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. willie heath

    For those who say they dont understand Sarah Palin, it is because you all are not very bright, and dont understand common sense. The man in the White House speaks in circles and gobbley goop!

    June 15, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  2. Dave

    There's a lot of material for the late night comedians in here.

    June 15, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    She saved us from that warmonger McCain. He won't die until he forces Obama to get into WW 3. You can bank on that one.

    June 15, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. NameScott

    What a slime ball

    June 15, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. Lindsey

    God bless Sarah Palin!!!

    June 15, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Read the Independent News UK as of today to see what McCain's rants have done. Iran sending troops to Syria to fight the rebels - who McCain insists be armed.

    Send them a few rifles and send them on their way . NO BOOTS ON THE GROUND.

    June 15, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  7. Erasrhedd

    Wonder what Palin's net worth - I'm talking money here, so no jokes, please - was when McCain chose her as his running mate, and what it is now.

    June 15, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. Tom L.

    Where's Sniffit?

    You had a tremendous diatribe from an earlier ticker that I would love to address. Wow do you lack perspective.

    June 15, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  9. NanookoftheNorth

    Just love you haters...always slingin' the moose poop 😉

    June 15, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  10. Rocky Landing

    Maybe at the next GOP convention, Sarah can jump out of a cake.

    June 15, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  11. CJD

    Please go away. You've had your 15 minutes of fame – and Fox must be really desperate. And I agree with labman57 -she does not want to be a serious politician, but just play one on TV. Kind of like the host of actors doing commercials in the late 60s and early 70's playing the part of a doctor in a TV series and then filming an ad for medicine and saying, "'I'm not a real doctor but play one on TV". Well Palin, you are not real politician and pretty much stink on playing one on TV.

    June 15, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  12. Robert

    Yep she sure is funny now and think about it, millions and millions wanted her to be one 70 year old man's heartbeat away from being president. Now THAT's Scary!!!!!

    June 15, 2013 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  13. peelin

    it's sad that palin is cluless about her owe faith chrisitinity. the word ALLAH is what Christ used to call his CREATOR

    June 15, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  14. pbernasc

    the good thing about Palin is that she will never be a real threat to this country, but rather to the GOP party .. which in turns is a good thing for the country ... so yes, she is the best thing that ever happened from the GOP to this country.

    II mean .. Nixon was a crook, but at least he was very smart, she is the same crook, only she is pathetically stupid as well, which prevents any damage to be done.

    I bet Nixon in his grave is making sure she doesn't get any thing done

    poor GOP

    June 15, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  15. Cheryl rivera

    Sarah Palin is an embarrassment on US.

    June 15, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  16. truth

    i dont care for either party theyre all owned by the same people, and they dont give a damn about us or this wonderful country.

    June 15, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    This mutant still doesn't realize, thanks to CNN and other media, that SHE IS THE JOKE!
    Are we ever going to be rid of this woman? Maybe if she continues to have plastic surgery and she starts looking like the freak she really is she it might finally stop. Thanks McCain, speaking of freaks. Do you know you palled around with "people" who cut open their enemies bodies and eat their hearts? True story! These are the people we want to help?
    BTW – where's Trigger?

    June 15, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  18. sortmycrunch

    Palin really scares you weak-kneed liberals. Every man that attacks her is threatened by her and thus, a tad feminine. and likely a... well... not into women. Relax. Let her speak. She's right. Nobama and the lib-nuts in wash have weakened and destroyed our country. So, please move to canada.

    June 15, 2013 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  19. K. in Miami

    The smart Republicans are somewhere squirming, this woman is not a serious person, she's knows all to well that anyone that specializes in criticizing others will not go far, she's proven she's nothing more than a side show, her act is getting really really old, so pathetic....

    June 15, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  20. ArtV

    She's an embarrassment to every white woman in America. Scratch that. Every white person in America.

    June 15, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  21. silentcount

    Some people still think it's cool to make fun of Sarah Palin. They're so gullible. They haven't figured out yet that she's 10 times smarter than Obama. What a loser he proved to be, although other losers still won't admit it.

    June 15, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  22. fandancy

    I will say one thing for her.
    She has great hindsight.
    But even with that, she's the best thing for the Democrats could wish for. Just keep her talking.

    June 15, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  23. Complete ignorance

    Please someone sit that crazy heffa down somewhere. She makes the human race look bad.

    June 15, 2013 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  24. coledanger

    Typical crowd of commenters, blindly defending our president, his policies, his crownies, his scandals, and his concept that BIG and BIGGER government is better and better. All the while, you continually trash anyone whose ideas and values are not your own. Hold on to the seat of your pants. Life in the good old US is going to get bumpier and bumpier. Just who do you think is going to pay for all these government programs? Tax-paying working people will pay. Voters on the government dole already outnumber tax paying voters. Where do you think that will lead?

    June 15, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  25. king

    the right winged push of perception over facts, is changing the concept of what is right and wrong. their corporate media along with fox and a host of right winged radio stations are pushing insinuations, and pushing facts to the side. they've been doing this for the past 4 years and either the main stream media and the democrats seem powerless to stop them. i know that fox, and her corporate media buddies like cnbc, fox business news, and a host of right winged radio stations which out numbers the dems by 20 to 1 has a mission to spew lies and get everyone of their juggernaut media enterprises to follow lock step and never stray away, no matter if facts is steering them dead in the face, they just keep repeating the same lies until the gulible bow down to their will. it is crazy to watch this unfold right in your face. i've watched the repub party push side shows and side step the real problem over and over again. what the purpose does it make who does what if we are trying to fix something, and hell with what took place or how to fix it. they're trying to blame obama for everything people in the government does, its like trying to blame a general, for something unit commanders suppose to reside over. how many generals are being blamed for something company soldiers are doing, they usually start with the company commander, then the battalion then the brigade, then corp, and up the chain to the secretary of the army then the president. but why on earth the repubs seems to want to jump over all the chain of command where the IRS is concerned and go straight to the president. do they want the president to leave the business of governing the most powerful country on the planet and start micromanaging his cabinet personally.

    June 15, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
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