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. wasillaswitch

    Don't miss this view Sarah go look in the mirror Sarah we want you to view the biggest limbo bimbo of all times .

    November 16, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. Susan - Canada


    To my southern neighbours.....McCain created a "Monster"! Now you must deal with her.

    Trust me...she will never run for President. She is laughing all the way to the bank, with all the "buzz and speculation" out there about whether she will run or not run. She would be stupid to do it...why would she even consider it...she knows that half of the U.S. think she's an idiot. But then every village has one, don't they.....and she's yours!

    November 16, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. Terry from West Texas

    It is great to know that Sarah Palin disagrees with Rev. Wright. So what? This woman has never read the Bible, has no idea what Christianithy is, and is about as qualified to engage in a theological dispute as my dog.

    If Christianity is depending on this empty-headed gal for a defense of its theology, the Pope may as well convert to Islam right now.

    November 16, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. Jeff

    Yes, and John and Sarah really shined in their response to the financial crisis as well!!! That, plus the fact the public finally realized that Bush/Cheney had taken us into a disaster in Iraq under false pretenses (which McCain backed), were the primary reasons McCain/Palin got thumped last November.

    The Rev. Wright issue was only resonating with the right wing base of the party ... they were never going to vote for Obama anyway. This is the same reasoning that lead the GOP to defeat in NY's 23rd as well. The Moderate voters willnot follow the road to the extreme right.

    But Sarah, you just keep going down the road to extinction ... maybe the party that replaces the GOP will work together with the Democrats to chart a middle of the road course that the entire public would get behind. Its clear that the problems we face require us to work together to forge solutions.

    November 16, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. Rev. W. J. E. C.

    The more Sarah talks or write, the more we find out that she really does not have much to say! I suppose that there is enough interest in her book that will keep her talking about nothing of great importance. Does anyone see her as a viable candidate for President of the United States of America?

    November 16, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. reggie from la

    I would submit that at ANY time ANY worshiper allows ANY minister or priest control their thinking, they are on the wrong path. Time and education have shown us that we have often been led by megalomaniacs, hypocrites and hatemongers. Shouldn't be surprising that so many are abandoning religious roots. Please don't abandon God, though. However, we as adults (those with a grain of sense) can separate the wheat from the chaff. Furthermore and more importantly, how EVIL is Rev Wright? Did he lie? He seemed frustrated and angry in the over-played PORTION of the sermon. He even cussed. Nevertheless, the President seems even-tempered, even nice. You on the other hand former Gov Palin, don't seem very nice. Ask your mother-in-law.

    November 16, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  7. Owen

    can we please push the Palin stories to the bottom of the pile. She is getting old....quickly

    November 16, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. Roland

    Wow Palin, you're so intelligent. Perhaps we should take all comments made and use them out of context. If only you were the VP of the USA, we could finally defeat communism and socialism. Oh and the USSR will finally be defeated!

    November 16, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  9. James Michael Roberson

    What a loser she is.

    November 16, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. Bev

    I agree with Palin.....................

    The McCain campaign should have DEFINITELY brought up Obama's associations with Rev GD America Wright, William Ayers, Bernadine Dorn, Louis Farrakhan, Raila Odinga, ACORN, Tony Rezko, etc.

    The McCain campaign should have DEFINITELY questioned why Obama's college records were not released.

    Etc. etc. etc.

    November 16, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  11. not scared or gullible

    She is a typical, right winger who wants to engage in dirty, deceitful politics. Just like everyone on FOX. Remember when McCain said the economy is stable? FOX's Shepard Smith defended that statement by saying "Well, what he meant was..."! Everybody knew he was just trying to blow sunshine up America's backside just like when W. declared victory in Iraq.

    Remember how clear it was that McCain lost the debates? When a guest mentioned that, Bill Hemmer said, "I don't know where you get your information from." Fair and balanced? That has to be the funniest and most deceitful slogan anyone has ever thought of. But it really is genius! My own mother-in-law believes that FOX is fair and balanced. I guess it's brainwashing at its best.

    I was always an independent until George W. the idiot won two elections. This man can hardly a together a rational sentence. Now, I am a die hard Democrat, and I pray every night that Sarah Palin is selected to be the GOP nomination in the 2012 presidential elections. Palin for president!

    November 16, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. LA Gator

    "it's clear Palin does not hold Obama in high regard."

    I'll bet Obama is losing a lot of sleep over that statement.

    November 16, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. I am the Not-So-Great and Powerless Wizard of Rush

    So she wanted to play the "guilt by association" card.
    She is a sick, twisted, narcissistic, vile, small-minded, ignorant, powerhungry (get the picture). . .

    November 16, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. Observant 1

    I don't agree with Jeremiah Wright's statements and do not think that they reflect the views of President Obama. However, as Sarah Palin believes this, is it then accurate to believe that her views are based on
    the snake charmer/devil preacher that she has sought protection. I would hate to have her consulting him before making any decisions for the country. Sarah Palin, you should watch what you say and do, so that you don't appear to be as blind and stupd as you apparently are.

    November 16, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  15. Jackie

    palin better watch out....she's got ALOT of crap in her closets, maybe she'll agree now that all is fair game? Dumb bimbo.

    November 16, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. David Ottson

    You to shall pass. Not soon enough for me however.

    November 16, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  17. Tommy

    Wow, she even went on Oprah cold. Palin needs a ghost-interviewer.

    The interview with O was all fluff....and she still can't string sentences together – even when she continues to talk down on people.... which is her strong point.

    November 16, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. ib

    Palin is right on Obama and that's why the far left is so afraid and hates her so much. Go Palin; keep driving them nuts. Priceless.

    November 16, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. Charlene

    Palin is a fool.

    November 16, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. Carnell From The Motor City!

    That Goes To Show You How Pathetic Sarah Palin Is, Reverend Wright Wasn't Going To Win The McCain Palin Ticket Anything. Also Discussing Reverand Wright, William Ayers, Or Tony Rezko Would've Exposed Sarah Palin's Dubious Past As Well.

    November 16, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  21. Tom B

    If you want to question associations, perhaps the fact that Sarah Palin is married to a member of the Alaskan Independence Party should have been the only news story for months. Palin is married to someone who wants to secede from the U.S. How much more treasonous can you get?

    November 16, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. Skee

    This is a woman who has a Husband that was part of a movement that wanted to succeed from the United States...!

    Talk about HYPOCRASY, this woman is truly PATHETIC, does she think that we all don't know about her husbands associations.....?

    As I understand it, the campagne manager Rick Schmidt informed Sarah Palin of her husbands associations, and that he wanted to avoid at all cost any mention of it......

    But this HYPOCRIT wants to use the nutty and dispicable Rev Wright against the PRESIDENT.......

    This woman makes most people extremely angry with her double standards, she's so quick to criticize others but can't stand it when she's criticized......

    I can't wait until the day she crashes and burns like the wicked witch that she is........

    November 16, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. Frank, Las Vegas

    Here in lies her biggest problem. She thinks that elections are about who knew who, who said what and not about policies, which we all recall she knew absolutely nothing about. All she wanted to do is name call and spread half truths about the other guy. Maybe that's how politics works up there in Alaska, but not on the national scene (although the GOP still tries that tactic). Her lack of depth and unwillingness to even try to learn about national policies, etc. was indeed truly scary. To have someone of her low caliber as a VP was and is the scary scenario. But the American people saw through her (not hard to do) and cast their vote for the correct ticket. As long as the right wing of the GOP continues to follow her off the cliff they will simple be the Republican Group instead of a Party.

    November 16, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. jmp

    witch doctor Palin questions Rev Wright...give me a break..MSM totally disregarded her witch doctor religion practices....she is a racist

    November 16, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  25. Sarah, Northern Colorado

    And to think, had this woman not ruined John McCain's party, he might have chosen someone better suited to the position of VP and won!

    I think all of us liberals should thank McCain for his efforts towards supporting the Democratic party.

    November 16, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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