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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  1. Peace

    Sarah injecting herself in the campaign must be very bad news to Romney, leave alone she did not mention his name. She is going to ignite Dems side and independents are going to be turned off by her.

    June 16, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin has a pattern of "cozying up" to men who are adulters; McCain, Gingrich and Trump, see the patern here. But she knows she can't "wink" her way to Mitt Romney, he's a one man's woman and she is distancing herself from him.

    June 16, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. bev

    All those hate filled comments & absurd tricks she pulls-has really aged her fast.

    June 16, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Hear Ye

    I still maintain she is HOT – just not politically.

    June 16, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. betty

    Make her go away..stop writing about her. Please, let's have a Palin-free election year. Didn't we suffer enough last time?

    June 16, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Howard

    Bill C, I take offense at you mentioning Tweety Bird and Forest Gump in the same sentence as Bristol Palin. They are much more sophisticated.

    June 16, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Shane Botwin

    She sunk McCain's run for the presidency. Why shouldn't she sink Romney's also?

    June 16, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. zisee

    I was a Palin fan, but feel she is herself a pain in the neck, Sarah, stay home in Alaska and keep your mouth shut, unless you open it up and endorse ROMNEY

    June 16, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. davec.0121

    And who really cares? Her rants against the media sound like a spoiled high school girl who wasn't picked as prom queen.

    June 16, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Squigman

    Why, oh why is this poor excuse for a human being relevant to any political discussion? She's a quitter, a loser, and a person of no interest to the American tax payer whatsoever. She's yesterdays news, wrapped around garbage.

    June 16, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. midnitejax

    Listening to anything Palin spouts out is like listening to a fork scraping across a dinner plate, or fingernails dragging slowly across the blackboard.I find chewing on a piece of aluminum foil more entertaining than anything she puts forth.

    June 16, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Katie

    Love how she voted for and keeps speaking for the ethically challenged, extremely educated, long-time politician/Washington insider Newt Gingrich. Somehow, I thought those were qualities she kept urging people to vote against??

    So she doesn't endorse Romney. Does it really matter these days? Is she some kind of force to reckon with? Does he need her endorsement? Isn't "the base" already fired up – they all hate Obama, always have – and that means they're going to ... what? Work for a living? Come up with a real plan that actually benefits America? Pity they haven't been able to channel all that negative energy into something that raises more than their blood pressure.

    June 16, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. NPR

    I hope Obama will find some way and throw this stupid ass bi@#h in jail. Her mouth should be shut permanently for spewing all that right wing venom.

    June 16, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. JJ

    Palin again. Sigh. She doesn't have the power to create anything. Only criticize. And quit.

    June 16, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. doug

    "Conservative Republicans view politics in exactly the same way. Their party is the party of Right. You are either a member, or you are the enemy and must be undone. There is no middle ground, no room for compromise."

    Could you be more wrong?

    We have had 44 Presidents, only one of them has ever called their fellow Americans the enemy for not agreeing with his politics, that man is Barack Obama. Check out Obama's interview on Univision in 2010, right before the elections. Obama clearly stated that every American right of center is the enemy, he didn't stop there, he also stated that they need to be punished.

    Obama said this because he knows that his base, Democrat voters, are all about hate and anger. Like you, it is a level of closed-mindedness that the most extreme religious fundamentalist cannot come close to replicating, it is a hate and partisanship that is exclusive to the Democrat.

    I gave the fact, Obama's own words on Univision, since what you typed is not true of any Republican is nothing short of a lie, all you can do is attack the messenger, you cannot offer up any facts to back up your statement. THe truth and facts show that even Rush Limbaugh doesn't have a hate for his political opposition as extreme as Obama does.

    June 16, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. ironman59

    What comes out of this woman's mouth is irrelevant other than making people laugh. She is so self-centered she won't endorse the party candidate even at this point. She knows that by not doing so it just makes the far-right want to keep giving her more time. Palin is nothing but a quitter and a profitter, the same as the rest of her family. She just needs to crawl in a hole and go away forever.

    June 16, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Let Snooki Palin do her thing for Mitt McCain. She gave John a two bump in 2008.

    June 16, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Go Snooki Palin. Bounce Mitt McCain this time!

    June 16, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. J.V.Hodgson

    I dont understand why anything she does at present is still news worthy.
    This little speech was just a miserable attemt at self aggrandisement.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    June 16, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. jennifer in Houston

    Anybody Palin dislikes has to be someone worth voting for Obama 2012.. just to stick one to ya Sayra...

    June 16, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. PTBarnumboy

    Only 1,000 people there to listen?? I bet that's putting a dent in her speaking fee income. Oh well, every crowd has a sliver lining.

    June 16, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. Ivy League Football

    It is truly amazing that the media or others give Sarah Palin coverage given that she is one dumb broad. Why are we as a country regressing by dumbing down when we need all of the inrelligence to get out of this mess. The last dummy did not work out so good after 8yrs. at the White House.

    June 16, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. MaryM

    Palin, the most un vetted person to run for office in America. Thanks McCain for putting this shrew in the media

    June 16, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. Oh Come On

    She's still hanging around. GO AWAY!

    June 16, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  25. cleareye1

    Little Mitt Fauntleroy does not need anything from the Paris Hilton of politics. He can convince the voters he is the Wall Street choice on his own. Create jobs in China and India, vote for Romney!

    June 16, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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