In her speech on Saturday at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took jabs at the Republican establishment, gun control advocates, and President Barack Obama. She also singled out former GOP kingmaker Karl Rove, suggesting he return to Texas and run for office himself.
The former vice presidential candidate opened her speech by praising Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
“America, send more like Ted Cruz,” she said. “We need ‘em.”
She then launched into her trademark brand of resentment-driven red meat for the GOP base, dinging the president for wanting universal background checks for gun purchases and for supporting other gun control measures.
“It’s not about the bad guys, it’s all about the lead. That chunk of metal solely did the crime,” she mocked.
She sipped from an extra-large soda of the type targeted by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on sugary drinks, and delved into Breitbart-style Republican apocrypha like questioning the president’s citizenship and talking about “Obamaphones.”
The one-season reality show star and mother of a two-time “Dancing With the Stars” contestant called the Obama administration to account, saying, “We don’t have leadership coming out of Washington. We have reality television.”
She singled out former advisor to President George W. Bush, Karl Rove, for special scorn. Rove, in some ways, led the establishment wing of the Republican Party in falling out of love with Palin. Rove has called the former half-term governor thin-skinned and saying she lacks “gravitas.”
“If these experts keep losing elections keep raking in millions, if they feel that strongly about who should run in this party they should buck up and run or stay in the truck. The architects can head on back to the Lone Star State and put their name on the ballot,” she said.
Watch the speech, embedded via the American Conservative Union, below: