Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) ridiculed herself, poked fun at journalists and tossed a little mockery at the way of her Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign at Saturday's Gridiron dinner.

The winter event -- an exclusive gathering of top D.C. media types at which Palin and Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass) were keynote speakers -- is historically candid yet typically off the record.

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Still, snippets of Palin's remarks in particular creeped into news reports late Saturday night. Among the highlights from the former governor's speech, as reported by the AP:

-- Palin took a shot at Vice President Joe Biden's hair: "I could be the one overseeing the signing of bailout checks and Vice President Biden could be on the road selling his book, 'Going Rogaine," she said.

-- Reflecting on her remark during the campaign that she could "see Russia" from her house, Palin quipped she "came down from my hotel room and I could see the Russian embassy."

-- The former governor, however, seemed to take the biggest shot at McCain's election team, who she all but excoriates in her new book: "The view is so much better from inside the bus than under it," she joked about the difficulties of the campaign trail.

-- She ultimately thanked reporters, the hosts of the evening's event, for the invitation -- but not before equating them with "a death panel," borrowing language she has previously used in this year's healthcare debate.

Frank, too, scored a few laughs Saturday night. In particular, he responded to criticisms about his decision to stay off Twitter, even as more of his colleagues begin to use it.

"Maybe I lack intellectual curiosity, but I'm not that interested in what Claire McCaskill has for lunch," the congressman said, in reference to the fact Sen. McCaskill (D-Mo.) has a reputation as an active user of the Web site.