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. RoryBellows

    I love how she says 'evidently' 3 times in one sentence. Someone clearly coached her to memorize that joke and used the word 'evidently.' It was probably the first time she had heard that word and was fascinated by it. So she obsessed over it and couldn't stop saying it during her latest word salad.

    August 1, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Spendlove

    Somebody should tell Mama Grizz that denial is a river in Egypt...

    August 1, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. She is dumber than she looks

    When a grown lady, who wants to be taken seriously as a candidate, uses grade school name calling to get her point across it shows that American was right in rejecting her.

    August 1, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. chilly g

    i agreed with the formae vp sha was not ready to be cc of the usa and she quit her job in alaska.

    August 1, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. JPX

    There is no one to root for because they are both horrible people – each represents the worst sides of the Republican party; an evildoer and a dope

    August 1, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. ironman59

    It is so much fun to watch the gop eat their own. They will attack anyone, at any time for any reason. Yet they want us to believe that they have the best choices in candidates, that they know how to compromise. This temper tantrum by the two of them is an example of why we don't need the gop in office. They have no moral compass, they are all out for themselves and they will turn on you in an instant. While the Democrats may have views that people don't agree with they do not turn on each other at every opportunity.

    The more these clowns (who by the way are irrelevant) act like fools in public, the more it shows the true colors of the gop. One is a liar, the other a thief – either way it is not what this country needs.

    August 1, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. JohnRJohnson

    Sarah Palin is the most thin-skinned politician in US history.

    August 1, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    A few months ago Dick Cheyney went on CNN's State of the Union and told Candy Crawley that he had "no regrets whatsoever." And note: Dick Cheyney made that outrageous and disconcerted statement while our troops were still dying in Afghanistan in a war that was deliberately and recklessly abandoned and prolonged for the illegitimate invasion of an Iraqi war that he stamped his approval upon. Hey folkes, you'll are bashing the wrong person and making Cheyney look like the good guy. Stop falling for the right wing hypocricy!

    August 1, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. GI Joe

    The GOP motto is "Greed is Good". just look at them -- anything for money.

    August 1, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Bill

    The only people who take Sarah Palin seriously are those on the far right of the Republican Party, and being how no one else in the country takes any of them seriously, can we stop talking about this imbecile already?!?

    August 1, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Seamusgirl

    Exactly what was Cheney's readiness training? What a goob. Ya know, I really dont like Sarah much, but her response highly improved my esteem for her! Rock on lady. Cheney needs to go back to the castle with his children of the night and retire. He is a vampire sucking the life out of the GOP .

    August 1, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Joe Public

    I think it's HILARIOUS that these two insignificant losers are spatting with each other over which one was correct about the other. Makes for great entertainment for us Dems & Libs!

    August 1, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Howard

    Well, if there's anyone who knows "lame" when she sees it, it's Sarah Palin. But Sarah-baby, when it comes to lame, you Katie Couric interview was over the top. As for being the ball, you obviously don't realize that the purpose of the bat is to hit the ball out of the park, and Cheney did that to you.

    August 1, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. JPX

    "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." I love it! She's describing herself and she's describing it to Fox news. Stop hiding behind the republican news channel, Palin.

    August 1, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. davec.0121

    Poor Palin just can't face up to the truth. Almost everybody of all political persuasions knows and says that it was a major mistake for McCain to have picked her. Not only was she clearly unready (and probably incapable) of stepping in for the president, she also became a highly polarizing and negative figure. Many people voted for Obama because they couldn't bring themselves to vote for her. She really needs to stop blaming the "lamestream" media for all her woes. Firstly, she's a part of it (e.g., Fox), and she eagerly courts its attention – witness her well-publicized bus trips last summer. Secondly, they mostly report not lies, but truths that she doesn't want said. Apparently anything that doesn't focus on her awesomeness is a lamestream media attack. And while she is at it, she really should give "lamestream" a rest – it was novel once, but is now just trite, hackneyed, and irrelevant. Like her.

    August 1, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. Anonymous

    She just couldnt help herself.
    She just "HAD" to throw out........Lamestream media".

    Somebody smack her upside her head, her records stuck....stuck....stuck....

    August 1, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. John

    Hey palin, Are you afraid of the truth.

    August 1, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. K

    I wish Palin would just fade into that Luxurious Live. Oops, luxurious life. Palin, you are not qualified for the job. Period. Accept that. Rather than shooting off your mouth when individuals say something that you don't agree with, do what most Americans do when they are told they are not qualified. Get an education, do your time, and earn those qualifications. You will never get that job by lashing out against your potential employer, mainly the American voters.

    August 1, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. jennifer in Houston

    Poor lamebrain Sarah still trying hard to show us what a wonderful stateswoman she would be..

    August 1, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. Douglas Cave

    It's sad to say, but Sarah was never anything more than the little dolly for the GOP establishment. They saw her coming a mile away.

    August 1, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. Smacky Smooth

    Ford didnt like you Cheney and neither do the current GOP. Obviously the new heart isnt working well for you. Oh and the media? How can you complain about it Sister when the government controls it?

    August 1, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. Gary N

    As a Republican I want to give my own two cents on the subject. Palin got people talking, I'll giver her that. But she also made a very good target. The thing she should have done was fight back and show that she wasn't a joke. Instead she did nothing to change that image. The only time she was an asset to the party was the moment it was announced she was selected as McCain's running mate. From then on she fell farther and farther. Four years later she is still a joke. She couldn't finish her term as governor, what makes anyone think she could have finished her time as VP or, heaven forbid, President?

    August 1, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Don Sporns

    Cheney manages to say _one_ right thing after all these years, and gets attacked for it. That's the tea-party driven new GOP for you.

    August 1, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. Larry L

    @REPUBLICAN ARE THE GREATEST

    The BIG BIG mistake was voting for Barack Obama. He is a disgrace to the Presidentcy. Sarah Palin is 1000 times more qualified then this loser in the White House.
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    She believes the earth to be less than 6000 years old and contraception to be evil. She had never heard of the "Fed" but was willing to talk economics. She couldn't answer the "gotcha" questions – those a moron would consider easy. She quit her job as Governor so she could cash-in on Fox News, books she didn't really write, and speaking engagements to the bigoted, under-educated, and fearful rightwing radicals that make up her small base.

    August 1, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    "Evidently, in these last months, per many many comments from those within the GOP establishment, I'm the ball."
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    Psst, Sarah. They're kicking you, the ball, to the curb. Your usefulness as an elected official has run out.

    August 1, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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