Palin decries GOP 'cannibalism,' defends Gingrich
January 27th, 2012
07:48 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin decries GOP 'cannibalism,' defends Gingrich

(CNN) - She may not be publicly endorsing a candidate for president, but Sarah Palin clearly has a favorite in the ongoing campaign feud between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

In a post on her Facebook page Friday, the former Alaska governor praised Gingrich's Ronald Reagan connections, while questioning Romney's conservative credentials. Ultimately, Palin said the GOP establishment backing Romney were "cannibals" for attempting to discredit Gingrich.

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"I am in favor of contested primaries and healthy, pointed debate," Palin wrote. "They help focus candidates and the electorate. I have fought in tough and heated contested primaries myself. But what we have seen in Florida this week is beyond the pale."

Palin, whose husband Todd endorsed Gingrich earlier this month, said tactics used against the former House speaker were reminiscent of attacks against her during her vice presidential bid in 2008.

"The difference in 2008 was that I was largely unknown to the American public, so they had no way of differentiating between the lies and the truth," Palin said. "All of it came at them at once as 'facts' about me. But Newt Gingrich is known to us – both the good and the bad."

Gingrich's relationship with Nancy Reagan, along with an endorsement from Reagan's son Michael, should speak to the former speaker's record as a conservative, Palin argued.

"There are no two greater keepers of the Reagan legacy than Nancy and Michael Reagan," Palin wrote. "What we saw with this ridiculous opposition dump on Newt was nothing short of Stalin-esque re-writing of history."

Borrowing one of Gingrich's favorite campaign lines, Palin said the mainstream pillorying of Gingrich was "Alinsky tactics at their worst," referencing the radical community organizer Saul Alinsky, who Gingrich namedrops frequently on the stump

Palin boiled down the race to a tug-of-war between mainstream Republicans backing Romney, and grassroots activists unwilling to fall in line behind the establishment pick.

"I respect Governor Romney and his success," Palin wrote. "But there are serious concerns about his record and whether as a politician he consistently applied conservative principles and how this impacts the agenda moving forward. The questions need answers now. That is why this primary should not be rushed to an end. We need to vet this."

Palin ended months of speculation in October when she announced she wasn't seeking the GOP presidential nomination. Political observers have been looking for an endorsement from the former governor ever since, but have thus far been left hanging.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Sarah Palin
soundoff (318 Responses)
  1. David

    Cannibalism? Come on...she'd eat her children if she could make a buck!

    January 28, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  2. mcjon22

    As a Republican, I will never be able to forgive John McCain for Sarah Palin. Please, just go away.

    January 28, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  3. Tam

    She is a legend in her own mind. If she knows what "legend" means..... or "mind."

    January 28, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  4. WHO?

    Palin abandoned her State while she was suppost to finish being thier Govener. She went for the almighty dollar, sold out for a fast buck during her 15 minutes of fame. Times up. Go hunt a moose.

    January 28, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. don

    I wouldnt vote for Sarah Palin for dog catcher. I do see that she is studying hard to learn 1 new word a, cannabilism....

    January 28, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. REC

    The minute I met the gal from Alaska I knew she would never be anything to worry about in national politics. McCain struck up the wrong friendship and he was so sure that everyone would love the gal from way out west somewhere.
    Maybe in 2020 we will be looking for you again, sorry but for now just keep quiet and let the GOP drown themselves.

    January 28, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. T. E. Lawrence O. A.

    Hypocritical Sarah is DESPERATELY SEEKING THE VP SLOT and this is her way of begging.

    The Tactics she condemns are the same tactics she has used over and over – she's very Hypocritical.

    January 28, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  8. Pha

    Cannibalism? Please, Ms. Palin. Have no fear. Nobody wants to bite you.

    January 28, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  9. John

    II never thought I would enjoy hearing from this challenged person again, but I am LMFAO!

    January 28, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  10. Dennis

    Somehow I doubt Sarah Palin is a figure the GOP should be listening to if they want to win in the general election.

    January 28, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  11. vkraman

    Newt and Palin for 2012 will be a great combo!!!!

    January 28, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  12. John

    Somebody has to mention Obama. Did I mention that the last Republican ticket, McCain-Palin, is now totally divided on whom to support in 2012? McCain loathes Gingrich, as who does not? Well, Palin does not! Palin, well, all I see she has in common with Gingrich is delusions of grandeur and a bad case of needing to get revenge.

    January 28, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  13. Ollit

    After Super Tuesday, the serial adulterer named Newt and the accused philanderer named Herman are planning to join the team of President Obama.

    January 28, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    She doesn't really know much of what is going on in the race. I say that Gingrich and Romney should rip each other apart. Let all the cats out of the bag and see what is left at the end of the day.

    January 28, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  15. ron

    I followed mostly all of 2008 presidential campaign and was in awe at the way this women’s mouth spurred hatred and division. As hard as Obama was trying to unite this country, she was causing division. I watched her go into certain towns stating, “This is the real America” and making statements like “Who is this Obama who pals around with terrorist”. McCain soon got on board with her and it wasn’t until very close to the end of the campaign that they stopped. They finally stopped when a woman in one of McCain’s audiences stated” Obamas a terrorist”. McCain went over to her and said something like “No, no he’s not a terrorist”; “he’s a good man”. I believe McCain finally did this because he realized how much they were causing people to hate Obama to the point of causing them to threaten him.
    This country hasn’t been the same since. Thanks for all your help Ms. Palin. The love just continues to pour out of you. The GOP is just giving each other some of your own medicine.

    January 28, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  16. kyle

    Palin is Gingrich's attack dog on FOX yet she avoids "endorsing" him. If I were advising the Romney camp, once he's the nominee I'd tell her to "go away and don't endorse our candidate. We don't need you or want you". She's a whack job and why anyone listens to her is beyond me.

    January 29, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  17. roger

    lets be clear... palin is shaking in her panties because she wanted to run in 2016... by 2016 obama would have so destroyed the country that any republican could win (the only time someone as mentally delayed as sarah would have a shot!) she never expected romney to do as well as he is and she knows that romney will win in 2012 if he is the nominee... this dingbat is trying to sabotage all republicans this year to further her own poltical ambitions... she is a fraud and a loser... and really needs to start focusing on her children so that maybe she wont end up with anymore grandchildren out of wedlock!

    January 29, 2012 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  18. katy heys

    Palin just wants to stay relevant. She wants to make $$ and stay in the news as long as she can. After this election, she will be pretty much history. She has proven to be a very shallow, ignorant, divisive figure. Watch Fox News dump her after the election.

    January 29, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
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