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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She has never been newsworthy so please, CNN, stop reporting her.
Well, I wound think it was a feather in Mitt's cap to not have light weight Palin's support. It amazes me that anyone in their right mind pays attention to what she thinks.
Again, thank you John McCain for bringing this trailer trash, politically ignorant, arrogant woman into the national political scene.
I would think it was to Romney's benefit not to have her support. I am always amazed at the support she receives.
Why is what this unemployed woman says even news fit to print anymore? I thought I was done with her ilk.
I spoke too soon~!
I was just telling a friend how nice it was that we havn't heard from this woman lately and then Wa La..HERE SHE IS~!
Well one good thing.. If she keeps showing up the GOP will have even less chance of winning..
It is so amazing that she did one short little stint as a governor.. Quit.. Did a reality tv show.. Oh and that fiasco of running with McCain. Then she just keeps talking about things she knows nothing about.. Amazing..
Romney/Palin 2012 would that be a win for Obama? You betcha!
It's been nice without her irritating ways. I hoped she'd fade a way, but no such luck.
Is she still alive? I had no idea!
Sarah Palin: Your 15 minutes are way past. Time to get a real job and stop being a gadfly who only speaks to hear her own voice.
Palin serving red meat? More like cold jealousy.
It's been so nice not seeing or hearing from Gov. Palin as much. I hope she continues.
I really think the media is over portraying the myth that anybody cares what Sarah Palin thinks anyway.
She should do daytime talk show TV, not be a politician.
Because it's not Romney vs. Obama, it's Not Obama vs. Obama
On the other hand, keep talking, Barbie; your own side is tired of you too, and you will simply mobilize/energize the other side!
Could someone in the GOP please explain to me how Palin is relevant to ANYTHING? She was a failure in 2008, she has not had anything worthwhile to contribute to any type of discussion since, has NOTHING of importance to say now, will say nothing of interest in the future. How, exactly is she of interest to any of the GOP?
Sarah fired up her base. Both of them.
Oh CMON, you people nominate a socialist like romney and expect Palin to endorse him? lmao, are you people delusional? Even a child could figure that one out.
Snatch, clean & jerk-Palin's weight trraining routine.
The RightOnline Conference is a gathering for flat-earthers and white nationalist conspiracy freaks. I don't know why CNN would soil themselves by covering the activities of those hopeless twits.
As for Palin, she's just the Queen Twit addressing her subjects.
She still thinks she will be the dark horse candidate come the Republican National Convention. When that does not happen, the huge shrieking sound that you will hear in the sky will be her ego exploding.
I consider it a blessing that Palin wouldn't acknowledge Romney....maybe the Republicans can stand a chance of winning this time. Palin is a disgrace to the party, and to woman everywhere. I do not recognize one ounce of integrity, intelligence, or morals with her.
As Jeb Bush noted, the right consevative movement has been a severe detriment to the GOP. Palin having rallied this element, and given it a misdirected strength has put the Republicans back another 50 years....and detracted many independents from joining the party.
Palin is the kiss of death on any political issue. She should NOT. open her mouth about Romney . After the laughng stock she made of herself last time around, I/m surprised she shows her face in public!
One thing I picked up on in the article was Obama's response to the leaks......."The notion that MY White House would ............" Excuse me – HIS White House?????? It belongs to the Nation – he is employed by the Nation – it is NOT HIS .
Streuth, he shouldn't have been allowed to go to England. After seeing Buckingham Palace he's REALLY got delusions of grandeur!
Palin is an example of reality politics. People famous for being famous, outrageous behavior as entertainment. She is as real and valid as TV wrestling, and appeals to the same level of audience.