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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  1. GI Joe

    Hey – we could have shown the tapes of her having witches exorcised from her body – once was not enough. Run over and over and and over, it could have been fun.

    November 16, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. Tom

    CNN – The All Palin, All The Time Network.

    ENOUGH! Just stop the madness.

    Over 70% of Americans feel that she IS NOT qualified to be POTUS.

    I don't care if you're a Republican, Democrat, or Independent, at some point a woman held in that low regard, WHO QUIT HER JOB as governor, should be IGNORED.

    Especially since she has a very tenuous hold on the facts.

    Please... this is supposed to be the POLITICAL TICKER...


    November 16, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. Dave in Albuquerque

    Well, yeah, fits right in with her general inability to keep out of gutter fights.

    November 16, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. Wolfe

    Sarah Palin needs to question her own strategy, that is if she knows what it is.

    November 16, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. Senior Lilarose in Oregon

    Sarah, hon-ee, who cares what you think, girl?

    Anyone who takes six years and five colleges (or is it the other way around?) to get ONE bachelor's degree in JOURNALISM doesn't have much going for her. And that is about the best success you have had your whole life.

    Just shaddap, woman!

    November 16, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. Crazy ass human being

    And Obama won the election and is our president. And you are still a stinkin' BIMBO

    November 16, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. Shirley In California

    ATTENTION: Please join me in Citizens Against Palin Stories (CAPS) . Do not respond. Ignore her. She will dissolve (just as the wicked witch did on the Wizard of Oz) – go back to eating moose stew and barbecuing fox burgers.

    November 16, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. Mark

    It's amazing to me the amount of hatred people have for this lady. While I completely understand and agree with people's concern about her apparent lack of experience for the job of Vice President of the United States, I really can't understand the hatred for her. As far as I can tell, she's really been quite pleasant to everyone she's spoken too (if a bit sarcastic at times). So I just don't get it.

    November 16, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. I am the Not-So-Great and Powerless Wizard of Rush

    When faced with taking one of two roads, Sarah demanded that McCain take the low road – stay classy, Sarah.

    November 16, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. S.B.

    Who cares what she thinks? Although I am not a big fan of John McCain, his biggest blunder was in picking her as his VP nominee. I happened to watch the speech in which Rev. Wright used those words
    on PBS, and they were, of course, taken out of context. He was implying that over the years the U.S. has made some huge mistakes in its treatment of Indians, blacks, and other minorities something that almost everyone agrees is true. But maybe Sarah Palin thinks mistreating non-whites, religious minorities, and the disabled is an okay thing to do.

    November 16, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. fred

    Palin is becoming the charlaton of the extremist party !

    November 16, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  12. fred

    oh please! Sarah Palin judging Obama's pastor over his religious views is beyond hypocrisy! She's not exactly a mainstream Christian in her views either. I'm not sure what she was doing in Alaska when Hillary's campaign blasted Rev. Wright all over the media for months, but we all knew all about Rev. Wright long before Ms Palin came along. It was Obama's race speech that put that to rest and took the high ground.

    America elected Barack Obama as President knowing full well all the arguments about the Rev. Wright flap...her lame excuses are like nails on a chalkboard!!

    November 16, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  13. Amy Noir

    Honor and respect, never raise dirt. Rather discuss Substance.
    I salute McCain service for the country and he got it right.
    Palin Please go back to Alaska. United we stand

    November 16, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  14. How smart is Sarah......

    well, she made about $ 1.5 million this month between her book and speaking engagements.

    If you are one of the people who think she's not smart, please post how much you made this month.

    November 16, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  15. AJ

    I would like to read the book myself thank you.

    November 16, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  16. Liberal4Obama

    The biggest disaster for John McCain was choosing Sarah Palin, it was all downhill from there.

    November 16, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  17. Boyd Phillips

    Such a crybaby!

    November 16, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  18. KJL

    Let's discuss Reverend Muthee, who did the anti-witchcraft thing on Sarah Palin.

    November 16, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. One Very Angry American

    If I didn't know about Todd Palins associations with a Radical Alaskan Group that wanted to succeed from the United States I probably wouldn't be as mad as am......

    This woman is the biggest HYPOCRIT I have ever seen in my life..!

    And I use to think that she was pandering to people that hate based on RACE....

    But after reading her views on the Presidents appointments and how she connects them to Rev Wright, it's clear she's subtly inferring that the Presidents appointments of Blacks in his cabinet is synonomus with Rev Wright....

    I'm not a hateful person, but this woman invokes such ANGER in me that I've never felt before....

    The Presidents cabinet is a reflection of American Society, it's funny how no one had a problem for the last 200years of White Presidents with mostly White Cabinets, somehow this is okay.....!

    November 16, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. D. D.

    She really didn't get it. President Obama did not attend that church as regularly as one might had expected. He never gave the ten percent and I wonder will she Tuesday to her church. Maybe there was something on Mc Cain or on her she had forgotten that some others had confided to Mc Cain or his team and they feared it might become headlines.
    All's fair in love and war and politics is war even if you have not noticed.
    She makes the money and so is Levi as well as Dr. Wright. It's about the dollars and the extreme behaviors and comments. Those three should be on a program together.

    November 16, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  21. Larry In L.A.

    Um, OK Governor. Maybe you should have. But there is also the issue of your own church with its visiting clergy and speaking in tongues and claims that his laying on of hands and madeup givbberish healed people and lowered crime. Would the average American citizen be any less concerned with that than Rev. Wright's outrageous remarks? At least I can see why Wright is somewhat nuts...

    November 16, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  22. Aaron

    Go away crazy lady

    November 16, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  23. Democrat No More

    Of course she is right. McCain deserved to lose because he held his tongue on Obama's associations with Rev. Wright, ACORN, Bill Ayres,
    Tony Rezco, and the rest of the Chicago thug machine. Even Hillary Clinton hinted about Wright, Ayres, and knew about his hidden school and birth records. We are witnessing a greatest conspiracy fraud committed against America by the Democratic National Party. Obama's ACORN/SIEU thugs overran the Democratic Primary Caucuses causing Hillary to lose. Then the DNC machine bosses made their choice for him. 2010 and 2012 can't come soon enough to get this bower in chief out of here.

    November 16, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  24. NotFooledTX

    Does that mean your voodoo priest is also up for discussion.? That's part of your problem ms palin, you're too stupid to know what you don't know – especially social grace and decorum.

    C'mon CNN – enough of Palin already!

    November 16, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  25. Tim E

    I really don't detect much difference in Palin and Wright. One is as closed minded and narcissistic as the other. But one did serve in the U.S. military, in combat, under enemy fire, and thus EARN the right to criticize. The other, of course, was BORN with the right and had it protected by the other. I would truly love to see a bonafide debate between Wasilla Sarah and Jeremiah "GDA" Wright. She'd learn what a great debater is really all about.

    November 16, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
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