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. Phillp Bunn

    More madcap humor from the "Wilderness Strumpet."

    June 15, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. Mark in Seattle

    She obviously can't tell time. Her 15 minutes were up so very long ago. Never should have had 15 in the first place.

    June 15, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. don in albuquerque

    The GOTP's Eva Perone sallies forth with nonsense again. Not convinced there is an even measurable IQ here.

    June 15, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Alex A.

    "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."

    If by "do well" she means resigning half way through her term, she nailed it.

    Let's face it, all she is is someone who is good at making speeches written by others, full of ideas she could never think up on her own.

    Please, almighty God please let the GOP nominate "Ailin' Palin" for president in 2016! That will result in the greatest Democratic victory in history!!

    June 15, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Sarah Palin fails to mention the scandals she had as Governor of Alaska , and why she resigned !

    And the people that fallow her are brain dead .

    She makes the best case for the legalizing of Pandering in Politics through the media.

    June 15, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. dody 2

    As long as groups & Fox keep paying to hear her, Dems will be ok.

    June 15, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. elucidated1

    I"m so glad Palin is back. She is going to help the Democrats immensely. And I love her comments about "mama grizzly" or tenacious women running for office. Sarah, get ready for Hillary in two years. She is tenacious and has the support of US women and latinos.

    June 15, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. barbara

    You can all dis Sarah Palin all you want.... but I would trust her to run the country more than that lying thug in the WH.... I truly believe she loves America and has its best interest and the best interest of the AMERICAN TAXPAYING PEOPLE at heart. You can't say that about the what's going on in the WH now. There will only be more scandals. The country as we know it is disappearing.

    June 15, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  9. Sean

    Why is this pinhead still in the news? She lost FIVE YEARS AGO! Take a hint and take a hike.

    June 15, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. Peter

    Another highly paid personal appearance for this so-called dedicated public servant.

    June 15, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  11. Yo

    This woman is living proof of how broken the political system in the USA is. She has the IQ of a chipmunk (and I'm being generous here), but yet she got picked as running mate because a) she looks more-or-less decent and b) she is able to get conservatives to vote for the ticket.

    And, ofcourse, she is STILL paid by Fox News to spew her nonsense in the air. Amazing, but true.

    June 15, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  12. Debbie

    Comedy may love that Palins back but other than that she's a loser. Can't parent, can't follow through as Governor, has zero grasp of US History. And never ever seems to be home with her special needs child.

    June 15, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  13. Festus

    Plz run. Your campaign will splat like a bear with the runs.

    June 15, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  14. CTYank

    Truly an empty vessel. Move along, nothing to see here folks.

    June 15, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  15. Steven K Scott

    Please .... please .... Please Sarah "Quitter" Palin. Please for the sake of our country, continue to speak you words. Say them loud and to the few that listen, and make sure the media hears and reports it all. Please, Sarah. That way, the GOP will finally finish dying on the death bed it's on.

    June 15, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  16. The Catskinner

    I never heard of Tina Fey until Palin came out of the Alaskan bush riding her pet Grizzly Bear. Matter of fact, I'd never heard of Palin either but at least Fey is trying to be funny.

    June 15, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. jimmer

    Look at all the angry liberals below.....they are so funny.

    June 15, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  18. Mike

    I see the Honey boo boo channel candidate is running. Oh wait, that's Sarah.

    June 15, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. Ekim

    She'll really be irrellevant when Paul leaves the house to go home on the fox hunt.

    June 15, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. rob

    She should have lived by the "Don't quit your day job" approach.

    June 15, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  21. sick of republican phonies

    bacotpaul sez: "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'
    Except for the fact that she was in front of an audience of sycophants- the only audience she will face. She is frightened to face an antagonistic audience, or real journalists to answer serious questions; instead she is content to bloviate on Fox and post her screeds on facebook as if she were a spoiled teenage girl.

    June 15, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  22. sick of republican phonies

    ConanX sez "This woman speaks wisdom."
    If you think THIS is wisdom, all I can say is good luck in repeating 4th grade next year.

    June 15, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. fayray11x

    better stock up on pens casue Sarah going to be using them all to write notes on her hands for a long time.

    June 15, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. dc

    If she is that non-important, why don't the Dems just ignore her? Answer – because they are in Auto-Flame and can't turn it off!

    June 15, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. Robert C

    Who let her out? She has no political future who the failed run. She is just going to drag down our party!

    June 15, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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