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. steven harnack

    I'm confused. All of the Republicans who are now bashing the NSA are the very same people who were loudly defending the same program when it came to light during the Bush regime. What's next,? Maybe the Obama administration should say that they tortured someone so all of these Republicans would repudiate that!

    June 16, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. S.R

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

    June 16, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. Mark

    I'll donate a thousand dollars if this chick could find Chechnya on the map, or spell it... Either.

    June 16, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. veteran

    I hope she speaks as much as possible. Actually I really hope she will be again the VP candidate 😉

    June 16, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Ian S.

    Moron Nation salutes Sarah P.!

    June 16, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. godoflunaticscreation

    Palin is just jealous that it isn't her who is in charge of the NSA witch hunt.

    June 16, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Mary

    That someone else wrote for her.

    June 16, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Hal

    Fox News is SNL before SNL

    June 16, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. gf

    Dear Matt Mattson: do you think Mrs. Palin can fix all the horrible things that we are still paying for in human lives and money, etc., because of the G. Bush years??????? News flash for you: she has no clue, she makes a living from all the naive people like you. Wake up!

    June 16, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Sunnysmom

    If she were in charge of the policy (which, let's be honest if she was VP she would support continuing the Patriot Act), she'd claim it was to keep us safe from terrorists and evil-doers. If a Democrat does it, let the insults fly.

    June 16, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Rick from Maryland

    As a former TV personality once quipped of Palin, "the woman is an idiot." All she knows is criticizing, never offering alternatives.
    She knows how to name-call, like the local idiots in grade school. Yet, this college-educated (really??) person can't formulate a sentence without sounding like a 5th grader. This woman should remain in Wasilla as a local and inflencing local – to Wasilla – issues. Palin is an insult to human beings.

    June 16, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. Deni

    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."
    Absolutely! She resigns herself.

    June 16, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. Justin Toym

    Libs are upset because she didn't play into them this time.

    June 16, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. deadlikeme

    It's a joke that Palin is getting credit for these zingers – it's not like she's coming up with these zingers on her own. Like any other political speaker, she has several speech writers. With all the money she's making she's got that trickle down thing going by creating some jobs.

    June 16, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. Justin Toym

    The new Republican is pro-choice, pro-LGBT, pro-same sex marriage, and pro immigrant. All these things will work very well for businessmen. Wait and see. All these policies can be shaped into a new reality that will rock the universe and turn the liberal agenda on its head....

    June 16, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. OldieTampaBay

    Isn't it PAST TIME that Sarah stops running her mouth? Who even cares any more? Sit down, shut up and fade into the background please!

    June 16, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Palin now

    I used to think Palin sounded uneducated and under informed. Now that we have all these scandal, she sounds like a genius.

    June 16, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. Annette Brewer

    Please help us God from this lunatic. AMEN

    June 16, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. Mr Bean

    "Our government spied on every single one of your phone calls" This shows her ignorance and Anti Americanism. She needs to be deported.

    June 16, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. Eric

    Sarah Palin is absolute proof of Poe's law. There is no way to tell her "serious" statements from SNL parody or from her self-parody attempts.

    June 16, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |

    Snooki Palin at her best. The Guns Over People tea potty enable her to say stupid things. It nevers fails.

    June 16, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Miguel

    Once Obama prohibited surveillance of mosques and other places Muslims gather it was made perfectly clear who the surveillance was directed on... us.

    June 16, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. MAngeline

    It's nice to see that the Palins will have a source of income with Sarah as a stand-up comic if the Fox gig fails again. Since neither she or Hunky Toddy have a brain between them, good jobs to support their new lifestyle will be hard to find.

    June 16, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Ahyeah

    Please. Sarah Palin thinks a parody is that bird who can talk.

    June 16, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. Robert

    She talks about the attacks that weren't prevented. I wonder how many were. Would she be privy to that info? No way in hell.

    June 16, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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