August 1st, 2010
07:04 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin: Brewer has the 'cojones' that Obama does not

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="In a television interview that aired Sunday, former Gov. Palin used a distinctly masculine metaphor to describe how Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, left, and President Obama are approaching border security."]
(CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has come to the defense once again of one of her fellow "mama grizzlies" but this time using a distinctly masculine metaphor.

In the wake of the Obama administration's partial judicial victory last week in the litigation over Arizona's controversial immigration law, Palin said on "Fox News Sunday" that Arizona's female Republican governor has "the cojones that our president does not" when it comes to securing America's borders.

"This is a temporary suspension of some of the key elements in the law that [Arizona Gov.] Jan Brewer pushed hard for Arizonans and for the rest of the country to have the result of us being more secure," said Palin.

She added, "And, Jan Brewer, bless her heart, she's going to do all that she can to continue down the litigation path to allow secure borders because she's – Jan Brewer has the cojones that our president does not have to look out for all Americans – not just Arizonans – but all Americans in this desire of ours to secure our borders and allow legal immigration to help build this country. . . . if our own president will not enforce a federal law, more power to Jan Brewer . . . to do what our president won't do."

According to, the word "cojones" is a Spanish term for male reproductive organs. It also can be used as slang for "nerve" or "boldness."

The Tea Party favorite also said that it was "idiotic" in the current economic situation to let the Bush tax cuts expire for higher-income brackets as Obama and Capitol Hill Democrats plan to do.

"To reduce deficit spending and our enormous debt, you rein in spending, you cut the budget. You don't take more from the private sector and grow government with it. And that's exactly what Obama has in mind," Palin said.

Making a reference to an event in February of this year where cameras caught notes about policy points written on the palm of her hand, Palin also poked fun at herself.

Related video: Palin's 'cheat sheet' on hand

"My palm isn't large enough to have written down" all the effects of Obama's plan to let the tax cuts expire, Palin said, pointing to an ink-stained palm.

Palin said letting the cuts expire would cause a total tax increase of $3.8 trillion over the next ten years and she explained that the notes on her hand read "'$3.8 trillion, next 10 years,' so that I didn't say 3.7 and then get dinged by the liberals, saying I didn't know what I was talking about."

Asked about her PAC's recently released campaign-style video championing her nascent "mama grizzly" movement, Palin explained her string of recent endorsements of often underdog conservative female candidates.

Related: Palin speaks of 'new conservative feminist movement'

"It just so happens that these common-sense, constitutional, conservative women are willing to put it all on the line," she said. "And they're going to make a lot of sacrifices in order to serve their country. They have a lot to contribute. They just all happen to be women and I support them strongly and wholly."

Palin added, "That video was all about supporting those women – men too – with common sense, with a desire to protect our Constitution, and the free market in America – and turn some things around in this country."

Palin was characteristically noncommittal when it came to the issue of her own political future – namely, whether she has her eye on a White House bid in 2012.

"Well, I've never committed to running for president," she said. "People are going to be worried about 2012 in future months, but that's not where my focus is."

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soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. humalog

    Palin: " letting the cuts expire would cause a total tax increase of $3.8 trillion over the next ten years". That would be GREAT! Let the rich pay what they payed pre-Bush2. Look at national economy graphs over the last 75 years and rich paying higher rates did not hurt the economy one bit AND it's an incentive for them to invest and similar to keep their taxes down.

    August 1, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  2. smum

    The vulgarity and ignorance of this woman is mind-boggling. The damage being done to this nation is scary. It is embarrasing and sad to witness the disrespect shown the United States of America by her and her followers. Is this the kind of people that will make the USA remain a superpower? She and her followers have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to contribute. They just drain oxygen from the rest of us. DISGUSTING!!!!

    August 1, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  3. jim atmadison

    Ahh, the lovely Ms. Palin. Classless and clueless.

    Obviously presidential material.

    August 1, 2010 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  4. smum

    It is your prerrogative to censor my comment and not post. I stand behind every word stated. Don't post if you don't wan't to.

    August 1, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  5. Vixil

    As if the opinion of the idiot from the North has any credibility. New book Sarah? Frustrated because your tart will never exhibit the same class or pedigree as Chelsea Clinton. Please Ms. Palin, grow up.

    August 1, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  6. New Yorker

    Won't this IDIOT Sarah Palin just go away!?!? Why do you, CNN, keep writing about her? Enough already. You are giving a voice to a person who has no brains. I am now holding you responsible for her. I have pooped smarter turds than Sarah Palin. Flush her away/

    August 1, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  7. Ed

    They Bush must have had tiny ones because the problem was much worse when he was in charge.

    August 1, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  8. go away already

    a 8-year bachelor's degree holder congratulating a high school diploma recipient.

    oh the idiots the right looks to...

    August 1, 2010 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  9. AZ rocks

    Not the way I would have said it, but yes, Brewer is getting something done (that is legal), while Obama and his administration has been a stumbling block.

    Illegal immigration means immigration that is contrary to the laws of the United States. Even Mexico has tougher laws and penalties (Fox is a hypocrite).

    August 1, 2010 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  10. dcdrew8171

    This women is the biggest threat to America and democracy. She is truly lacking honesty and a positive direction for this country. she lacks any real knowledge of what is going on or how we got here but is filled with contempt for the lose of nothing more than a place in history as a first, there is so much untruth in this women and the hate filled people who follow her. If this is the best we have to offer as a possible leader for this great country than we are in worst of a state the last run of this fear based untruthful party members she represents. May God help us over come this sort of misleading leadership.

    August 1, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    This womans' intelligence is limitless. Thanks McCain for unleashing this trashy reality show on the rest of us. Palin makes Jersey Shore look like a Sunday morning news talk show.

    August 1, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
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