August 5th, 2010
03:33 PM ET
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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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soundoff (246 Responses)
  1. Robert

    Way to go. Typical response, instead of adddressing the claim, turn the accusation back on the accuser.

    August 5, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Beverly - NYC

    When it come to child rearing Little Miss Half Term, Ethics violator is clearly over HER head. The American people vetted and rejected you Miss Bitter much, and if you let your ego get ahead of you in 2012 we will do it again.

    August 5, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Voice Crying in the Wilderness

    This former half-governor has the cajones to say that the President is in over his head! Truly amazing coming from a half- governor who who couldn't take the heat and deserted her post.
    To think that anyone would even comtemplate making this jester President, makes me vwonder about the intellectual composition of this great Nation.

    August 5, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. dgmgdm

    The GOPs retarded baby that wont stop crying. for the 1000000th time go away.

    August 5, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Cat

    Silly Sarah continues to make a fool of herself.

    August 5, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Belteshazzar

    The queen of quit and abuse, calling the pot & kettle colors. Sad irony.

    August 5, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Gil

    Once moronic bimbo always a moron!

    August 5, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. Voice Crying in the Wilderness

    This former half-governor has the cajones to say that the President is in over his head! Truly amazing coming from a half- governor who couldn't take the heat and deserted her post.
    To think that anyone would even comtemplate making this jester President, makes me wonder about the intellectual composition of this great Nation.

    August 5, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. ehwilson429

    Obama, no executive, management or ledership experience.
    entire career as a part time government employee.
    accepted at Harvard Law at age 27 as an affirmative action candidate.

    that's just page 1.

    by the way McCain totally unqualified.

    who chose these Senators? well CNN's Lil' Wolfie Blitzer.
    oh, it's the senator as he wets himself.

    August 5, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. susanj

    This woman is completely and totally crazy and off her rocker. I'm smarter than her and I never went to one college let alone 5. Anyone that thinks this woman could be our next president is crazy too. What is the matter with you people. ? Really, do any of you have a brain? Forget about the part of not vetting our President. She actually said he was in over his head. What an idiot. I just don't get the fascination with this stupid, stupid woman. And here's a suggestion for all you nut jobs that like her – read "Game Change". Maybe that will straighten you out. She is stupid beyond belief.

    August 5, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. hjs3

    When will this woman shut-up and stop making herself look anymore ignorant than she already is?

    August 5, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. JonDie

    Only in America does the dumbest, most ignorant, most illiterate person on the planet, Sarah Palin, think she is genius and the source of all knowledge and wisdom.

    August 5, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. Mark from Louisiana

    If the mainstream media have investigated obamas ties to Rezco, reverend wright, ayers and the other weirdos he associates with he would never have beaten clinton.

    August 5, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. grayguru

    Poor, poor Sarah.
    Doesn't she know that an uneducated person consistently says, "I think..." when an informed person says, "the data indicates..."? I fear that if she had a thought, it would die of loneliness.

    August 5, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. All the news that is fit to omit

    Actually Dumbocrats, she is right.

    He never ran a business, never ran a state, never ran a city, never had soldiers serve under him, he NEVER had a real job, so let's select, elect and protect the new President.

    The only thing this gutless, lying fraud can run is his mouth, with his trusty binkypromter uh, uh, uh, uh, uh of course.

    How many jobs were LOST this week Barry, or do you just don't care as long as you campaign and spend?

    You can go back to community organizing in 2012 and Shelly can go back to that $350,000 no show job THAT NEVER GOT FILLED after she became first "lady".

    Taking credit for this company that took no money is as bad as your Iraq lies...............

    August 5, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. cjr

    let's start ignoring this crazy woman – but then maybe not – hope she wins the republican tea party nomination - what fun that will be!!

    August 5, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. TIR

    No reasonably sane individual in America takes her seriously anymore. John McCain created a monster by not properly vetting her. If he had, no one would have ever heard of her in the first place. John McCain did a dis-service to his party and our country. She's an incompetent nitwit who couldn't even complete a full term in her own elected office.

    August 5, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Nick , California

    I feel as though if anyone had a great idea.. no matter if it came from a Dem or Repub I would back it.. but since Obama took office I have not heard one single solution or credible idea from Republicans other then to deny other Americans their constitutional rights or somehow subject others to their religious beliefs!!! I believe in God, but Jesus would not turn his back on anyone... Jesus would not put profit above life.. he said to love thy enemy.. its a test for all of us to do what is right and for the good of all.. not just for the few who stand to profit! How "Christian is it to divide people rather than bring them together and embrace our common goals as human beings.. love.. health.. happiness.. strength.. respect..??? Instead of creating wedges between ourselves.. I want to see someone with real ideas of bringing our humanity to a better place.. and to stop all of these childish games.. How could I ever see Palin as a role model for my daughter?? She does nothing but divide and insult.. rather than offer solutions and be respectful she does what is easier rather than harder.. and that is to divide!! Fear leads to anger.. anger leads to hate.. hate leads to suffering!!!!

    August 5, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. mark

    "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."

    This woman can't put together a coherent English sentence...

    August 5, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. Robert

    Palin should heed the words of an old adage; those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Vetting…give me a break! One thing that is clear, Palin is a vapid person who would sell her soul for money. She ended her governorship because it got in the way of her making buckets of cash. That is how she shows Americans she cares about principals before profit. If she cared about her country, she would encourage unity and the idea that we are one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL.

    August 5, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. Laverne

    AMEN! I like the fact that they referred to her as "former half term governor" hilarious and TRUE!

    August 5, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. Sunil

    When Sarah Palin tells ANYONE that they are "in over their heads", we must wonder what the world has come down to!

    Palin is the very DEFINITION of "in over one's head".

    August 5, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. nancy

    This comment is coming from a women who needs to teach her family is family values on children having children

    August 5, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  24. Kathey C

    Nothing surprises me with this woman. I wonder if she would have said the same thing on a real news program and not one she works for. She should know when about being in "over her head" when she quit on the people of Alaska. I would just love to see a debate between President Obama and Sarah Palin, then everyone would see who is "in over his/her head".
    Sarah: Stay home and be a mother to your kids, sounds like they need one.

    August 5, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Ed

    Whats her solution to the problems start a war then cut taxs then remove all restrictions on the oil companys. Then quit half way through the term...

    August 5, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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