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 Sidney McCainTrump congratulated Putin after his national security team told him not to: report Trump faces backlash after congratulating Putin on election win McCain rips Trump's congratulatory call to Putin as an insult to Russian people 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 CornynWhite House officials expect short-term funding bill to avert shutdown Spending bill delay raises risk of partial government shutdown support GOP leaders to Trump: Leave Mueller alone MORE's (R-Texas) brief thanks. National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) did not mention her.