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. Mike

    This woman speaks wisdom."

    And that, right there folks, is the problem with the Republican Party.

    June 15, 2013 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  2. Mack

    She's a quitter and is only relevant in the eyes of fox news and cnn

    June 16, 2013 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  3. RossOKC

    We all know who Palin is for. Big oil, big money, the people that want to force women to give birth, firearm manufacturers over public safety....
    She is the Ronald McDonald of the Republican Party.
    I'm sure they would love to ditch her, but they just can't get rid of her.
    She is the best thing the Democratic Party could hope for 🙂

    June 16, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Palin's a B from hell! Agh, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha...

    June 16, 2013 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  5. conjunction junction whats your function

    she's the one who is a "hot mess". someday we will be able to hide ads, articles with the words Palin or Kardashian. someday.

    June 16, 2013 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  6. conjunction junction whats your function

    here come the "liberals hate women",and "liberals fear her" comments in 3, 2, 1
    my disdain for her isn't about fear, it's about the media saturation of idiots like her, and Kim Kardashian.

    June 16, 2013 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  7. allenwoll

    Move along, Silly Sarah, move along ! ! !

    June 16, 2013 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  8. DW

    Palin is CRAZY.

    June 16, 2013 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  9. Next President

    Run a Palin story and the "tolerant" Left always come crawling out of their holes to howl against someone who dare oppose their warped views. Like clockwork. Pathetic.

    June 16, 2013 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  10. Name Uche Agonsi

    Hmmm......Sarah, Sarah, Sarah.... A pugilist that lost her gloves, now given to screeching artistry. It doesn't help if helpless sounds are created for the trash. Your speeches are always seen with theatrical candour......but lacking in any solution, either meaningfully or not. Your trail is only quitting under difficulties without legacy, just like in Alaska governance & your Fox debuts. It doesn't makes sense either for your Repub Sponsors/Pears to ever perfect in evolving artificial crisis in US by regular shrills of wolf when theres no wolf, does it?......... As I advised before, please visit GWB for a better image via his bathroom painting.

    June 16, 2013 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  11. guitarharry

    Please, Sarah, just go away. Nobody cares.

    June 16, 2013 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  12. pablo

    She flat-out sucks. Her association with the GOP clearly indicates why that party has imploded.

    June 16, 2013 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  13. Ferathka

    Oh I hope she runs. It will show how dumb the Republican party is by giving her a shot...please please please!!1!!

    June 16, 2013 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  14. wade


    June 16, 2013 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  15. Bevis Calahan

    The half Govenor is no joke!

    June 16, 2013 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  16. Behjat

    I can't believe that she is back in the news, more than that, I can't believe I'm wasting my time, responding to this so called news. She was done before she started. Can't she see that people are laughing at her?

    June 16, 2013 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  17. godfrey

    God bless Sarah Palin, an American patriot unafraid to stand up and speak the truth.

    June 16, 2013 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  18. Anonymous

    It is always humorous to hear liberals attack a woman that is a grandmother. Another fact is that this grandmother could kick the crap out of the lefts fearful leader, Barack H. Obraindead, in a fist fight.
    I think Vegas gives Sarah 3 to 1 and goes as high as 7 to 1 if Baracks teleprompter stops working due to the fact he would have to have someone telling him to how to fight.
    Remember the "War on Woman" Baby Barack?
    Or did he mean he doesn't like war because he has a set of stones the size of a woman.
    All of these lies and congressional investigations have me almost as confused as a glue sniffing liberal.
    Semper Fi

    June 16, 2013 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  19. godfrey

    Palin is correct and has always been correct. She's a true American patriot unafraid to expose the crony corruption in D.C. SHE SPEAKS THE TRUTH. Further, she has more common sense than all the members of Congress combined.

    June 16, 2013 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  20. godfrey

    yea socialism really works! for the democrat politicians!...taking more n more money from Us hard working Ppl and wasting it on lazy Ppl just for votes!!!!

    June 16, 2013 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Palin who?

    June 16, 2013 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  22. Bhán

    "Time's-a-wasting...." says Palin. Only time wasted is the time spent reading about or listening to her blithering

    June 16, 2013 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  23. That's just crazy talk

    She probably spent all her spare time over the last 2 years thinking of come backs.

    June 16, 2013 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  24. Eddie

    She's trying to be witty again and failing miserably. Anyone can grandstand in front of the home crowd. I'd love to see her face a real interviewer again.

    June 16, 2013 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  25. catsnake

    faith and freedom convention? how cheesy can you get?

    June 16, 2013 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
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