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. Bob

    Everything she says is a joke this would be normal for her....

    June 16, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. Dave Harris

    Republicans must just cringe every time she opens her mouth. Her brand of ignorance, hyperreligiosity, and bigotry actually makes Republicans look even worse than the are, if that's possible. She really is a godsend, to Democrats.

    June 16, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. JD

    Disgrace to Alaska and the country! That little good ol boys club she tried to create with Todd and the other suck ups around her didn't last very long outside her neck of the woods. McCain wouldn't even make that dumb of a mistake again. Go away Palin we don't want or care about you. Fox, you are scraping the bottom of the barrel. Fox is not a news outlet, it's a reality show gone bad. The only reason it exist is because of the repubs that have money. It should be taken off the air!

    June 16, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  4. Bennycat

    Can't we get this woman off the stage? Sarah, the moose miss you.

    June 16, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  5. NameFrank Deery

    Bravo! Gov Palin is the only one saying what
    So many Americans are thinking about Obama and his minions. So glad she is back and in their faces about their disasterous second term!

    June 16, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  6. Pete

    Palin tries to live down those SNL sketchs about her but how can she when in reality that's her like it or not.Just a brainless twit trying to spread her delushional wishes on everyone like fairy dust...Sarah remember they're not laughing with you nitwit,they're laughing at you and if that's what you wish in life than we'll grant that as well as republicans going down at midterms as well,good enough ,I think so!!

    June 16, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  7. ed dugan

    So Mrs. Irrelevance is still around. She looks like she lost some weight, maybe to match her lightweight intellect. McCain has now etched his mistake in history and foisting Palin on us will haunt him forever.

    June 16, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. hmmm

    I will never understand, why as the worlds most advanced nation, we produce at such an alarmng rate so many palins. There is a palin like insect in your neighborhood, at your place of employment and their discusting offsprings are playing with your teenage daughter/son right now and if you are not a good parent, you maybe the proud grandparent of a palin like creature very soon.

    June 16, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  9. Kebos

    Palin, in a word....."Idiot"

    June 16, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. buckyg1

    Palin needs to move to the Valley and dye her hair blonde, She's a total air head, I can't stand to hear her voice. Plus her ideas are totally out there.

    June 16, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. frederick

    In the past there has always been that lone conservative voice in the comments- "Oh, she's got the libs in an uproar, she must be doing something right!". I don't see any of that here today though. Victory perhaps?

    June 16, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. icim2ys4u

    If i become the grandparent of a " sarah plain nd tall" like creature i will castrate my two teenage boys.

    June 16, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    The next time Chairman Priebus of the RNC asks why the Republican Party cannot connect with a majority of voters, he needs to look no further than quirky personalities in his party like Palin.

    June 16, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. StrawberryJam

    I think its sad that Fox news or even SNL has someone who spews so much hatred and stirs the pot over and over again. This country doesn't need to hear from any more Sara Palin's, Mitt Romney's, Glenn Beck's , Sean Hannity's. We need to heal and work together if we ever want this country to continue to be the leader of this free world. Sara needs to go back to Alaska and do something good for this world and quit whipping her tongue .

    June 16, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  15. hung trinh

    Obama's divide and conquer policies plus the incompetent in dealing with foreigner policies have let to demise of USA position in the world. We as American should united and put this nation first. the health care and welfare will drain this Nation of resources and put us in the same position as European nations and we will unable to defend our nation.
    There will be no American if we do not have USA as a nation.

    June 16, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  16. Computer DNA Sequenced By Rebel Hackers

    We have sequenced her, and will clone her multiple times in the near future.

    Be afraid. We are...

    June 16, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. Dinkus Americanis

    I think it's funny how everyone seem to think Palin is dumb, shallow and unready for running our country. Instead, they vote for Obama, the "smart" choice. Five years in, we are still in the same economicsituation as when we started (now, just where did those jobs go?), we are butt-deep in scandals, our standing in the world is diminished, and Obamascare is going to cost us way more than the $2500 savings promised. Go ahead. Focus on the "caribou barbie"aspect . But you have to admit that what she is saying in this interview is true.......

    Does she have an annoying voice? Hell Yeah! Is she right in her observations? Hell Yeah! Is she ready for the Presidential stage? Probably not, but neither was the one we did elect.

    June 16, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. EffortPA

    Sarah Palin, the gift that keeps on giving to the Democratic party! I seriously doubt Obama would have been elected twice, if it weren't for her involvement in those elections. I just hope she gets more involved in the next presidential election.

    June 16, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  19. me

    when will it be legal to take shots at her from a helicopter?

    June 16, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. yogi

    All this woman has contributed to the welfare of this country is negativity, and she always does so in a very annoying manner. She has no vision, no ideas, and the elevator doesn't go all the way up.

    June 16, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. Eddy in Wenatchee

    This is great! I can tell by the comments that the left wing liberal loonies are already getting nervous.

    June 16, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. Dan5404t

    Nobody cares!

    June 16, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. jennifer in Houston

    "One liners... " that's about the size of her intellect..

    June 16, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. Frank

    as long as the Republican party embraces people like Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann they will never regain control of the white house or the senate.

    June 16, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. HowlinWolves

    Why is this person STILL in the news? She is so ignorant that I cringe every time she opens her mouth. Yes, the IRS screwed up.....while it was headed up by a Republican Bush appointee. Yes, the NSA spies on our calls.....a program set up under Bush.

    June 16, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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