November 16th, 2009
05:53 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin: 'I will forever question' Rev. Wright strategy

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Palin's book will be released Tuesday."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sarah Palin's new memoir, "Going Rogue," contains plenty of second-guessing about the way John McCain's presidential campaign was conducted.

But Palin writes that the campaign's biggest mistake may have been not making a greater issue out of Barack Obama's former pastor, Jeremiah Wright.

"I was told not to discuss Obama's pastor of twenty years, Jeremiah 'God Damn America' Wright," Palin writes in the book. "I will forever question the campaign for prohibiting discussion of such associations. All the more since these telltale signs of Obama's views, carefully concealed with centrist campaign-speak, have now been brought into light by his appointments and actions in office."

Though much of the book is devoted to re-hashing the internal squabbles that took place within the McCain campaign, it's clear Palin does not hold Obama in high regard.

Looking back at the first presidential debate in Oxford, Mississippi, Palin writes that Obama won - but only because reporters were smitten with the Democrat. Nine out of 10 reporters, to be specific.

"The debate went on as planned, and John did great," Palin writes. "The postgame analysis in the media, though, was that the coolheaded Obama had won the night, displaying a firm grasp of the facts, while John, they tried to convince voters, had seemed irritable and condescending. Granted, 90 percent of the newspeople covering the debate were liberal."

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soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. juniebug

    Attacking Rev. Wright more vigorously would have opened up Palin's connections to her church in Alaska to more scrutiny. I suppose she would have complained loudly about that. With Palin it's always been fine to attack her opponent, but don't turn it around and attack her.

    November 16, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  2. Beth

    We could have made an issue about her pastors, too – like the one who protected her from "witches".

    November 16, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  3. Charlene

    Next election we'll have to question everything in Palins life.....afterall, she's fair game now.

    November 16, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  4. noblsht

    Sarah Palin is rouge, and a target of liberal media and professional politions. let her speak, don't analyze, interpit, or sumarize, just report, the media will be more credible, and let the public make their own opinion. Reporters, and analysts are sounding rediculous..
    The lady is smarter than most give her credit for. polls,& analysts are full of it, tainted, bias, and paid for their services by special interests.
    Joe the plummer made more sense than most of larry Kings guests. What have the elete Polititions done for the working american? Bank
    Bail Outs? Union deals? Chicago politics? Joe Bidens history with Credit Card Lobbysts??? Please, our Government is full of Crooks, and Morons. Sarah may need a little polishing, but She'll clean up well, because she is not tarnished,let her ideas be heard. maybe washigton can learn from them.

    November 16, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  5. Joseph in Los Angeles

    The only thing the McCain campaign did wrong was to choose Palin as the running mate. She killed that ticket all by herself.

    November 16, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  6. Wanda

    CNN what is with the love fest between You and Palin. Give it a rest already !

    November 16, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  7. darth vader hates me

    Poor sarah, let the past be the past. You lost and then you quit. What does that say about you? You and the other republicants are all the same, can't finish what you start!

    November 16, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  8. 60's survivor

    John did poorly Sarah. sorry. but he was very disoriented and unfocused

    November 16, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  9. paul k

    Just shut up alreday!!!!

    November 16, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  10. Pierre

    Sarah Palin do have one thing in common our dislike of the Mainstream media. This one of the things that pisses me off about the media, they will run a non-important stoon constant loop. Like Sarah Palin who cares that she wrote a book and those that do will buy that crap. Everyday the media puts her in the news and for what she lost the election for McCain.So do us all a favor CNN and the other networks drop the palin stories and get back to real journalism and real hard hitting news.

    November 17, 2009 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
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