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. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Yes, the half term governor Silly Sarah needs to take a hard look in the mirror with her played out bifocals. Thank you DNC for taking the gloves off. It's about time you guys start calling her out on all the nonsense she spews.

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

    Obama is in way over his head and we are paying for it and will be from now on. The DNC shouldn't say anything with Kaine as their boss. We had the largest tax increase in the history of this state when he was gov. and then he tried to get another tax increase passed before he left office. Talking about being in over your head.

    August 5, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Ed L

    Palin is a disgusting and stupid HAG.... Why does CNN continue to report as "news" every utterance of this boob?

    August 5, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Terry B., Lexington, Ky

    Seriously??? Sarah Palin needs to put a sign around her neck that reads...

    I'M A DORKFISH

    Hey Sarah, news flash for you... The President got the same amount of time as you did to be vetted by the American people. And by the way, stop saying "I THINK", as we have come to learn, YOU are incapable of that...

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

    And Sarah, tell us again **why** we should care what you think? A half-term governor...tells us a lot about you that you are a quitter and definitely a divider!

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

    "Childish" sums her up pretty well. It's as if she hates not being the "it girl" in junior high..she ran for President of 7th grade and lost to a smart boy. Poor Sarah. He is governing just fine, and dealing with lots of things she couldn't even pronounce, let alone make a decision about. Her biggest decision is what to wear, how to style her hair, and which insults to memorize today. She never apologizes, never admits an error, and acts like an entitled, arrogant wannabe.

    August 5, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    And I think he's really in flux kind of when it comes to what his governing philosophy actually is.
    ____________________________________________________
    It's obvious Obama doesn't have a governing philosophy. Trying to buy your way out of issues like unemployment and economic recession is not a philosophy. Blaming all of your failed efforts on someone else is not leadership. Apologizing for events you were not involved with is not a valid foreign policy platform.

    Sarah Paling is consistent in here discussion of the issues because she has an excellent base of values and understanding of what the role of government in America is.

    August 5, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "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."
    -------------------------------–

    FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PRAISE JESUS AND HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (I think I just peed myself!)

    Hari Sevugan....I love you!!

    August 5, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Gary Mason

    It's really hard to take anyone seriously when almost every sentence starts with "And I think..." It's a sad Nation we live in when the way to be heard and gain fame is to share your opinion on everything.

    It's also clear to me that if she really, truly had great ideas, or was interested in bringing the country together rather than pushing it further apart, Obama might have offered her a position as one of his advisers. But talk about someone that isn't qualified to advise.

    She's just lucky that Rupert Murdoch thinks she's relevant.

    August 5, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Amen. Once half gov Palin had just a handful of real questions out to her the American decided she was vetted enough to know that she was idiot that McCain had picked just because she was a woman and the McCain didn't vet her at all. This woman is an idiot who knows only one thing, how to play the right wing nut base.

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

    In over his head? This from a shrill, undereducated beauty contestant who thought she was capable of holding the second most powerful office in the world, but didn't even have the "cojones" to finish her term as governor of Alaska? Why is anyone (CNN included) continuing to give this woman a megaphone for her lunatic rantings?

    August 5, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Squiggs

    This trashy bimbo who took 5 years and 4 universities to get her degree in talking from the university of Idaho has the nerve to suggest that Obama is in over his head is laughable. The sad part is there are even dumber people who will listen to her and agree. Anyone would appear to be in over their head with the hole Bush and his republican henchman created for this country. The nerve of this quitter and knowledege challenged crackpot to suggest that anyone is not up to the job that she is obviously suggesting she is up to. This country is the laughingstock of the world when a person born for reality TV is given the kind of prominent status this amoeba brain is given.

    August 5, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. PSB

    The Sarah Palin reality show will continue, after this commercial break.

    August 5, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. Rick

    " In over his head " ?!?! This from Palin !?!? ycmtsu. lol.

    August 5, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. jve

    She may be saying what other Republicans are thinking but why not get someone else to do the talking? She is not in a position to criticize the president. Could Mitt Romney? Yes. John McCain? I'm a conservative and don't feel she should be the mouthpiece of the conservative bloc. If she was "still" the govenor, perhaps. She's a talking head repeating everything the conservative pundits are saying.

    August 5, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. Danel

    Yo! MSM media out there. Don't you know that Sarah Palin is using you like a yo-yo? Every little squak that came out from her you magnified it and reports it like a broken record. She is making a fool out of you.

    August 5, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Larry Moore

    Sara Sara please go away!

    August 5, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. HappyinVA

    Sarah Palin, you are highly entertaining. She remains relevant through controversy.

    August 5, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. Dick

    Sarah Palin is a buffoon, and outfits like CNN play right into her hands. She was a media product in 2008 and the media has a vested interest in giving her publicity.

    August 5, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Andy Rowen

    AS an independent, both parties suck at governing the greatest country on earth. We are in the early stages of demise of a great nation. Name calling and rudeness will not help this process along. We need more independents to speak up. Big money and lobbyist to stay out of the political process. Men staying out of elections for a hundred years would help, especially the buddy boys. There are countries that are waiting to eat our lunch and all we resort to is name calling and rude statements. Obama is the President, good or bad, we need to rally around him and help our country get out of the mess. History will not be too kind to the Presidents who ran the nation since Kennedy. We should let Sarah run the country (tongue in cheek) and see how much more damage she can do to bring us into depression. What we need is new thought, new parties and address the important issues. Don't let my message get lost in translation.

    August 5, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. Billy, NYC

    At least Obama has not quit in the middle of his first term yet. But, Palin QUITs in the middle of her first term as governor. Hey Alaskians, Sarah knows how to quit you, and get rich by selling her wicked views of the President and the country.

    August 5, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. Smarter

    Sarah Palin / Basil Marceaux.com 2012!!!! Yay America!!!!

    August 5, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. JoeC

    Aw, c'mon, Sarah. Is this a case of the pot cqlling the kettle black? Palin is an embarrassment to America. How this woman ever got out of Wasilla is still a puzzle. Thanks, McCain. For a so-called true patriot, you have a funny way of showing your patriotism. It's a good thing you represent only Arizona. You deserve each other.

    August 5, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. K in Miami

    The damage that this idiotic woman has done to her image is insurmountable, she's damaged goods and the rest of the nutcase Republicans know it.....

    All the idiotic things that she's done and said, are all on video tape, audio tape, and hardback book cover......

    She'll never be elected to ANYTHING.....!

    August 5, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. pc

    it is about time someone from the DNC spoke up for OUR SITTING PRESIDENT! sarah palin is a disgrace to this country. she is an uneducated, white trash red-neck whack job moran. sarah palin must be told that the ELECTION is over! the american majority voted in our president and more than that voted loudly', they did not want sarah palin /john mccain. her hatred and unproffessionalism was more than america could take then and now she is a pure low-rent idiot to continue this 2008 battle. the world is laughing at us sarah palin!!
    we did not want you then an we sure don't want you now. barack obama is our sitting president an will be for 6 more years. he is trying to fix the bush mess as best he can. he has had no help from the republicans and no other ELECTED president has ever had this much damage to correct from a previous administration. i pray for our president each and every night and he deserves respect for all that he is doing. i have never seen in all my life such dis-respect for a sitting president as i have with this man. republicans should get on their knees and ask our GOD to forgive them. fox news should be blown off the airways. they have allowed this whack palin to use them to just continue to pound nothing but falsehoods and lies from her throne. she needs help but for the rest of us, we are sick of this vile,hatred being spewed daily from the right low human fringe. we are all americans and should stand up for our president and our country.

    August 5, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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