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. Trudy

    The Bimbo from Alaska just doesn't get it. The more she whines and makes dumb comments on FOX, the more the general public believes that Cheney is entirely right. McCain has to be senile to think that the quitter and loser was qualified to step up to the Presidency if required. And Sarah Palin will try to sell her Bridge to Nowhere to the citizens if they believe her whopper about how she was living the life of luxury as Governor-she decided that money was more important than respect and that is why she is now peddling herself and reality shows about her daughters and her husband and her family to anyone who dares to give her any money for them. Just "show me the money" Palin is lying through her teeth about being remotely qualified and everyone (even at FOX) knows it.

    August 1, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Ozzie

    Cheney is just saying what 85% of the voters said 4 years ago.

    August 1, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. Dundundun

    Seems like an argument between two people in a movie...the movie happens tobe Dumb and Dumber...

    August 1, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. Killdeer

    Sarah, a box of rocks looked like Einstein compared to you

    August 1, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. MarineWill

    This Lady is unbelievable! Thanks John McCain!

    August 1, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. indymid

    She not smart enough to be the "ball" !!!

    August 1, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. Just Me

    These two can eat off each others head for all I care. We should all ship them some bath salts.

    August 1, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Expat American

    Palin isn’t ‘the ball’. She’s a festering hemorrhoid that won’t go away.

    August 1, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. Rosslaw

    Poor Palin. Let's talk about death panels. That always seems to pick her up.

    August 1, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. Brad

    The only true thing Cheney has ever said in his entire life is that Palin is and was unqualified to seek a VP or other position!!! The true reason Palin is upset is that anything Cheney says could mess up any future deals for her for any future reality TV series!!! LOL!!!

    August 1, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  11. Ron

    Evidently she just learned the word "Evidently".

    August 1, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. BLKMANinAmerica

    LMBAO...............but S.P. was he correct? YES.

    August 1, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  13. Michael in Houston

    No Palin...its actually much more basic then that. You were never qualified for leadership and it was clear to the Nation you never would be. You are a seeker of celebrity status, you were handed your ticket, and the now, you and your entire family are nothing more then an irritation and annoyance to the Country. That Sen McCain selected you was proof that he too was unfit for office. His ineptness and desparation played out miserably and the Nation rejected both of you. Out of your mouth comes nothing but toxic sludge and your a bafoon of the highest order proving that you will do just about anything for money and attention. Your fifteen minutes of fame was over a very long time ago. You seem to be the only one unaware of that fact

    August 1, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  14. Anonymous010

    Just goes to show how detatched from reality Palin really is. I can't remember how many polls were released showing that McCain lost voters specifically because of Palin. She clearly dragged him down.

    August 1, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. Andy

    How many times can a person use the word "evidently?" I will say this, it is "evident" to me that Palin is stupid. I'm no Cheney fan, but he's right in this instance. That was always my biggest criticism of McCain. The fact that he picked Palin and she'd be the one running the country if he won the election and then something unfortunate happened to him. It was extremely irresponsible of McCain to put our country in that position.

    August 1, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. guest

    Seriously Sarah??!? You really think you were ready to be POTUS? If so, your head needs to be deflated several sizes.

    August 1, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. Jay

    Eh, what did you accomplish? John lost the elections in large part for picking a morron like Palin. Dick Cheney is absolubtly correct (as much as I hate to agree with anything he says). The thought of this thing being president is frightening. The comments that she makes "Seeing as how Dick – excuse me, Vice President Cheney..." says a lot about her character and ignorant sarcasm. BTW, do you know another word other than "evidently"? Eveidently, not! Never faisl. This woman cant communicate worth a crap.

    August 1, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. Observant Historian

    Now even Dick Cheney is a dupe of the "lamestream media!" My god, is there no limit to the svengali-like power they wield?

    August 1, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. Myths

    Quote from Palin:
    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."

    Her approval was down in Alaska, and when she saw the $$$$ signs, she QUIT, she didn't want to go back to being just a "Governor" of a small state (in population). She has a habit of LYING about herself.

    August 1, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. dalewalk

    You'll always be the ball Sarah.
    How 'bout you go hunting with Dick and help us find a partial solution to our country's misery?

    August 1, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. A conservatave with brains

    I was amazed to hear Cheney say something I agree with. Of course McCain and Palin vociferously deny that Palin joining the McCain ticket was a mistake, but anyone who watched the train wreck that became McCain's campaign after she joined it knows she is in large part why he didn't get elected. Until Palin, McCain was considered a solid conservative with reasonably good judgement politically. Selecting a woman who had very little idea about global politics, who, when asked to speak off script was clearly out of her depth, and who seemed to think the world was still governed by her high school pep squad, as his running mate, threw so much doubt out about the man's judgement, it cost him the election. Palin continued to prove herself one who was great at delivering bumper sticker punch lines, but who frankly didn't have a clue, and could do nothing better than make snide remarks about Obama and "those liberals". Her ghost-writen books were abysmal (now can be had for about $3.00), her ethics questionable, and her personal life a disaster. She has become the lowest common denominator for the Republican Party and has dragged it southward both ethically and poitically, not to mention in the area of average IQ of its key players. Cheney is right. She should have been left in Alaska. If she had been, McCain might very well be president right now.

    August 1, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  22. sick of republican phonies

    When you are incapable of an intelligent response- trot out the tired "lamestream" media cliche. You made your millions from the stupid and gullible, now please shut up.

    August 1, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. filtered

    Yes, that's absolutely what we need in a Vice President. A person who uses words like "lamestream," just like a high school teenager.

    August 1, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. Bootstomper

    Quote – sometimes your the Louisville slugger sometimes the ball. Always an idiot.

    August 1, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. ja

    palin was a blessing in disguise, for obama as is romney

    August 1, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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