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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  1. Quitter Palin demonstrates her stupidity again

    Hmmm......."in over ones head" would be what happens when you cannot even finish your first term as governor of a sparsely populated state. Palin is simply demonstrating her abject stupidity yet again. Our President is actually quite underrated. He has passed major healthcare reform in the face of virulent GOP opposition as well as passing major financial reform. He has also had to do this while dealing with two wars, an economic meltdown, a major oil spill and relentless (and usually nonsensical) criticism by Palin and her ilk no matter WHAT he does (if he wants to talk to school children it is wrong because he will indoctrinate them with his "socialist ideaology" but if he doesn't talk to boy scouts then it is wrong because he should make that a bigger priority -- we all know that if our President DID plan to address the boy scouts the right would simply ressurect their "socialist ideaology" complaints). Our President has remained strong through all of this, while Palin quits as soon as the going gets tough. Palin is definitely the one who was "in over her head" and the facts prove it.

    August 5, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. John, Chicago

    Sarah Palin really just needs to go away and go far away.
    Also Fox news is not a legitimate news program.
    They are merely a channel where racist people can feel like someone is going to bat for them. These people really piss me off.
    Those stupid people who actually adore this job quitting twit.
    I hope she wins the GOP nomination in 2012 because that would make a 2nd term for Obama a cakewalk. One more thing Obama has been in office just over a year and a half NOT 2 years the mess he inherited is the worst mess any president has had to deal with since FDR 2 wars, a tanking economy which resulted in massive job losses. And idiots like Palin apparently think you can just wave a magic wand and all the troubles will go away. I wish these blowhards would offer real solutions other than don't rollback the tax cuts for the wealthiest of the wealthy. Also when the tax cuts for the richest expire their taxes will revert back to where they were before bush adopted them for his rich buddies. It is not a tax increase it is expiration of tax cuts which should have never happened in the first place.

    August 5, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. ja

    this person quit her job halfway., how does she get face time as a quitter, american will buy anything, good recyling though

    August 5, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    Well Well Sarah must forgot she apart of the vetting process. The former half-term governor Palin former Republican vice presidential hopeful. If someone had her a few question before comming the Republican vice president hopeful what a world we live in. open mouth put foot in.

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

    she herself was not vetted properly by john mccain and the people saw what a dope she was. she was the reason mccain lost thank god otherwise we would have has a crazy and unintelligent vice president. i watch her as a comedy show. she lacks intelligence and knowledge she is only good at throwing dirt at the other party CRAZY, DUMB WOMAN. She had to change 4 schools to get a certicate. i hate her.

    No one says anything bad about my PRESIDENT OBAMA I will defend him even if it costs my life. He is a WONDERFUL PRESIDENT. America doesnt know what they have till they have lost it. AMERICA DONT GET FOOLED BY THESE REPUBLICANS. THEY ARE SELF SERVERS AND DONT CARE ABOUT YOU.

    August 5, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. Jason S.

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

    Does Palin even think before she speaks? She's like the female equivalent of Dan Quayle. I wonder if she'll refudiate her earlier comments.

    August 5, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. aunt Bea and Opie

    Poor Sarah,shes making sure all women in politics are now looked at as unvetted morons,like the Michelle twins,Bachman and that other little twerp.hahaha

    August 5, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. JP

    Well maybe he should just quit like you did Sarah.

    August 5, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. republican pride

    Wow, yeah talk about not being vetted. This idiot was a beauty queen with absolutely no experience at all and she was picked to be the VP? Why republicans think it is cool to say that they would listen to a woman with a cosmetology degree about complex national security or domestic policies baffles me. This is embarrassing to even have this woman in the party.

    August 5, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Sarah, you're still here?!?

    Someone tell that moron to please go away! She should go host American Idol! lol

    August 5, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. AB

    Sarah Palin's commentary is nonsensical, inane and is not deserving of anyone's attention. She is the one who is way over her head and was not properly vetted when John McCain selected her to be his running mate in the 2008 Presidential Election. That became glaringly obvious to everyone in America. Barack Obama is the right person to lead this country and has accomplished alot of things in the eighteen months of his presidency. What will it take to shut this stupid woman up?? The answer is this: Obama's success in turning around the economy, ending the two wars overseas and the further realization of healthcare reform and financial reform.

    August 5, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. dale

    Palin-spoken like a true idiot.

    August 5, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. ART

    Sarah Palin is a festering boil on the butt of humanity

    August 5, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Keep flapping your gums Sarah. Every time you open your mouth you give the Democrats more ammo!

    August 5, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. David

    Exactly how does somebody who couldn't even tough it out as the Governor of ALASKA get to talk about somebody else being in over his/her head? Who has been watching the clock? Her 15 minutes have to be close to being up.

    August 5, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. LMC

    A great response from the DNC!!!

    August 5, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Effelbee

    Sarah Palin continues to say things which can only damage the GOP--go for it, Sarah!

    August 5, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Tony

    Easy for someone with no head to be in over to say. How's the view from the cheap seats, former half governor Palin? Oh, please run in 2012!

    August 5, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Sylvia

    I agree with Sarah...

    August 5, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. John N.C.

    There is no question about Obama being in over his head. He had next to no experience.

    August 5, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. Matt

    Palin is sorely disappointed – by this point in her favorite president's first term, we'd already been attacked by terrorists, destroyed the budget surplus, given giant handouts to the rich *and* started one war and were full-steam ahead on the train of lies to start another!

    August 5, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. jim

    more idiocy from the far far way-to-far right.

    it'd be nice if they could just use a little common sense and a few facts.

    August 5, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. Hairball

    This stuff is gold, Jerry, gold! Long live Sarah!

    August 5, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    "In over his head"? This from Sarah Palin!?!? Again, first off who cares what she thinks?!?!...........second, she is less qualified than anyone, especially President Obama, in making any kind of judgements about anyone in the political arena..............and third, who cares what she thinks?!?!

    August 5, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Birdwatcher1

    Let me get this straight. Half-term governor (if you can call her that) of tiny population, ready to secede from the U.S., who can hardly string together a coherent sentence, with a vague 5-year long bachelor's degree from 4 different "universities" around the country has a superior view of how complex issues that affect national and global economies, governing policies and cultures should be dealt with? Better, that is, than an accomplished scholar and legal mind who has already put in almost 2 years in the Office of the President during one of the most trying times, economically and politically, in the history of the U.S. I have to sit down for this one.

    And someone should play that John Prine tune for Ms. Quitty-pants: That Flag Decal Won't Git You Into Heaven Anymore.

    August 5, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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