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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soundoff (246 Responses)
  1. alvin

    Can we please stop giving Pailin airtime to publicize her crazy thoughts?

    Thank you.

    August 5, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. ka

    that should shut the dummy up. put her in her place.

    August 5, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. virginia nielsen

    I don't know why people listen to this stupid woman !!! Seems like we still have a few stupid people in this country ... What a shame !!!

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

    Put that NO NOTHING in her place..

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

    Sarah Palin?? Where do we start , let's see..o yeah let's start by a History Lesson...Sarah ,Africa IS NOT a country, and NO Sarah what you see from your kitchen window is your back yard NOT Russia. There are no words to express the total ineptness and incompetence of this half turn Governor....Bottom line thank GOD to the American people who did not elect this woman Vice President....Sarah GO away!!

    August 5, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Robert

    The DNC response is right on. Palin is like the bratty kid in class who will do and say anything to get attention. Take away her coaches, consultants, cue cards - and the palm of her hand - and Palin would sound even more nonsensical than she does already. Her head is filled with disconnected sound bites. Deep thoughts? Not so much.

    August 5, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Stacey

    "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."
    ______________________________________________________

    Poor idiot, Sarah Palin. She's the gift that keeps on giving!

    August 5, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. j

    LOL.....no they didn't--> former "half term" governor" boy oh boy did they fire back

    August 5, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Bill

    So Mr. Culvahouse is refudiating the notion that Sarah Shakespeare Palin was not properly vetted? Was that before or after she drew a blank on what the Bush Doctrine was?

    Seriously, Palin's comments sound like what the psychologist would call projection. According to Wikipedia, "Psychological projection or projection bias (including Freudian Projection) is the unconscious act of denial of a person's own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, such as to the weather, a tool, or to other people. Thus, it involves imagining or projecting that others have those feelings."

    Sounds like Sarah Shakespeare wants the world to think that our President is as big a boob as she is. Now that would defy credulity-except for these few delusional racists that cling to the "birther" nonsense. They would believe just about anything bad about our President.

    August 5, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. Toni - Atlanta

    And, to this day, McCain REGRETS opening that can of worms!!!!

    August 5, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Shawn Shahpari

    Why doesn't sarah palin do us all a favor and go back to alaska. This woman is scary stupid! Coming from being the mayor of Wasilla to criticizing Obama? She's the one in over her head. Lay off the pipe you crack whore!

    August 5, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Michael

    Of course the GOP is going to defend their choice-they could never admit they chose poorly. But McCain's decision to choose her was ultimately what cost him my vote. Palin is the gift that just keeps on giving to the Democrats. If Sarah is the choice for the GOP, there's no doubt in my mind that will ensure a 2nd term for Obama. So, run Sarah, run!

    August 5, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Jerry D

    Sometimes I truly wonder if this person thinks before she opens her mouth. On the other hand, please keep reminding us why we did not vote you to any true power in this nation, and keep up the soundbites that will surely sink your aspirations in the future!!

    August 5, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Bob in Pa

    Hari, her ilk ? Calling 40 – 50% of American voters ilk is childish and won't get you very far. You really know how to show your true colors...

    August 5, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Guest

    She doesn't have the cojones to shut up!!!

    August 5, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Margaret Anderson/Boise, Idaho

    President Barak Obama is not complacent, he just gets his facts gathered up before he speaks. Ms. Palin would do well to do the same. I wish se would use more facts in her yakking points. The says some pretty stupid things, but gets by with it because she says it so cute.

    August 5, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. Chipster

    Palin is also an expert at avoiding situations where her meaningless statements (mama grizzlies?) might be challenged. For example, human moms are concerned that their children with pre-existing conditions can't get health insurance but mama grizzlies don't get up on their hind legs over pre-existing conditions. So, only fools would cheer such a stupid statement. She plays to her crowd and selects them carefully.

    August 5, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. Norbert Maska

    I was hoping the Democrats would "refudiate" Palin's criticisms of Obama.

    August 5, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Weepy

    Hey, you Democrats out there. Chances are, Sarah Palin is not going to be the Republican presidential candidate. And a big bunch of us Republicans wouldn't want that. BUT, you Democrats out there better pay attention, because she is speaking for the biggest bunch of us Republicans–saying exactly what we are thinking. "The American People" (as the Democrats love to use when speaking for the rest of us) have reached the end of the rope. We don't like Mr. Obama and his Chicago friends. We don't like what they stand for. We don't like the MESS they are truly making for this country. AND WE CAN BARELY WAIT TO KICK THOSE FOLKS OUT! This travesty is much worse than even Jimmy Carter could imagine.

    August 5, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. nena

    No kidding, S. Palin is so childish and her Repub friends are too. All they do is cry, cry, cry. What a sore loser. She lost the elections now can she please move on. Imagine what our country would look like with her and the old man McCain in office. He would've already had a heart attack and she would have resigned. Her buddies the Repubs should just face the fact that she is NOT a credible person. She is such a moron.

    August 5, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Bill

    If anyone wasn't properly vetted... it was Sarah Palin. Palin is an idiot.

    WHY she continues to be a news story is beyond me. Democrats would love for her to run because she would be so handily defeated. Republicans don't want he to run for the same reason.

    Palin is an embarrassment to the GOP and John McShame should be ashamed to have ever even entrained the idea of running with Palin.

    August 5, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. jason palmer

    McCain I feel you should be poked with a stick again for being dumb enough to think that you and the Republicans are worried about the American people's best interest. I'm a Vet with 2 Purple Hearts and I got shafted by the military because of the war that George and the Republicans (meaning you) started, and since my daddy wasn't an Admiral i wasn't given everything I wanted therefore I'm not a greedy old man like you. So just shut you mouth and leave us all alone. Oh and take Sarah with you.

    August 5, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. Crystal

    Every time she speaks, she makes it clearer and clearer why the right choice was made!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Reggie

    I truly hope she decides to run in 2012. She would almost certainly win the republican nomination and then it would be a cake walk for Obama.

    The simple truth is that independents (true ones as opposed to the ultraconservative tea-baggers claiming to be independant), are who tipped the scales for that land-slide victory. They will undoubtedly do the same this time.

    Anyone REALLY think Palin could or should be elected as President? Not anyone with an IQ over 60 I'd think.

    Sure- she can rile up a crowd of folks who love her already but she simply doesn't appeal to the masses who will decide these elections. That's why she does well in helping in these party primaries but won't make a difference in the general elections.

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

    Unfortunately American's are addicted to train wrecks and that's just what Palin is. A nobody with slightly above average looks vaulted into the limelight standing merely as a symbol of something conservative, but lacking in any real public service or ideas. Her cash grab and weekly endorsements (as if she were the Republican king maker) show me serious problems with the conservative movement as a whole.

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