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. Jason Glugla

    I guess I missed the zingers. All I saw was someone saying the same things to the same group of people which has made her a large sum of cash.

    June 16, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Getoverit


    What are you people talking about Sarah Palin for?
    Because the Liberal hacks haven't had a chance to spew their vomit about her for at least 2 weeks now. Wouldn't want them to go through Palin withdrawal.

    June 16, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Chaos

    You think she couldn't be more stupid but, every time she talks, you're back to square one again.

    June 16, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Robert

    She is actually the character Rosanne Barr was pretending to be in her first stand up comedy routines...a cluless, hick housewife.

    June 16, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Pander Bear

    Well this is progress. At least she's embracing the fact that she's more of a clown than an actual candidate for higher office.

    June 16, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Mozart

    What a cartoon character. We need more of this self deluded person as we need a bad case of herpes. Go back home momma grizzly an shoot herself some stuff, we use the grocery store here in Arizona.

    June 16, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. DoNotWorry

    Dumb and Dumber incarnate.

    June 16, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Nietodarwin

    Love to see she's talking again, as a Democrat I really appreciate what she's done for my party.

    June 16, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. Johnjon

    what she fails to realize is she is just giving SNL more material to work with.................. or is she so far out of the loop they'll just ignore her? that would probably annoy her more.

    June 16, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. truthteller

    Perhaps if she was at home more and was a better parent her 14 year old Daughter wouldn't have gotten knocked up. Some values she instilled in her kids.

    June 16, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Donnie the Lion

    The most useful thing she could do with her life is to feed Alaskan wildlife....with herself.

    June 16, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. Michele

    Grizzlies are dangerous and unpredictable. But I repeat myself.

    June 16, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. TOM

    I hope CNN doesnt start giving her air time, Talk Tabloid , you really down grade the network , she says nothing and does nothing

    June 16, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. Patriot

    Sarah Palin is like herpes. Your glad to see her go, but you know she'll pop up again. There's no getting rid of her.

    June 16, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. jg51

    My God, I wish this woman would get her own program on the Bravo network and join all the other fake, phoney, opportunistic housewives so we could all, at last, never have to listen to her sophomoric political rhetoric.

    June 16, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. Jo Black

    So, it is a person to a parody to a parody of the parody. At least we are heading in the right direction.

    June 16, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  17. to little transparancy...to much hidden to trust it

    tea party was created by the K o c h b r o t h e r s enough said.

    June 16, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  18. Steve S

    Just when you thought she was done and gone??
    Oh well, they haven't cured Cancer yet either.

    June 16, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. FM

    The only people stupider than Sarah Palin are the people who still believe she has anything to say worth hearing.

    June 16, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    She sure is pretty though.

    June 16, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  21. Ellen

    It still baffles me why anyone would see her as someone with an once of brains worth listening to!! Palin and Bachmann should start a think tank!! They could try and think of something intelligent to say. hahahahaha

    June 16, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  22. donnabledsoe1972@gmail.com

    The best humor she dished out was during the Couric interview.

    June 16, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  23. skytag

    Palin had her share of political scandals. More than 100 appointments to state posts - nearly 1 in 4 - went to campaign contributors or their relatives when she was governor of Alaska, sometimes without regard to qualifications.

    June 16, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. Nameamh

    Benghazi is not a scandal!! Do the republicans know how many people were killed in embassy attacks and no ones says anything. Republicans just want to have something on Obama!!! RACISTS!!!!! It has been proven its RACISM!!!

    June 16, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. Larry

    Can't believe Fox News hired her back which has convinced me that they are as stupid as Palin. Remember, McCain learned a lesson – I think!

    June 16, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
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