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. Liberalism RequiresTyranny

    Interesting how liberals' only response to Palin is naked elitism and hatred.

    In reason and logic, she beats you libs like rented mules in every single exchange. So, all you have is your elitism and hatred.

    Sarah Palin is another gift sent from God. She is a perfect litmus test for sincerity. She allows liberals to expose themselves for what they really are, as seen here in the comments. I love it.

    June 16, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. TX Conservative

    When will this pinhead go away?!

    June 16, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Rick Patel

    Sensational Sarah Palin is cute & classy, sweet & sassy. She really rocks! She is slim, smart, stylish & sensible.

    June 16, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. BimboBimbo

    Why do you keep giving this woman space?

    June 16, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. eyempress

    This woman is such a joke! And to think, this woman was THIS close to being VP of the United States.

    June 16, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. NameRolph

    As far as Palin is concerned she is actually a double agent working for the Democrats and doing an outstanding job of screwing up the Republican party. Go Sarah, the clown princess.

    June 16, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Kings on the back row...

    Ugh, Miss Half-Term Governor..............................Polllllllllllllllllllllllllleaz !

    June 16, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. PreachJohn

    Is anyone else not able to post on this forum for love or money?

    June 16, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Avalon

    @Salva Veritate – we've been waiting almost 6 years for the supposed red wave to take over in this country that has the right wing shaking in their boots. When the boy cried wolf and the wolf never attacked, people stop believing in your lies.

    June 16, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. rob0rah

    As much as I dont like her, she makes some good points. The quote from her where she says she is good at facing protests and critics is the real joke. She quit as governor of Alaska because she couldnt face her critics, the media, and an investigation of wrong doing for her Troopergate debacle.

    June 16, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. 2T

    The fact that this unintelligent, arrogant woman did not get elected in 2008 tells me there is still hope for America.

    June 16, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. RinosRwinos

    What's even more amazing is she got paid for speaking and people actually listened. She is an assault on the intelligence of the American public

    June 16, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. bubbabru

    I am so sad for myself that on Father's Day, I took time out to read this. At 56, I really need to re-evaluate my life and why I would do such a think.
    She is like what I imagine crystal meth to be like.

    June 16, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. I miss Dan Quayle

    Dan Quayle, I apologize for making fun of you all those years ago. You are clearly smarter than Palin. Then again, we all are.

    June 16, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. John C Copeland

    It is obvious from other posts that "status quo" is the meal of the day. When Palin was running for office, night show hosts, whose salary is paid for by those whose mascot is aptly pictured, tried to bury her. So hard was their attacks one, with any sense of intelligence, could see she was making an impression on the American scene. As you continue to try and destroy the messenger and forget about the message, look very closely where your economy, and your country is headed. I see Sarah Palin as one who is right on target. I see those of you who oppose her as being both near and far sighted without glasses. She will not give up because she believes in America and Americans and comes from a place I spent 40 years in. Believe me, she knows of what she speaks and shame on those of you who cast the first stone not knowing what it is you are throwing against.

    June 16, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Joan

    Actually the Democrats are probably thrilled that she is surfacing again. She reminds everyone what the far right's policies are and they know how that played out in the last election. She plays fast and loose with the truth much like Bachmann and Trump. They seem oblivious to the fact that everyone can easily fact-check their claims. It is kind of sad really that some people actually listen to he.r

    June 16, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. Sal

    She should be staying at home taking care of her sick child instead of running around the country spouting stupid quotes! 

    June 16, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. Dana

    Repubs whine about our comments bashing Palin. They need to look at their own comments on President Obama saying he's the anti-Christ, and comparing him to Hitler. Your hatred of the President is filled with such rage, your head spins. Palin for us is just something to laugh at

    June 16, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. Be kind

    We should all be appreciative of her in our comments, hopefully the republicans will keep her in their high ranks. She is the best gift to the democrats.

    June 16, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. waitaminute

    We feel the same way about "Bumpyhead Clinton"

    June 16, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. Donkey Party

    You know you're a braindead knckle-dragger when you aspire to Palin's level of intelligence (or lack thereof). It's real easy to see how delusional and insulated from facts you right-wingers are. For you religious nuts, Palin worshiped at a church whose leader is a witch doctor. Is that Christian enough for you? Those of you that call her a "true American Patriot", seem to overlook the fact that her and her husband were part of a movement to have Alaska secede from the union. Is that what a "patriot" means to you? And to those of you that say she is honest, and full of integrity, you do realize she quit her post as Governor because the scandals were too much for her to defend? Is that honest enough for you?

    We liberals don't fear this woman (as some of you often mischaracterize), we can't stand her because she spearheads the dumbing-down of America, because she and her ilk loathe intelligence so much. I want my politicians to be as smart, or smarter than me, and Palin comes nowhere close to either.

    June 16, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. jb1963

    I read one of the quotes she make and that headache she always gave me when she speaks came back instantly. I haven't had one of those in a while

    June 16, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. yogi

    Salva Veritate
    The character assassination tactics, intolerance, & downright mean spirited left wing tactics that those wing nuts love to employ so well is evident here in the posts as usual. I hope when they achieve their communist goal that they are on the receiving end of their own tactics. Maybe then they will realize what a blunder they have made. But it will be too late by then.
    Veritate? more like projectionimus maximus.

    June 16, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. S.R

    How this idiot was ever elected to anything other than a porcupine groomer position is amazing!!!

    June 16, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Thomas

    Is it true Sarah Palin is doing the voice of Bambi's mother in the remake of the movie ?

    June 16, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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