This week, Sarah Palin called filibuster reform “democrat hypocrisy” and a “distraction” aimed at keeping the American people from talking about big government.
The Fox News contributor spoke with host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” weighing in on the “nuclear option,” the remarks of MSNBC host Martin Bashir, and her belief that the national debt is comparable to slavery.
Wallace said that President Barack Obama has faced more than twice as many filibusters on his nominees as President George W. Bush.
“Doesn’t any president — Republican or Democrat — have the right to be able to name his team unless a nominee is just wildly outside the mainstream?” he asked.
Palin said it’s not Congress, it’s the people Obama is nominating.
“Well there are a lot of ‘wildly outside the mainstream’ nominees and pals of Barack Obama that he wants to see help him usher in an agenda to transform America,” she responded.
“As for this rule change that some people are calling the nuclear option under Senate rules, you know, I guarantee, this week, Thanksgiving Dinner, people sitting around their tables were not going to be talking about the president blessing this thwarting of a balance of power in Congress with new Senate rules called the nuclear option,” she said. “People are going to be talking about our failed big government policies that will bankrupt this country.”
She said “it’s a distraction and it’s a lot of, you know, double standard and Democrat hypocrisy because just a few years ago they were so anti, anti-nuclear option.”
Palin also doubled-down on her controversial analogy that the national debt is akin to slavery.
"The definition of slavery is to be beholden to a master, and we will be beholden when that note is due, when we have taken from our children and our grandchildren and borrowed from foreign countries in order to pay for our wants today," she told Wallace." "We will be beholden to a master at some point when that note's due."
Last week, Martin Bashir said Palin should get a lesson in slavery by having someone defecate in her mouth.
“Given her well-established reputation as a world class idiot,” Bashir said, “it’s hardly surprising that she should choose to mention slavery in a way that is abominable to anyone who knows anything about its barbaric history.”
Bashir later apologized for his remarks.
Palin called the comments “vile” and “evil.” She said it was hypocritical of MSNBC not to have punished Bashir.