Sarah Palin argued Saturday that the Republican presidential nominee would only be strengthened by an extended nomination battle, and she urged conservatives to unite behind whomever the party’s eventual choice is.

Palin’s closing speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference was a populist rallying cry, heavy with criticism not just of President Obama but of the “crony capitalism” that she says has infected Washington more broadly.

Too often, she said, those who decry Washington as a “cesspool” become comfortable in the “hot tub.”