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 McCainMcConnell to pin down colleagues on healthcare McCain returning to Senate in time for health vote Senate Dems launch talkathon ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote 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 CornynMcCain returning to Senate in time for health vote Overnight Healthcare: Trump pressures GOP ahead of vote | McConnell urges Senate to start debate | Cornyn floats conference on House, Senate bills | Thune sees progress on Medicaid Cornyn floats conference of House, Senate healthcare bills MORE's (R-Texas) brief thanks. National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) did not mention her.