August 5th, 2010
03:33 PM ET
10 years ago

Update: Palin an 'expert' in not being vetted, DNC says

The DNC's response to former Gov. Palin Thurssday was reminiscent of questions about her background that were raised immediately after she debuted as Sen. McCain's running mate in 2008.

The DNC's response to former Gov. Palin Thurssday was reminiscent of questions about her background that were raised immediately after she debuted as Sen. McCain's running mate in 2008.

Washington (CNN) – A day after former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin suggested that voters had not allowed President Obama to be sufficiently scrutinized before putting him into the Oval Office, the Democratic National Committee is firing back and calling Palin "an expert in not being vetted."

In an appearance on Fox News Wednesday night, Palin essentially said Obama is not up to the task of holding the nation's highest office.

"I think he's quite complacent," the former Republican vice presidential hopeful said. "And I think he's in over his head. And I think he has poor advisers around him. And I think he's really in flux kind of when it comes to what his governing philosophy actually is. Some of this though is a result of he not having much experience and then a complicit media and maybe some voters who chose to not to allow him to be vetted very closely."

In a statement e-mailed to CNN, the DNC turned the tables on Palin, who had faced questions about the vetting process used by the Sen. John McCain's campaign to help select her in 2008.

Related: McCain camp defends vetting process on Palin

"While former half-term governor Palin is certainly an expert in not being vetted, we put our trust in the judgment of the American people who rejected not only the broken policies she and Republicans continue to call for, but also this very kind of childish politics she continues to engage in," DNC national press secretary Hari Sevugan said. "What's been fully vetted and thoroughly rejected by the American people is the failed approach in tone and substance offered by Sarah Palin and her ilk."

Speaking last year, A.B. Culvahouse, the attorney tasked with leading the vetting process for McCain's running mate, said he thoroughly scrutinized Palin and "came away impressed."

Culvahouse also suggested that McCain had been attracted to the risks associated with picking Palin.

"I said, John, high risk, high reward," Culvahouse told an audience last year. "His response: you shouldn't have told me that. I've been a risk-taker all my life."

Filed under: DNC • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin
soundoff (246 Responses)
  1. CK in MN

    And Sarah said "what's an ilk?"

    August 5, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. oldsoldierboy

    People need to understand that Palin is paid millions to badmouth Obama. Personally I'm sure she loves Obama and probably has a picture of him and his family in here living room and saying to herself "Goosh, I wish I had a close knit all American family like this".

    August 5, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Eric

    Oh, come on! No political candidate has been torn apart more viciously than Sarah. Nothing, but nothing wasn't examined or discussed about her, including her uterus for crying out loud.

    Now, if only the press had applied 2% of this level of scrutiny to the current White House occupant...

    August 5, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. AndyBlue

    Like anyone listens to Palin the quitter anymore. Let the lipstick dipstick complete a full term herself before she opens her mouth about others. I blame John McCain for bringing this buffoon and her red neck family into the limelight.

    I will NEVER vote for a republican again after the way they have behaved since Obama became our President.

    They bring nothing but division and shame to America.

    August 5, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Al

    The "and her ilk" portion of the DNC's response is key. If the Republicans want to win the White House again in 2012 they need to distance themselves from Palin because conservatives and Republicans are being painted with her brush and that's not where they want to be. She'll crumple in a serious debate against Obama. Or, for that matter, someone like Romney if she becomes the next Perot and runs as the TP candidate.

    August 5, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. American

    Palin is living proof that there is a God. Because its a miracle how dumb this woman is.

    August 5, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. Duck Fallas

    That picture looks like Peggy Hill showing a senile doofus where the restroom is.

    August 5, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Bessy

    Just what does this idiot know about anything. I do mean anything !
    She was NEVER vetted. The McCain gang just wanted to put her on the ticket to fight against Hillary. As if any American with brains would put this woman in the same catagory as Hillary. McCain opened the Pandora's box and this idiot flew out. Wow ! ( I'm not even sure he was ever vetted. )

    August 5, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. Mike

    Majorities mean nothing when the majority is voting to violate the Constitution. That is the purpose of the Supreme Court, in case you didn't know. To ensure the Constitution is defended and upheld at all times.

    August 5, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. GL

    Duck Fallas – Sorry no one is affraid of this woman. She can not even take care of her home let keeping her job as governor.

    Bristol Palin said in the custody hearing that Johnston wanted a public case so he could "continue to make a spectacle of this custody dispute for his own self-promotion."

    Bristol Palin noted in the court case that Johnston's mother, Sherry Johnston, pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge this year.

    Bristol Palin asked that the paternal grandmother be barred from having any unsupervised visitation with Tripp. Her petition said she "may re-offend, keep medications around the house which could be accessible to the baby, have illegal drug users come to the house (or she could take the baby in her car during a drug sale)."

    Johnston's response said his mother's "chronic pain condition is currently being managed in coordination with the Department of Corrections."

    Sara Palin family is a mess and you think we are affaid of this poor white trash. If Jerry Springer don't won't this very disfunctional family on his shows.

    August 5, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. John

    You guys are morons, period. 5 schools in 4 years, I understand that but shut-up until your man BHO releases his grades and gets rid of the bulldog lawyers that are protecting his college days!!! Gentleman’s C is what someone in his class at Colombia said about someone that never goes to school because they got in – a gentleman’s C.

    Please explain that before you trash Palin about school at least she went to class that moron never did and has lawyers protecting his lazy arse. Please trash me but as you do -please explain Columbia and Harvard Law school grades. It is so funny that Republicans are dumb, but always get better grades than their Dem counter parts – look Kerry and Gore mental heavy weights right – make me puke.

    August 5, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. DOJ

    Her bank account would have never been this large if she had, 1-not been picked as VP running mate and 2-not quit as governor.

    Sarah Palin received a taste of the high life, expensive clothes, private jets, fine food, not all that fishy stuff her husband catches, lol. She tasted the WINE people. She is all about money now and nothing else.

    I would not hire her to speak at a Pre-K class. Her home, family, career is a mess. If you like being talked to by someone who can see Russia from her house keep listening. She appeals to that group that the media calls, "blue-collar" and "only maybe has a high school education". Women who are dominated by their husbands and she gives them a spark to have something to think about besides the usual "nothing".

    August 5, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. rdepontb

    Hahahahahaha! Poor Sarah! Poor, idiot Sarah. Be careful, Republican candidates-she might try to hop on your wagon.

    What a ticket.

    August 5, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. GL

    Last year, after Bristol and I broke up, I was unhappy and a little angry. Unfortunately, against my better judgment, I publicly said things about the Palins that were not completely true," Johnston told People. "I have already privately apologized to Todd and Sarah. Since my statements were public, I owe it to the Palins to publicly apologize."

    SARA PALIN AND HER FAMILY IS POOR WHITE TRASH trying to trash a black family that have made it to the very top and she can not stand it. President Obama have the dream family that every black family would love to have. He is the real Hucksable Family of the Bill Cosby show.

    August 5, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. Discernment


    The 'half-term' governor and QUITTER of the second smallest state in the Union (population wise), who spent 8-years trying to get a degree in journalism, and who claimed her foreign policy experience was based on her ability to see Russia from Alaska, , , actually has the nerve to question President Obama's credentials???

    POT – – KETTLE – – BLACK!

    August 5, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Mike

    all the news that's fit to omit:

    Actually, she did say that. You can YouTube it, google it, do whatever you want with it.
    The question asked: "Tell us about your experience with foreign policy, particularly with Russia."
    Palin: "You can actually see parts of Russia from here in Alaska."

    Not word for word, but point taken...her foreign policy experience is quite extensive. What a joke.

    August 5, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. Independent

    She's a QUITTER, who believes a QUITTER???????

    August 5, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. XWngLady

    PLEASE, PLEASE Mr. President DO NOT RESPOND to this human with the brain of an amoeba's babblings...She is trying to goad the President and his staff into engaging her, so as to raise her visibility and stir up her fans (and her fundraising) by getting Dems to attack her back so that her people can say, "see how those Democrats are attacking poor Sarah?" ...Sarah shouldn't say squat until she can tell the American people which periodicals she reads or who is her favorite founding father..."All of them" is NOT an acceptable answer. 3rd graders could give us a better answer than that!...Talk about over one's head...

    August 5, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. DOJ

    She should Refudiate herself, lol.

    OMG. Women don't be fooled by this simulation of a woman gone wrong. She is not our role model, she puts us way back there when all men saw us as pretty to look at but everything upstairs is empty.

    STOP HER!!!!! SHE HAS RUN AMOK!!!!!!

    August 5, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. NVa Native

    The only thing genuine about Phailin is that she genuinely is a joke.

    August 5, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. John

    Patricia – stick it up your you know what!!!! W got so much said about him that was untrue that you saying anything about God BHO in the media – you gotta be kidding me. How about Oberman, MSNBC in general, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS the concerted effort to get this moron elected was criminal period!!!!!!

    How about the reports blog website that went after Palin and the Republicans that we need to say they are all "racists". That was very fair, collusion in the media I knew it but to see it was horrible but you probably don't know about that because you have youhead so far up the MSM's you know what it is obvious!!!!

    August 5, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10