Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin posed for pictures after addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
After several years of skipping the Conservative Political Action Conference, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin closed out the annual gathering by reading the riot act to both President Barack Obama and the political class in Washington, D.C., and called for larger tea party representation in GOP leadership on Capitol Hill.
Palin described the Republican wave in the 2010 midterms as “a good first step.” Looking ahead to this year’s elections, she urged Republicans to “take back the Senate and fortify the House.”
And with those gains, she pushed for a larger tea party presence in the GOP’s top ranks. “This time we expect them to get leadership posts in Congress,” she said. The remark could be construed as a reference to Sen. Ron Johnson’s (Wis.) loss to Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.) in a December Senate leadership election.