August 5th, 2010
03:33 PM ET
4 years ago

Update: Palin an 'expert' in not being vetted, DNC says

The DNC's response to former Gov. Palin Thurssday was reminiscent of questions about her background that were raised immediately after she debuted as Sen. McCain's running mate in 2008.
The DNC's response to former Gov. Palin Thurssday was reminiscent of questions about her background that were raised immediately after she debuted as Sen. McCain's running mate in 2008.

Washington (CNN) – A day after former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin suggested that voters had not allowed President Obama to be sufficiently scrutinized before putting him into the Oval Office, the Democratic National Committee is firing back and calling Palin "an expert in not being vetted."

In an appearance on Fox News Wednesday night, Palin essentially said Obama is not up to the task of holding the nation's highest office.

"I think he's quite complacent," the former Republican vice presidential hopeful said. "And I think he's in over his head. And I think he has poor advisers around him. And I think he's really in flux kind of when it comes to what his governing philosophy actually is. Some of this though is a result of he not having much experience and then a complicit media and maybe some voters who chose to not to allow him to be vetted very closely."

In a statement e-mailed to CNN, the DNC turned the tables on Palin, who had faced questions about the vetting process used by the Sen. John McCain's campaign to help select her in 2008.

Related: McCain camp defends vetting process on Palin

"While former half-term governor Palin is certainly an expert in not being vetted, we put our trust in the judgment of the American people who rejected not only the broken policies she and Republicans continue to call for, but also this very kind of childish politics she continues to engage in," DNC national press secretary Hari Sevugan said. "What's been fully vetted and thoroughly rejected by the American people is the failed approach in tone and substance offered by Sarah Palin and her ilk."

Speaking last year, A.B. Culvahouse, the attorney tasked with leading the vetting process for McCain's running mate, said he thoroughly scrutinized Palin and "came away impressed."

Culvahouse also suggested that McCain had been attracted to the risks associated with picking Palin.

"I said, John, high risk, high reward," Culvahouse told an audience last year. "His response: you shouldn't have told me that. I've been a risk-taker all my life."


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  1. Marie MD

    Finally!! Somebody fighting back.
    And, yes, she IS an IDIOT!

    August 5, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Pete

    Can't this mental pygmi shut the heck up and go away? Do people really think theres a functioning brain in there some place?

    August 5, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. Bill in Austin

    Again, you folks insist on airing every comment by a person who lost an election, quit as a governor, and couldn't handle simple softball questions for the media. Why is her comments even considere newsworthy? The fact that she makes these comments on FOX should tell you all you need to know about her boba fides.

    August 5, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    The sad things is, that before the election Sarah Palin had no idea of what the word "vetted" even meant!

    August 5, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. The Truth Will Set All FREE

    It's about time DEMOCRATIC PARTY. We have to attack ignorance coming from this idiot every time she speaks; especially when her own party is afraid of her. Not only is she a IDIOT, she is also a RIOT. LMAO!!!!

    August 5, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    For a person who was over her head a PTA president in Wasilla, we have to consider that the McCain campaign vetting process did not get much beyond her looks. I think we all know what Johnny Boy was thinking.

    August 5, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. Mike

    You know, I've just about had it with Sarah Palin.

    August 5, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Rachel

    Sarah Palin: Soap-opera politician vetted by some grizzly bears.

    August 5, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. C.K.

    Palin is off her meds.

    August 5, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Johnny Five

    If it wasn't for CNN, Palin would be a nobody. Because most Americans either don't like her or know her. And I'm a label called Republican.

    August 5, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. MW

    Sarah is dead wrong. I am glad the see the DNC fight back. If Sarah is going go out and make silly comments about the president, then she needs to be called out on it. I would say that the DNC is not scared of Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin - this woman is an idiot.

    August 5, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. RAYMOND

    It's certainly easy to sit back in your armchair and criticize! Isn't it odd that people listen to Sarah Palin yet NEVER drill her on what SHE'd do? The problems Obama inherited would be too much for anyone! But, he's the brightest and best to get them solved! Sarah and his detractors all want the problems solved "right now" – but as we all know this lady and her supportors do not live in reality!!

    August 5, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. KoolD

    Sarah Palin,

    Is identifying exactly where the President lacks. This man is a menace to our country. Well said. As for the DNC, what else can they say. Your right which would be the right answer. Losers

    August 5, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Jeanette Dalgado

    Sarah Palin needs to review her Katie Couric interview. I find it hysterical that she thinks our President is in over his head. This from a woman who can see Russia from Nome, Alasaka. I rest my case!!!!!

    August 5, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Barry

    You know, if the MSM stopped reporting on every inane comment that comes out of the mouth of the half-term former governor of Alaska, she might actually become marginalized and relegated to Fox, and disappear.

    August 5, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. Moderate

    Why does the mainstream media report on this moron? She couldn't hack being the gov. of a state with 695,000 people in it. She can't take any heat and she's a quitter as well. She has no political relevance except voiceing what 22% of pissed off GOP Americans feel. Real constructive HUH?

    CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS..... shame on you all for giving this moron and hate filled tin hat wearing TEA Bagger a platform. You leave her alone, she goes away and maybe we can learn to live with each other again.

    August 5, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. one voice

    This women could've been our vice president with an I.Q. OF 10. Now that's what I call not being vetted. Shut up Palin you DUMMY.

    August 5, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. C.K.

    Take a look in the mirror Palin. You are the epitome of what you're accusing the president of being. You are a hypocrite failin' Palin, and the devil in disguise.

    August 5, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. deshadez

    lol thats hilarious!

    August 5, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. Anita

    'Bout time the DNC stood up and held her accountable for all that pours out of her mouth!

    August 5, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. tman

    I believe Palin herself said "you can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig". That also applies to mama bear.

    August 5, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. CR

    Every time Sarah Palin opens her mouth she makes the case for not electing any Republicans to office. The GOP will never regain the credibility they lost for nominating someone so breathtakingly foolish.

    August 5, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. RAYMOND

    Sarah, John, the GOP leadership & all of the followers have no solutions – only the word "no!". I certainly hope the media AND their followers start to demand to know what their ideas are for 2011 and beyond! But, that won't happen. All these folks want is someone – anyone – to stand up to this "uppity" man. They don't care WHO it is, as long as they can stand before an audience and criticize Obama – they're happy! If they win the WH in 2012 – we're ALL in trouble!

    August 5, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. Dodi

    I believe it was M. Twain who said,

    Better keep you mouth shut and have people think you are a fool, then open your mouth and remove all doubts

    Sarah, be schtum pls.
    CNN - pls stop reporting about Sarah - who really cares... otherwise, also pls let know what Joe the plumber thinks as well.

    August 5, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Joe

    For once, Palin got it right. Obama is in it over his head. As a matter of fact, with Obama in office we continue to hear and see failure in everything that Obama is involved in. Time to remove both parties (trash) from DC and start over.

    August 5, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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