Palin to Cheney: Careful where you aim
August 1st, 2012
08:40 AM ET
2 years ago

Palin to Cheney: Careful where you aim

(CNN) – Don't expect to see Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney on an elk hunt anytime soon.

The former Alaska governor slammed Cheney Tuesday for his assertion that it was a mistake to put her on the 2008 GOP ticket, saying the former vice president was being influenced by the "lamestream media."

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Appearing to reference a now-infamous incident from 2006 when Cheney accidentally shot a campaign contributor on a quail hunt, Palin said sarcastically that Cheney was not known for his "misfires."

"Seeing as how Dick – excuse me, Vice President Cheney – never misfires, then evidently he's quite convinced that what he had evidently read about me by the lamestream media, having been written, what I believe is a false narrative over the last four years, evidently Dick Cheney believed that stuff and that's a shame," Palin said in an appearance on Fox News.

On Sunday, Cheney said in an interview he felt it was a "mistake" for then-GOP nominee John McCain to choose Palin as his running mate.

Cheney said Palin failed to meet the number one requirement for a vice president: a readiness to step into the top job if needed.

"Based on her background, she was only governor for two years, I don't think she passed that test of being ready to take over. And I think that was a mistake," Cheney said in an interview with ABC News.

McCain himself pushed back on Monday, saying he was proud of Palin and what the pair accomplished four years ago.

"I'm always glad to get comments four years later," McCain added sarcastically.

Palin said Tuesday the real mistake would have been turning down McCain's invitation to join the GOP ticket.

"Here's where the mistake would have been, I believe. If I had not answered the call," Palin said. "I was honored to run for the vice president of the United States alongside Sen. John McCain. I was honored to accept the nomination from the GOP."

Citing her approval ratings as governor, Palin said it would have been easier for her to "have hunkered down, live that luxurious live, if you will, in Alaska."

Quoting lyrics from Dire Straits, Palin said she was being targeted by members of her own party.

"Sometimes you're the Louisville Slugger, baby, and sometimes you're the ball," Palin said. "Evidently, in these last months, per many many comments from those within the GOP establishment, I'm the ball."

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soundoff (587 Responses)
  1. Governor 47th In Job Creation (Excluding Off-shored to China and India)

    There she goes again, the perpetual victim, blaming the media.
    Proof positive that Willard Mitt for brains is just Sarah Palin minus the skirt.

    You're the ball alright Sarah, kinda like one that Glenn Rice dunked, you betcha (wink).

    August 1, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    These two are the poster children for the ongoing civil war within the Republican Party. On the one side you have the big government establishment neo-con, while on the other side you have the right wing extremist tea partier.

    August 1, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  3. Tree

    She sound foolish. Dick got it right this time. Blame his comments on the RAIN sister Sara.

    August 1, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  4. ST

    This woman Sarah has no respect at all. Though am not a fan of Dick Cheney, what happened during his hunting trip was an accident like any other. Her ignorance was not an accident. She jumped to accept the offer on which she was not prepared for. The interviews she took, proved this.

    August 1, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    Love this infighting...mama grizzly versus Darth Vader. Both of them are big GOP/Tea Party mistakes!

    August 1, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  6. Ancient Texan

    If Palin was not on the ticket, McCain (RINO) would have gotten even less votes after running the weakest race in history. Bob Dole was a super dynamo in comparison.

    August 1, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  7. independent

    They are bothe loosers...but of the two I would prefer Palin...theres just something about Cheney that makes me ill.

    August 1, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  8. mike the electrician

    typical loser lady injecting weapons language in her tone.

    August 1, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  9. Lori

    Of those two, only one has shot a man in the face. Maybe Palin should be careful where SHE aims.

    August 1, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  10. Max

    Two additional wimps at it...

    Here goes the other two wimps at it...joining their number one wimp 'Mitt' the fumbler. What a bunch of wombats???

    August 1, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  11. William dodge

    Just a hog with lipstick just saying

    August 1, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  12. Gotta Be Kiddin

    "Seeing as how Dick – excuse me, Vice President Cheney – never misfires, then evidently he's quite convinced that what he had evidently read about me by the lamestream media, having been written, what I believe is a false narrative over the last four years, evidently Dick Cheney believed that stuff and that's a shame," Palin said in an appearance on Fox News. –

    WHAT????????? Will someone please translate for me please!

    August 1, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  13. Corwin7

    No honey...you're not "the ball". It's been abundantly clear to everyone involved that wasn't voluntarily blinded themselves out of fanatical loyalty that you're "the village idiot". Being "the ball" implies you at some point had some justification being involved. If you had closed your mouth at some point you might have become a footnote like say Dan Quayle, but you kept talking until pretty much everyone had to admit your just a dimwit.

    August 1, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  14. WhereIsPalin

    We all know that she just had to respond. And again, did it with such eloquence. Hey Fox.........she's a twit.

    August 1, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  15. R.I.P. Damon

    Two strongly opinionated people who are thoroughly despised by the left...I won't expect too many positive comments on this post.

    August 1, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  16. Emilio

    Cheney has the right to his opinion, but voicing it publicly impacts not only the object of his comment but also the person who agreed to have that harridan as his running-mate. It's fun to see the GOP criminals at each other's throat.

    August 1, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. guest

    Palin is a nitwit. Everything to the right is always blamed on the "lamestream media" or the "Liberal Media" so many excuses. And im not sure which part was false. Her lack of experience or she was only governor for 2 years. They were all true. She likes to attack but loves to play the victim.

    August 1, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If 'war crimes' Dick thinks that silly Sarah was not qualified to be president, what about Mittens? He is a walking disaster. KMA Mittens.

    August 1, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. awasis

    Well, Dick was right this time.

    August 1, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  20. Jim in Dallas

    She still can't put together a coherent thought. For once in my life I have to agree with the former VP, choosing Palin showed just how poor McCain's judgement could be and it was a very convincing reason to not vote for him.

    August 1, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  21. awasis

    Sorry Sarah, your not the ball but the ding bat.

    August 1, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  22. Richard

    It's unfortunate for her that she really was never the bat and always the ball.

    August 1, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  23. Josh

    And that about sums up why Palin should not have been on the ticket, you don't joke about things like that if your the VP.

    August 1, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  24. John

    Her stupidity is now three times more evident...evidently LOL.

    August 1, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  25. Robert

    It's so disturbing how when anyone criticizes Sarah Palin (even someone from her own party!) she becomes so incredibly defensive and mercilessly attacks the person making the comment. She's so immature. I think her comments proves what Dick Cheney said, her choice as a vice presidential candidate was a huge mistake!

    August 1, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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