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. lobo joe

    Am I to understand that people paid money to listen to this bimbo? I guess the old saying is true, " a fool and his money are soon parted.

    June 15, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  2. gpaul50

    This a woman who thinks dinosaurs and man lived at the same time 6000 years ago, she came to this conclusion after watching the Flintstones.

    June 15, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  3. Freddy Jackson

    They should put here an the entire Kardiashian clan, along with the FOX TV channel, in a rocket and shoot them to the moon.

    June 15, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    "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.

    I actually laughed out loud when I read that. She seems to gained some knowledge, good for you Palin.
    As much as everyone dislikes her (look at Howard Stern), she is a real American character.

    June 15, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  5. simplefaith

    Republicans if you want the Democrats to win in 2016, pick Sarah Palin for your Republican nominee. That lady is so out of date, out of time and out to pasture. Why doesn't she just go home and take care of her children. Yuk.

    June 15, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  6. ken darden

    I wonder what her next career move will be?

    I would love to see Palin, Bachman, and Coulter in a movie. It has to be a horror movie because those are scary!

    June 15, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  7. Harry Bawsak

    Pailin Bachman that should be the ticket, A folly to live in infamy for all of human history.

    June 15, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  8. omeany

    Will someone please give this woman a half hour sitcom of her own? Better yet, team her up with Michelle Bauchman and call it These Are The Things I Said This Week! I promise it will be a hit!

    June 15, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  9. Walter

    It's the same old thing. Republicans hate Democrats; Democrats hate Republicans. There is absolutely nothing united about the United States anymore. How much longer are we going to carry on this charade of being "one nation"....we're not, we haven't been in a long time, and we never will be again.

    June 15, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  10. Name Steve

    Do us all a favor and disappear.

    June 15, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  11. Name Steve

    Or go on Dancing With the Stars!! Be sure not to quit before we vote you off.

    June 15, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  12. Alaskan's who can't stand any of the palins

    She wants all her followers to think or hope she will run
    for president and send her LOTS of MONEY (sarahpac)
    Thats been working great for her since 2008.
    She will never run for anything, cause the truth would come out and the people of America
    would see her as the fraud she is. (sunny & beautiful in Anchorage today)

    June 15, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  13. JDL

    Sarah just face it , your ship has sailed and you weren't on it !
    Just say good bye .

    June 15, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  14. Kita

    "Facing the protesters, facing the critics – that's something I do well."

    Says the person who resigned from public office when the heat was on.

    June 15, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  15. Bigwilliestyles

    Wonder what Glen Rice thinks of her speech.

    June 15, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  16. Randy, San Francisco

    Palin is one of the major stumbling blocks to the rebranding of the Republican Party.

    June 15, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  17. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    I hope she sticks around a while longer, because she longer she does, the more intelligent and wiser and better she makes the Democrats look. Ha, ha, HA!

    June 15, 2013 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  18. DarqueSide

    Sarah, we're not laughing WITH you. We're laughing AT you, and you're either a) too ignorant to realize it, or b) too ignorant to realize it.

    June 15, 2013 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  19. michelle

    This woman speaks.....too much ? Poorly? Drivel? The list goes on and on, but wisdom is not on that list

    June 15, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  20. buford

    Dan You did! HA HA

    June 15, 2013 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  21. Mahone

    And Nancy Pelosi is a real gem.....right?

    June 15, 2013 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  22. just me

    Witticisms? By definition she's incapable of a witticism. She might be able to muster half of one, though. Hey, that would tie her personal best in anything!

    June 15, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  23. Ranko

    So what's changed? People didn't vote for her before and they won't now. She got lots of money from TV as did her daughter so hopefully they'll all go back to Alaska and spend it.

    June 15, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  24. sciline

    Palin's "Bridge to Nowhere" has long provided her with a structure for her seemingly unending trip to "Nowhere" while dragging her mind to "Match to Match" behind her.

    June 15, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  25. likeAplan

    $arah Palin is a political rock star....she has it, and it is what 95% of her fellow politicians wish they had (whatever it is).

    June 15, 2013 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
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