June 15th, 2013
02:52 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin embraces SNL sketch, dishes out her own humor

(CNN) - There are so many scandals in Washington, Sarah Palin said, they could be lumped under the name of the botched gun-running sting that landed Attorney General Eric Holder in hot water long before the Benghazi, IRS or NSA stories came to light.

"These scandals are coming at us so Fast and Furious," she quipped at an annual gathering of conservatives on Saturday.

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Palin was the final speaker and star of the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference Saturday program, where she served up her criticism of President Barack Obama with her trademark witticisms.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee offered no clues in her speech about her political future but was introduced by a video that culminated with footage of a roaring and rearing bear. It was a tribute to her "mama grizzly" effort on behalf of tenacious women running for public office.

Asked by CNN if she would be on the campaign trail again in 2014 on behalf of fellow Republicans, Palin replied, "Absolutely, more than ever."

"Time's-a-wasting. Things are moving really quickly and if we don't get out there and defend this republic then America will be transformed into something we do not recognize," she told CNN.

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She is also returning to television, where she has been largely absent since her contract with Fox News ended last year. The network said Thursday that she is returning as a paid commentator.

At the conference, she said the Washington controversies remind her of a sarcastic sketch performed by her "really, really good friends at Saturday Night Live." (They're friends, she said, because she provided actress Tina Fey, her look-alike, "job security.")

"Our government spied on every single one of your phone calls but it couldn't find two pot smoking dead-beat Bostonians with a hotline to terrorist central in Chechnya. Really?"

"Its built apparatus to sneak into all the good guys communications, but oops-a-daisy, it missed the Fort Hood mass murder of our own troops despite this Islamic terrorist declaring his ideology in numerous Army counseling sessions and on his own business cards," she said. "Really?"

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And the IRS "can't figure out how it managed to spend over 4 million dollars on a training conference because it didn't keep the receipts. Really? You try that with the IRS."

Palin swiped at a fellow Republican, too.

She appeared to reference former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's remark at the same conference on Friday that immigrants were "more fertile," made in the context that legal immigration could "create an engine of economic prosperity."

Bush is a proponent of immigration reform.

Palin responded, "I think it's kind of dangerous territory, touchy territory, to want to debate this over one race's fertility rate over another, and I say this as someone who's kinda fertile herself.

"I don't think that's where we want to go in deciding how we incentivize the hard working responsible families that want to be in the light, follow the law, and become Americans versus those whose very first act on our soil is to break the law," she said.

The former governor took what appeared to be a light-hearted dig at first lady Michelle Obama, who said while being heckled at a fundraiser this month, "One of the things I don't do well is this."

Palin said near the top of her speech, "If there's any protesters, speak now or forever hold your peace, because facing the protesters, facing the critics - that's something I do well."

She voiced her oft-stated dislike for Washington, calling it a "hot mess," and said lawmakers should listen to a senator new to the city.

"You know what I wish Congress would do - just for a week, perhaps, just put themselves on cruise control," she said.

"Ted Cruz control," she added, naming the freshman GOP senator from Texas who she campaigned for last year.

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  1. Gary

    As a joke on SNL and a right wing Bull crap fest is all you have left Sarah. No one else cares about you.

    June 15, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. The Right Left

    Putin has brain washed her again.

    June 15, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. Lulu

    Sarah....you are the reason not one intelligent, INDEPENDENT, hard working tax paying woman believes you. You don't speak for us, your demeaning attidtude towards free thinking women who necessarily don't want children, your constant humiliation towards our FIrst Lady, manipulation of the media, all make you look like another Karadashian in need of more publicity. When will you retire and keep your thoughts to yourself?????????

    June 15, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Hugo

    Oh yeah, she's a real hoot. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

    June 15, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. Reality-Check

    I want so badly to believe Palin is more than a "catch-phrase", folksy talkin' gal who just seems to be Not the sharpest knife in the drawer... But every time she speaks, I'm left feeling the same.

    June 15, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. buffalo

    Can't you just smell the desperation coming off this human cartoon? She keeps trying to crawl back into the spotlight when the lights went out years ago.

    June 15, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Jimbob

    Palin continues to be an inspiration to empty headed lunatics everywhere.

    June 15, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. palindrone

    She was not wearing her wedding ring
    She is returning to Fox
    Rupert is divorcing his 3rd wife

    Coincidence ? Perhaps.

    June 15, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. oceanluvver2

    at least she has a sense of humor. she doesn't have anything else. hold on to that ms. palin, hold on to that.

    June 15, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. antares201

    The GOP will NEVER learn. Palin talks like an idiot, the electorate gets turned off and conservatives get voted out. Great for Dems!

    June 15, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. albie

    Palin, for the sake of this country, please, please just go away

    June 15, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. oceanluvver2

    at least she has a sense of humor. It's all she has.

    June 15, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. JM

    nobody cares about the screech owl

    June 15, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. bacotpaul

    It takes self-confidence to tell critics and political protestors, "speak now or forever hold your peace, because facing the protesters, facing the critics – that's something I do well." Way to go Ms. Palin.

    June 15, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. bacotpaul

    It takes a lot of self-confidence to say, "protesters, speak now or forever hold your peace, because facing the protesters, facing the critics – that's something I do well." Way to go Ms. Palin.

    June 15, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    So she's got a speechwriter; it will never change the fact that she always was and always will be:

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    June 15, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. Dan

    OMG. I was completely surprised that there are still some people in this country dumb enough to listen to Caribou Barbie speak.

    June 15, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. BigDrop

    Great lady, but she has no political future. Note to future politicans, when star in a reality show, there go your chances for a White House bid.

    June 15, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Michael Benjamin

    Your 15 minutes are way over!

    June 15, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. Dave

    God Bless Sarah

    June 15, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. GRS62

    Still trying to milk every last second of her allotted 15 minutes.

    June 15, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. labman57

    Hey Sarah, don't give up your day job. Oh yeah ... you already quit that one.

    Palin claimed that, among other nebulous reasons, she left office before finishing her first term as Governor of Alaska because she desired to "serve a higher calling" (what ever that might be). Basically, this is Palin-spin for "my current job has become a ball-and-chain holding me back from pursuing my personal ambitions and my desires to attain greater wealth and political clout in the lower 48".

    Sarah Palin doesn't want to be a serious politician. She only wants to play one on T.V., delivering her trademark silly, shallow, snarky speeches ... for a modest 6-figure appearance fee.

    Sarah to world: "Show me the money!"

    June 15, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. ConanX

    This woman speaks wisdom.

    June 15, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. Pablo695

    Fuuny how "Clueless Sarah" always seems to forget the the Fast and Furious, and the Patriot Act were started by Bush.

    Would be very hard to say the 4 people killed in Benghazi is a bigger issue than the 5000 Americans and 2 TRILLION wasted by the Iraq-Afghan wars.

    IRS crap belongs Obama. Poor Sarah – Lights are on but NO ONE is home... just an empty skull and a REALLY BIG mouth.

    June 15, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. DJR

    She's great isn't she? To bad about the other guys.

    June 15, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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