Sarah Palin Hits George and Barbara Bush as Elite "Blue Bloods"

Sarah Palin has made plenty of headlines in the past for some of her more memorable choices of words. And she also made headlines this year for creating new ones. After taking heat for using the non-word "refudiate" during an interview on Fox News, the former Alaska Governor defended her choice on Twitter. ""Refudiate," "misunderestimate," "wee-wee'd up." English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!" she Tweeted. AP

Appearing on Laura Ingraham's radio show today, Sarah Palin said that while she "love[s] the Bushes," she sees George H.W. and Barbara Bush as "blue bloods" who are trying to "pick and choose" the 2012 Republican presidential nominee for president.

The comment comes after George H.W. Bush said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is his favorite potential Republican presidential contender and Barbara Bush said she hopes Palin stays in Alaska.

On her radio show today, as Politico's Ben Smith reports, Ingraham said that "elites" like the Bushes are trying to "kneecap" the former Alaska governor, who has said she is considering a presidential run. (Ingraham also pointed to Republican New Jersey governor Chris Christie's apparent dismissal of Palin on Jimmy Fallon's late-night talk show, where Christie said "it's an amazing world" when asked about the possibility of a Palin presidency.) Palin replied that said elites don't understand that "competition is good."

Efforts to "shoot internally" don't make sense, Palin continued, but "that's the way they roll."

"I don't want to sort of concede that we have to get used to this kind of thing, because I don't think the majority of Americans want to put up with the blue-bloods -- and I say it with all due respect, because I love the Bushes -- but the blue bloods who want to pick and chose their winners instead of allowing competition to pick and choose the winners."

"I don't know if that kind of stuff is planned out, but it is what it is, we deal with it, and as I say we forge ahead and we keep doing what we're doing," Palin added. Top Republicans are reportedly working behind the scenes to keep Palin from winning the Republican nomination out of fears that the polarizing former vice presidential candidate would lose badly to President Obama in a general election.

Palin also criticized Michelle Obama during the show, stating that her anti-obesity initiative reflects the first lady's belief that parents can't be trusted "to make decisions for their own children."

"Instead of a government thinking that they need to take over, make decisions for us according to some politician or politician's wife's priority, just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions, and then our country gets back on the right track," she said.

You can listen to the interview, in which Palin also discussed her daughter Bristol's appearance on "Dancing with the Stars," above.


Brian Montopoli is senior political reporter for CBSNews.com. You can read more of his posts here. Follow Hotsheet on Facebook and Twitter.

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