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Palin lampoons Washington as ‘awash in scandal’

Before an adoring crowd of religious conservatives, Sarah Palin mocked recent scandals swirling around the Obama administration, performing her own version of a Saturday Night Live parody.

“They have this skit where they do this fake newscast, and they read this completely absurd news report and finish it with an incredulous ‘Really?'’” Palin told the audience Saturday afternoon at a meeting of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. “As in, our government spied on every single one of your phone calls but it couldn’t find two pot -smoking deadbeat Bostonians with a hotline to terrorist central in Chechnya.”

“And, it’s built apparatus to sneak into all of the good guys’ communications but - whoopsy daisy - it missed the Fort Hood mass murderer of our own troops, despite this Islamic terrorist declaring his ideology in numerous army counseling sessions and on his own business cards. But, whoops, no red flags there. Really?”

“The IRS says it can’t figure out how it managed to spend more than $4 million on training conferences because it didn’t keep its receipts,” she said to uproarious laughter. “Really?”

“We’re gathering in a town that is awash in scandal,” said Palin, the closing speaker at the group's annual meeting. “In other words, just another Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C.”

The Faith and Freedom Coalition is a 5013c4 organization founded in 2009 by Ralph Reed as a way to join together Tea Party and religious activists. The theme of this week’s conference was “Road to Majority.”

Before she took the stage, organizers played an upbeat promotional video that showed Palin at appearances and speeches around the country and included sound bites from dozens of people talking about what they admire about the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate. The former Alaska governor returns to the airwaves Monday as part of the Fox & Friends program on Fox News.

At the start of her speech, Palin asked if there were any protesters in the room. There were none.

“Because facing the protesters, facing the critcs is something I do well,” she said. “It’s easy to spot them in the parking lot in their itty bitty purple Volts. What gives them away is that reelect Obama bumper sticker. That bumper sticker might as well say, 'Yeah, I’m still dense.'”

Palin had some harsh words for the Republican establishment, which has been laying some of the blame on far right candidates for the party’s recent national losses.

“To our Republican leadership, you don’t marginalize, discredit and dismiss everyday hardworking Americans,” she said. She offered encouragement to Tea Party activists, saying “start on a local level affecting change, as you work on the higher levels of politicos. Or do both. Just do both.”

Americans need to “rededicate” the country to “our one true heavenly Father”, said Palin, who is writing a book about faith and Christmas. ”If we rededicate our land to our Lord, things will turn around.”

She wished the crowd a “Happy Founding Father’s Day.”

Lyndsey Layton has been covering national education since 2011, writing about everything from parent trigger laws to poverty’s impact on education to the shifting politics of school reform.

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