Palin to Cheney: Careful where you aim
August 1st, 2012
08:40 AM ET
9 years ago

Palin to Cheney: Careful where you aim

(CNN) – Don't expect to see Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney on an elk hunt anytime soon.

The former Alaska governor slammed Cheney Tuesday for his assertion that it was a mistake to put her on the 2008 GOP ticket, saying the former vice president was being influenced by the "lamestream media."

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Appearing to reference a now-infamous incident from 2006 when Cheney accidentally shot a campaign contributor on a quail hunt, Palin said sarcastically that Cheney was not known for his "misfires."

"Seeing as how Dick – excuse me, Vice President Cheney – never misfires, then evidently he's quite convinced that what he had evidently read about me by the lamestream media, having been written, what I believe is a false narrative over the last four years, evidently Dick Cheney believed that stuff and that's a shame," Palin said in an appearance on Fox News.

On Sunday, Cheney said in an interview he felt it was a "mistake" for then-GOP nominee John McCain to choose Palin as his running mate.

Cheney said Palin failed to meet the number one requirement for a vice president: a readiness to step into the top job if needed.

"Based on her background, she was only governor for two years, I don't think she passed that test of being ready to take over. And I think that was a mistake," Cheney said in an interview with ABC News.

McCain himself pushed back on Monday, saying he was proud of Palin and what the pair accomplished four years ago.

"I'm always glad to get comments four years later," McCain added sarcastically.

Palin said Tuesday the real mistake would have been turning down McCain's invitation to join the GOP ticket.

"Here's where the mistake would have been, I believe. If I had not answered the call," Palin said. "I was honored to run for the vice president of the United States alongside Sen. John McCain. I was honored to accept the nomination from the GOP."

Citing her approval ratings as governor, Palin said it would have been easier for her to "have hunkered down, live that luxurious live, if you will, in Alaska."

Quoting lyrics from Dire Straits, Palin said she was being targeted by members of her own party.

"Sometimes you're the Louisville Slugger, baby, and sometimes you're the ball," Palin said. "Evidently, in these last months, per many many comments from those within the GOP establishment, I'm the ball."

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soundoff (587 Responses)
  1. WayneKilmer

    Ms. Palin: it is time to drop the 'lamestream' media line. It is neither as cute nor as cleaver as you think it is.

    August 1, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. Tom P

    Someone added the word "Evidently" to her 75 word vocabulary, evidently.

    August 1, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. Sarah WHO???

    Isn't anyone even remotely tired of her silly references to "lamestream media"?
    Come on, Sarah. Come up with some new material.
    You're old news.

    August 1, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. LL

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah! Dick merely stated a fact. The 'lamestream' media does affect presidential outcomes; and you gave them plenty to write about and frightened enough people that now we're stuck with Obama for, (likely), 8 years! Yes, thank you Sarah for your contributions! Now go live that luxurious life back in Alaska! And just as as FYI, that song may have bee covered by Dire Straits, but it was written and originally released by the great Mary Chapin Carpenter.

    August 1, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. Ed

    I now no longer have to wonder what it's like when 2 rats go after each other in the sewer. Wish these two gun lovers would settle this with a duel – however if you count to 10 that is beyond Palin's comprehension and Cheney would turn at 9 anyway

    August 1, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Anonymous

    And she really knows?

    August 1, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Jules

    Circus seats anyone? The clowns have taken the center ring.

    August 1, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. nintex

    Sarah Palin is too stupid to realize how stupid she is. She just doubles down on her own stupidity. Sadly,Sarah, you don't realize how you come across to most Americans. We wish you would go back and live the life of luxury in Alaska and just stay there.

    August 1, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. TheTraveler

    Good grief! Why don't these people just get on with their lives and leave the rest of us out of it? Palin was a Veep meltdown, Cheney is evil incarnate but at least doesn't hold a public office any longer.

    Sarah, Dick .... move on.

    August 1, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. rdeleys

    This is a riot! This is the first time I've witnessed an argument between an ignorant doofus and a genuine war criminal.

    August 1, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. Stephen Harper

    She needs to get back to work on Who's Nailin' Paylin, the sequel

    August 1, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. James

    I reluctantly agree with Cheny for once. Palin is the primary reason we have suffered four years at the hands of the Chicago mob in the white house.

    August 1, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Glenn

    Response to DrKent3 – Quote: "America lacks leaders (business, political, media, religious) with humility, and this is one of our major problems." Actually, Dr, this is America's problem.
    These people run for office so they can 'serve' Americans. So we vote them in, pay them a decent salary and cover their health expenses. Then within a few months, they forget the taxpayer from ALL sides of the political spectrum pays for their loyalty to the country...NOT TO THE PARTY...but to the United States.
    We need term limits in place for all those we send to the White House. We need to change the fact that they can become career politicians long enough to retire with a pension from those offices, too. Why should taxpayers pay for retirement and healthcare for people who don't work for us while their even in office, much less when they finally get the &#LL out! No politician needs to be in office more than 8 years, period. Believe me, we don't have to worry about a President becoming a dictator when we have political parties that are already dictating to us what they decide we need.
    Now back to Sarah Palin: Yes, Mz P was not right for the VP job. But let me assure you that plenty of people in this country and plenty of those U.S. citizens who vote from abroad, didn't like McCain then and they don't like him now. In fact, many...thousands...didn't even vote at all because they didn't want McCain as President – no matter who the VP nominee would have been. True. And now, we're not so sure about the man we now know as McRomney.

    August 1, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. LMC

    Hasn't changed a bit has she? Everyone else is wrong, only Sarah is ever right!

    August 1, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Logic N LA

    Using her usual childish little phrases is exactly the type of thing Cheney was talking about. Palin's ignorance scares me. and Cheney's intelligence scares me more.

    August 1, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |

    Sarah Sarah Sarah, another thing is HE WAS VICE PRESIDENT AT THE TIME MCCAIN WASTED A VP SPOT IN PICKING YOU! Do you believe a sitting REPUBLICAN VICE PRESIDENT is not going to know who the REPUBLICAN presidential nominee is going to endorse for Vice President? It's called VETTING you embecile. 10 times out of 10, he read your file long before the so-called "lamestream media" and the country got a whiff of your ignorance. I respect McCain for several reasons. 1. For his service to this country. 2. His PAST work with congress to get bills passed that helped the WHOLE country not the rich and the 1% but I can not forgive him for unleashing such a venom filled, hypocritical QUITTER fame seeking wannabe. Now in regards to Cheney, there are several things you will NEVER be. 1. President 2. Vice President and 3. TAKEN SERIOUSLY.

    August 1, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. mws12345

    I'm pretty sure I understood Palin's quote... does that make me stupid?

    August 1, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. weezer

    Cage fight! Cage fight! I see a new episode of "Celebrity Death-Match" on the horizon.

    August 1, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Allan

    The fact remains that Palin had more administrative experience, more experience in government dealing with businesses, and more common sense, than the two people on the opposition ticket combined. Many said that at the time. Events since then have only highlighted the point.

    August 1, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. justhefacts

    Pot and Kettle, peas in a pod. Both just need to go away, far away.

    August 1, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. jackmeeehofff

    hahaha, Cheney hit a nerve. Sharks biting sharks. Traveler and Jules got it exactly right, er, not left, er correct.

    August 1, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. LiLa

    Has Palin ever seen herself as a member of the "lamestream media" or is Fox so-called News exempt from that description?

    August 1, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. Tim

    Sarah Palin doesn't belong anywhere near the White House. I think she would be a much more fitting match working the counter at a sportsman's lodge in the middle of nowhere.

    August 1, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. J

    The Tea-party and people like Sarah Palin will demolish the Republican Party. The only question is, since Tea-party supporters likely aren't able to become a comparable national party to the current GOP, will the emergence of the Tea-party as a viable regional party prompt the growth of multiple smaller parties and shift the federal government into a more parliamentary style government. Funny how the party of traditional values is pushing one of the traditional parties out of the game entirely

    August 1, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. t2dela1943

    I love it! Go to your respective red corners and come out fighting.

    August 1, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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