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 McCainMeghan McCain says Steyer should drop out: 'I hate that guy' Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' GOP casts Sanders as 2020 boogeyman 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 CornynHillicon Valley: Twitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates | Barr vows to make surveillance reforms after watchdog report | DHS cyber chief focused on 2020 Twitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates Trump creates new headaches for GOP with top intelligence pick MORE's (R-Texas) brief thanks. National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) did not mention her.