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

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

Palin's book will be released Tuesday.

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. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Silly Palin! You should've gone rogue then and bucked their censorship and questioned the Rev. Wright. You are such a diplomat and classy person that I am certain that any aspersions you casted on Obama or the Rev. would've been sublimely subtle. But then again, maybe your brain kicked in and you recalled ALL THE TRASH that the Obama camp would've promptly dug up on YOU. Maybe that's why, in an atypical Sarah moment, you decided to keep your mouth shut and follow instructions. How's that secession movement working out for ya'? And those perky little oil deals? And the Troopergate thing? And the bridge to nowhere? And.........

    November 16, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. Shane

    What about your witch doctor priest, Sarah? You are disgusting pig, and your fans are just as trashy & disgusting as you are!!! CNN- you never have any stories on this idiot! Why is that?

    November 16, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. E

    OMG this woman is STUPID. Just because the media disagrees does not mean it is a liberal conspiracy. How can it be so liberal when it let Bush Cheney off the hook for egregious law breaking, and spent 2 years examining and villifying every teeny wrinkle on Clinton's pee pee?

    November 16, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. chelle

    ?????????????? Seriously woman – just be quiet. From a person who believes in a 6000 year old earth, you have no place to talk about another person's pastor!!! And what has been so left-wing about any of Mr. Obama's decisions? She's spews the rhetoric of the social conservatives without any examples or facts.

    November 16, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  5. ender

    Im finnished

    No MORE CNN.

    The Ticker is flooded with coverage of this train wreack from alaska.

    I AM DONE.

    GOODBYE CNN!!!!!

    November 16, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. B. Bear

    "It's always the fault of those pesky liberal reporters. Not me." , she says. How would she know. She can't remember what magazines and newspapers she reads and her television set is permanently locked on Fox News.

    November 16, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  7. Centrist

    She might not be presidential material, but you must admire Palin for taking full advantage of her sudden and unlikely rise to fame. As long as people are willing to give her this magnitude of attention, she's intent on cashing in. That's being very smart in my book.

    November 16, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. coolchange

    Palin is nasty as they come.

    She tries to act as if butter wouldn't melt in her mouth.

    I say try pouring some water on her and see how fast she melts.

    November 16, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. Patrick

    I am an independent and am amazed at how quickly CNN is to sling mud at Sarah Palin in light of a book release. The woman has not said anything about running for office and here we are one year young into the current administration with the media worried about a conservative potential to the next election. Maybe we should focus on today.

    November 16, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. Obama perpetual campaign headquarters

    In Your Heart You Know He's Wright

    November 16, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. Betty in Texas

    I am so tired of that whiney "they were all liberals" line Sarah Palin uses. The woman is a dunce.
    She needs to quit whining and just go take her big bucks from the book deal and go away.... please, just go away.
    Surely the Republicans can find someone better than this moron to be speaking on their behalf.
    I shudder to think how Sarah Palin would react in an emergency– the dolt couldn't even stand the pressure of the job in Alaska. The thought of her in charge of anything important just scares the sox off me.

    November 16, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. Chris - MN

    Perhaps she didn't realize that it would only open the door for her own attendance with witch hunting ceremonies at her church.

    November 16, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. jana

    It makes me question if you can trust her and the Republican party. If she really loved her country, she would reveal it during the campaign and drop out of the VP candidacy. A pity example of politicians who are just actors for the rich!! If you can't run or at least be part of a small campaign team, how would you run a whole nation?! Scary to think they'd be in the White House running the most powerful nation on earth. wow, what a nightmare!!! How low have come the republican party.

    November 16, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. Hot Dog

    This is one of the most ignorant politician that I have ever seen. I am just amazed at how some one like this could have ever got elected to be a governor. Six years to get a degree in journalism speaks volumes about her intellectual capacity. That interview that she did with Katie Couric proved the former statement to be true.

    November 16, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. W l Jones

    Where were all these people from 1619 to mid 1980s when some thing were a way of life all over this country. Enough said.

    November 16, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  16. mjm

    Ah...Rev Wright. The hate filled, racist spiritual mentor of our president.

    I wonder what LacrosseMom has to say about this guy….Got any Bible quotes for this?

    Amazing that how people didn't seem to mind that Obama had this nut in his corner, yet somehow Mitt being a Mormon was an issue for people.

    I'll take the Christian right over the hate filled religion of the left any day of the week.

    November 16, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  17. Ndubueze Chuku

    What views of Reverend Wright are seen in President Obama's appointment and policies? What in God's name is this dumb woman talking about? She is full of hate and mischievous talk. The earlier this 'intellectually bankrupt' woman closes her mouth and goes back to Alaska, the better for other reasonable Republicans. I can't get why the media is so fascinated with this woman. For a national politician, she is mediocre and dumb.

    November 16, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. Brian from NJ

    She is exactly right about this... except for FOX, no one was talking about Obama's association with the fringe leftists... and when Obama finally had to deal with Wright, he made a speech about race and the media fell in love with him all over again! It was a disgusting display... while the media was tearing Sarah Palin a new one, Obama got a free pass and now we are paying (literally and figuratively) for their refusal to do their jobs and ask even one tough question of this guy!

    November 16, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. tbus

    what a boob! please go away!

    November 16, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. German,Irish American

    She's hit the nail on the head with this one. Anyone who believes that Obama sat in this church for 20 years, calling him his mentor, plagiarizing Wrights' speech by using it for the name of his ghostwritten book Audacity of Hope, and didn't buy into his hatred of American and racism, is either lying, in total denial, or just plain, flat out stupid.

    November 16, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. jtsilver2th

    Maybe they were afraid this would lead to a discussion of Palin's extremist edge religous views and her Assembly of God Pentacostal belief in healing by prayer, etc. And lead to discussion of preachers in her own church and her own little sermonettes. In one she advocates that Alaska is destined to harbor refugess in the end-times. etc.

    Maybe this is because the McCain campaign knew that the unaffiliated pacs would be targeting this issue and they could keep the mud off of their hands.

    Maybe it'sbecause they knew they had not gained any traction from the issue and it was a waste of time since the voters they needed were more worried about the economy and Obama had skillfully dodged the issue to date.

    But on no- Sarah knows best- so why did she put McCain on her ticket anyways?

    November 16, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  22. Randy, San Francisco

    All this Palin coverage is causing a state of ennui in many of your readers. Her book only validates the McCain staff's decision to limit her access to the news media.

    November 16, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. sue

    wighning sarah bimbo cariboue bambi! this half woman have a big stinking rotten mouth. she is half woman and half devil. why do you rile up people by distotion, twisting facts, wighning and everyone else is wrong, but you and your followers are always right! Trashing other people is un american. woman, obama is our president, and you are a loser and a quitter. thnak God you are not my mother, i would hate to call you , mother is you were! i would probably call you satan, coz satan you are!

    November 16, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  24. Going Fulltime

    CNN – when are you going to stop with the every-day-another-drama Palin. Why are you catering to 28% of the Country? I'm going to have to stop coming to this website if this continues. We are sick of it.

    November 16, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    This dim-witted ding bat is dangerous for the country, everyother word out of her mouth is a lie she wanted to bring up Rev Right isnt she connected to a WitchDoctor who ran a women out of alaska & todd palin is with a group that wants to annex alaska out of the union,talk about being fake this women is fake,i hope she does get the Rep nonmination so Obama could crush her & bring on Cheney!.

    November 16, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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