for every American who has decency, can feel remorse, and wants the best for all Americans that it is nothing less than a moral obligation to vote Republican this November.

    June 16, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Jose

    And this lady actually has a following? Scary, Very scary. Can we purge these voters from the list on grounds of Hannity insanity?

    June 16, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. Anne

    I couldn't agree more Bob.

    June 16, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. Joseph

    Palin and the TeaPots are one of the reason lots of people are leaving the GOP.

    June 16, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Sharon

    It was an excellent speech.

    June 16, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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