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False Meme Being Propagated About Vetting of Sarah Palin

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 24, 2012

rightwingnut2 at RedState is taking on the left and some on the right about the false meme that is being promoted about the vice presidential vetting of Sarah Palin.   The Game Change movie is one blatantly false narrative that both pushes that meme and is being used by others to do so.

rightwingnut2 writes:

There has been ample discussion as of late about potential Vice Presidential candidates. A few weeks ago, I started to notice a theme developing – designed to discredit Sarah Palin and the amount of vetting that was done prior to adding her to the ticket in 2008. Nearly every MSM article about the topic suggested that the GOP nominee would be more cautious in their vetting process to avoid making the same “mistake” the McCain campaign made.

Initially, the propagation of this false meme was mostly limited to left-wing journalists with an axe to grind. Lately, it seems that some on the right (mostly Romney supporters who are still bitter that McCain picked her over Mitt) are seizing on the opportunity to pile on.

Here’s a prime example of what I’m talking about from one of Romney’s biggest backers. This individual writes for numerous websites, including the Mitt Romney Central fan site.

…Who ever Mitt Romney picks, the vetting process will be much more intense than in the past due to the shoddy vetting process the McCain team did with Sarah Palin….

First of all, the man is entitled to his opinion. However, given that his candidate likely has the nomination sewn up, you would think that he would have enough sense not to alienate supporters of Sarah Palin. Many of Romney’s advocates suffer from the same “tin ear” as the man they support.

As for whether Palin was vetted….you’ll just have to take the word of the man who personally was in charge of the team that vetted her. A.B. Culvahouse is a former White House counsel who had previously been tasked with vetting Supreme Court and Cabinet nominees. Here’s what he had to say about his interview with Palin in 2009.

….Culvahouse, O’Melveny & Myers’ chairman and the leader of the team that vetted Palin before Republican presidential candidate John McCain chose her as his running mate last summer, spoke about Palin this morning at the Republican National Lawyers Association’s policy conference at the National Press Club. During the vetting process, said Culvahouse, “Me and two of my most cynical partners interviewed her, and came away impressed.” Culvahouse added that Palin would “have been a great vice president,” and said that he told McCain exactly that.

So what was so impressive? Culvahouse said Palin hit certain, particularly tough questions “out of the park,” such as whether she was prepared to use nuclear weapons, and whether she would order the CIA to shoot Osama bin Laden even if it guaranteed civilian deaths. Culvahouse did not offer the details of Palin’s answers, but said, “She had a lot of capacity….”

Two years later, Culvahouse suggested that Palin not only exceeded expectations, but….

….People who are more experienced, more savvy–maybe some of them gave less savvy answers,” he says with a look that indicates he’s referring to some of McCain’s other VP contenders….

Read more here.

Also see:

Vetting Sarah Palin—The Assignment of a Lifetime

McCain’s Palin pick: ‘High risk… reward’

Culvahouse on VP Vetting Part 1

Culvahouse on VP Vetting Part 2

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Tony Lee: Carney falsely accused Sarah Palin of politicizing Afghanistan

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 24, 2012

From an article by Tony Lee at Big Government:

It has often been said that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin lives rent-free in the heads of President Barack Obama and those of his top brass in the White House.

On Friday, this was evident when the Obama Administration, which has even attempted to politicize the Trayvon Martin tragedy, accused her of politicizing a war in Afghanistan of which she did not speak.

After getting a question about “some Republicans, including Senator [Jeff] Sessions and Governor Palin,” questioning and criticizing President Obama’s general leadership abilities in light of a host of recent incidents that reflect poorly on him at a White House press briefing, Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, said Palin had politicized the war in Afghanistan.

The reporter never specifically said that either Palin or Sessions specifically tied the photos of American soldiers posing with Taliban corpses to Obama’s failed leadership, but that is what Carney wanted to hear, which set the tone for his answer.

Sessions and Palin did nothing of the sort. Sessions linked the Secret Service scandal to other scandals like Solyndra and the GSA. Palin definitively did not say anything political about the troops last night on FOX News’s “On the Record,” when she was forced to comment about the fired Secret Service agent who in, 2008, while on Palin’s detail, wrote on his Facebook page that he was “checking out” the former vice presidential candidate.

In fact, the only mention Palin, who has a son serving in Afghanistan, made of the troops in Afghanistan was when she said, “Thank God that we have the United States military fighting for the defense of freedom.”

After saying the wife of a Secret Service agent who was fired for soliciting prostitutes in Colombia should force him to sleep in the doghouse (and poking fun at Obama’s admission that he had sampled dogs as a child in Indonesia), Palin pivoted toward the many symptoms of Obama’s leadership deficit.

Palin said that it was “a symptom of government run amok” and listed the higher unemployment and less energy security since Obama took office, and she noted that “if the president isn’t held accountable to make sure he’s appointing the right people in these positions to help run our government, then we’re in a world of hurt if we can’t hold him accountable.”

Palin then mentioned that the top thing Obama is responsible for is the budget, and the country has gone over three years without a budget.

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Carney obviously was ignorant of what Palin said the night before on FOX News, but, instead of doing what a responsible press secretary would do and not comment on things about which he knows nothing, Carney could not resist an opportunity to tear down Palin.

And Carney has license to do so because members of the mainstream media either know too little to know that Carney was wrong or are so biased against conservatives that they would rather sacrifice some of their journalistic principles so long as the GOP is harmed.

Read more here.

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