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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soundoff (395 Responses)
  1. JJ

    Did she really try to commit comedy? LMAO!

    June 16, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. IvotedforObama

    She is proof America is closer to becoming like the America in the movie, "Idiocracy"

    June 16, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Freddo

    The best joke of all – that Palin is fit for office.

    June 16, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. bill davis

    There were so many real scandals involving Palin personally she resigned as Governor of Alaska.

    June 16, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Robert McCabe

    God bless this wonderful woman.

    June 16, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Former GOP

    .....Wanna know the BEST DEM STRATAGY for 2016?..............
    .........ALLOW the GOP unfettered TALK TIME.............
    ..they will insert SO MAY FEET into that cavern of a pie hole, they will just sound like a muffled crowd of crickets

    June 16, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. truthbtolledude

    she is the worst of the real america. she is a moronic fascist (someone explain this to her) and so are all those who cheer for her with their clueless bushlike grins when he was told about 9/11. please GOP, run her for president so we can continue to build a real nation with real values and ideas that exemplify true democratic and, for those bush wannabess 'democrat' principles. as for palin, she is a shameful self-promoter pretending to be a caring, christian American. She may be, as she says, fertile, but not mentally, morally, or in any way that represents Americans for real. Disgusting person.

    June 16, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. nancy

    If it's stand-up comedy she wants to do, she nailed it. She's dumber than a rock, but is so serious about herself and her political prospects that it's hilarious. That the Faith and Freedom Coalition thinks she has any legitimacy speaks volumes about their intellectual capacity.

    June 16, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. No Party Patriot

    Is it possible she is actually getting dumber?

    June 16, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Name

    Palin is the hero of every inbred Republican... Every time she opens her mouth, I amazed that ANYONE could have voted for her to be in charge of anything!

    June 16, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. Kit

    "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"

    And all those that complained so loudly about this when Bush was president, are suddenly supportive and saying it's no big deal. I guess none of you major party members has any integrity.

    June 16, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. retphxfire

    Palin zingers?? HA She can thank her writers.

    June 16, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. mlblogscbgoldsmith

    Palin's "trademark wit"? The women is an ignorant possibly wacky hack who has been chasing any dollar thrown at her. Her desperation is exceeded only by those who hire her with both sponsor and addict both convinced they have currency. At the end of each paid appearance the audience remains clueless and the witless Palin has all their currency.

    June 16, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Donna Coles

    I guess she needs MONEY again 🙂

    June 16, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. Megan

    Only in America where an idiot like Sarah Palin can be making millions of dollars yearly with such a low IQ. it is laughable and sad. She definitely has to be a repugnicant.

    June 16, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Pascal

    My government and most media are espousing a secret spying program on all Americans. Yes, SPYING. If I sit outside your home and log the comings and goings of all visitors to your front door, that's spying.

    The same government has been caught creating an ENEMIES LIST to persecute individuals using tax audits. Yes ENEMIES LIST. A list that explicitly singled out specific groups and people who have no ties to crimes.

    My government has now decided that failure financially support nationally sponsored abortion and birth control is a crime punishable by PRISON. Yes. 2000 year old Christian beliefs to not condone abortion are now persecuted by a government that spies and relies on an enemies list.

    What are you people talking about Sarah Palin for?

    June 16, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. christina knight

    I think I can speak for comedians everywhere when I say Ms. Palin has been sorely missed. One public appearance provides enough fodder to pay the salaries of late night comics for from week to a month.

    June 16, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. Roscoe

    Awww. She's trying to think again. It must be so frustrating to her.

    June 16, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. jamison

    I can understand why Sarah was so funny. She is the biggest joke walking.

    June 16, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. Scooby1959

    "Because facing the protesters, facing the critics – that's something I do well." I guess that is why she resigned from office before her term was completed. I thought she resigned because she realized the millions she could make on promoting her book, speaking tours, radio and by telling people she needed their donations for a run at the White House. My bad, Sarah!!!!

    June 16, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Tony Torres

    Once again, Palin surfaces (she must be running out of money) to the delight of all comics and her space cadets of supporters. What a waste! At least I will not indulge in anything related to Palin in the future, she is not a patriot as she professes, she is just in it for the money.

    June 16, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. si gold

    Sarah Palin is now the voice of the Tea Party, since Michelle Bachmann has withdrawn. It just keeps getting better and better. Tina Fey now has work in perpetuity.

    June 16, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. dgoldclark

    Please stop printing anything about this person. She's Nothing but an ambitious, amoral, ruthless nightmare. We are DONE with her. Get it CNN?

    June 16, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  24. MianMohsin Kalim-siddiqui

    Do whatever possible to UNITE this divided nation at this CRITICAL time in history.

    June 16, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. ya rights

    I see she has found a better phantom writer.

    June 16, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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