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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Sarah, quit comtemplating your navel.
Speech? What did you have for breakfast?
CNN, you know just how to make me laugh. Silly Palin.
I will support her
Geeze... every time I put away my Sarah Palin Barf Bags I have to dig them out again. Thanks CNN for keeping us in touch with this screeching owl...
America's highest-paid call girl is waiting for Romney to cough up the money before she performs . . .
The Palin fixation of media is ununderstandable. Of late, in their race to win more and more readership, media is giving important to trash. Wake up media, you have some responsibility to educate people to become more responsible. Your irresponsible behavior in this matter will not help you in the long run.
She is selling her endorsement announcement to the highest bidder. What better way to drum up interest in her endorsement by not saying anything.
Go away, Tundra Barbie, R-Money doesn't need you, he's doing badly on his own as it is! LOL.
She is way overdue in offering anything intellectual or thoughtful. I've never seen anyone become so stale so quickly.
Four more years of THIS?! NO WAY!!
Who cares if she mentioned Romney? It's a done deal. Romney is just the turnaround specialist this country needs. If he has a strong majority in the House and Senate, he can save this country. 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
You do know that Europe doesn't like austerity either right? People are not ok with cuts for the poor , cuts for elderly, cuts to education, cuts to children, cuts to women's health while all the while giving job cremators anther tax cut. We are not ok with the duma**es in congress wanting to balance everything on our back while the koch brothers rip off America.
Sarah Palin is exactly what is wrong with the once-proud Republican party. She has great difficulty with the truth, her hate-filled rants turn off normal people and her voice is like fingernaiils on the blackboard. When she ran for VP, I listened to her and truly questioned not only her education but her intelligence. She offers nothing positive for the country or for the Republican party but her only subject goal is to by as nasty and dishonest to the President as possible. For many years I was a Republican but the party I once supported has been taken over by people like Palin and her followers, The Tea Party, and never again will they get my vote.
Those of you who think that Sarah is a turn off are going to be very shocked to find out you're wrong. Indys and frustrated Dems aren't running to the poles to vote for his majesty. I am TRULY enjoying watching Conservatism flip you all off. GO SARAH! GO MITT! YES!!
A failure in every aspect... what's her opinion worth?
A whole lotta lies. That's all Palin is really good at.
1000 people in Vegas is not a storm, it is a drop in the bucket. Seriously disappointed in that CNN feels this deserves news space–and to have her be the lead story on the Ticker–Disgusted!
... and how often did you hear the media trawling for comments from Gore, Liebermann, Kerry, Edwards, etc.. after THEY lost elections??? Oh yeah... you didn't.
she must need more money.... she drain SARAPAC buying more clothes and red shoes?
Imagine being one of the lucky-losers to turn out to a Paylin speech. Sitting there listening to her nutty tripe, thinking: why couldn't I have been a Democrat?
Stretches the imagination to think that 1000 people would turn out to listen to her but, then again, they are Republicans.
Republicans are in disarray. There are at least three groups that make up the Republican party; moderates,evangelicals and tea partiers(scared to start their own party) ,and might as well add Ron Paul's group. When is the Republican Party going to explode, or implode?
Does anyone take anything this woman says seriously? Why is anything this lightweight says even being covered?
And here comes CNN, conjuring up imagery of savageness when describing any criticism of Obama. "Red meat" paints a picture of blood and carnage. But when his holiness Barack Obama terrorizes any opponents of his ideas, it's strictly referred to as "criticism" or "reaching out for support".
You liberals are blinded by whatever the media tells you to see. Research for yourself how unconstitutional this administration has been. Pick up a book. Go to the library. It's appalling and thankfully our independent brothers and sisters are going to rid the nation of this economic and civil burden soon enough.
Why is anyone still listening to this fool and why is any news organization writing about her?
She is a nothing who gets big money to be a nothing.