Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has a way with words -- even when she uses Spanish. Speaking on "Fox News Sunday,"
Palin praised Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for having the "cojones" to address illegal immigration issues -- an attribute President Obama "does not have."
The former vice presidential candidate was taking aim at Justice Department attempts to block Arizona's controversial new immigration law and attacked the president for not addressing "sanctuary cities" -- where local law enforcement officers are prohibited from asking people about their immigration status. Arizona's law bans sanctuary cities.
The law officially took effect Thursday, though stripped of its most controversial elements by a federal court ruling
. Put on hold for now, pending further judicial review, were provisions that required a check of immigration status for anyone stopped by the police under "reasonable suspicion" of unlawful status; made it a state crime to violate federal immigrant registration laws; and made it a crime for illegal immigrants to seek work in the state.
Palin's use of the Spanish term for "testicles" -- or "courage," in the vernacular -- has precedents in politics. President George W. Bush used it in the run-up to the Iraq invasion in 2003, according to Bob Woodward's "Plan of Attack," when he told an aide to Prime Minister Tony Blair, "Your man has cojones" for supporting the controversial U.S. effort. (The summit with Blair at Camp David was subsequently dubbed "the cojones meeting."
In fact, Palin isn't even the first female
politician to use the term publicly. In 1996, then-Ambassador the United Nations Madeleine Albright used it
as well. After Cuban military pilots shot down a civilian plane operated by a Cuban-American exile group, Albright said of the incident: "This is not cojones. This is cowardice."
Also during Sunday's Fox News interview, Palin ripped administration plans to let the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest American expire, saying, "It's idiotic to think about increasing taxes at a time like this."
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