Newt Gingrich began his remarks at Monday's Senate House Dinner with a thanks for House and Senate leaders and a nod to the would-be keynote speaker, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R).

"I also want to thank Gov. Palin for being apart of this," Gingrich said, adding that, had she and Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMcCain: Trump's withdrawal from TPP a 'serious mistake' Trump signs executive actions on TPP, abortion, federal hiring freeze Rubio to vote for Tillerson MORE (R-Ariz.) won the presidential election, "this country would have been amazingly better off."

His nod was just one of two so far, after National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman John CornynJohn CornynSessions can put the brakes on criminal justice “reform” This week: Congressional Republicans prepare to huddle with Trump GOP eyes new push to break up California court MORE's (R-Texas) brief thanks. National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) did not mention her.