'Mama Grizzly' Bites Back at Dick Cheney's 'Mistake' Claim

Watch out for Mama Grizzly. She bites back.

Sarah Palin had a sarcastic retort ready for former Vice President Dick Cheney when asked about his recent comment that her 2008 vice presidential nomination was “a mistake.”

“Well, seeing as how Dick – excuse me, Vice President Cheney never misfires,” Palin began in an apparent shot about his infamous hunting accident in which he “peppered” a friend in the face with a shotgun blast in 2006. She then argued he must have been swayed by the “false narrative” about her credentials he has read in the “lamestream media.”

“Evidently Dick Cheney believed that stuff and that’s a shame, so he characterized me as being a mistake,” she said during the interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.

Palin then launched into a lengthy, fiery defense of her record, arguing that the “mistake” would have been for her not to accept Sen. John McCain’s invitation to join the GOP ticket.

“I think that the mistake would have been me just deciding that, ‘Hey I love my 86, 87 percent approval rating up there in Alaska as the governor – movin’ and shakin’ and watching corrupt politicians and businessmen go to prison for crony capitalism,’” Palin continued.

“I could have decided, you know, I don’t want to be bloodied up, I don’t want my family to go through what we will have to go through in order to put ourselves forward in the name of service to this country. But I did it,” she said. “And I believe I did the right thing in accepting that call.”

She ended her defense against the former VP’s dig on a weary note.

“You know what, in the GOP establishment, what I have found, Greta: Sometimes you’re the Louisville Slugger, baby; sometimes you’re the ball,” she said. “And evidently, in these last months, per many, many comments from those within the GOP establishment, I’m the ball.”

McCain has also slapped back at Cheney’s comment, remarking dryly that he is “always glad to get comments four years later” before saying he was “proud” of Palin.

Earlier in the interview, Palin said she has been approached about a possible role at the Republican National Convention in Tampa later this month, but is waiting for more details before making a decision.

Newt Gingrich and other conservatives have been pushing for the controversial Tea Party-booster to have a speaking role at the RNC.

“Of course there’s some interest there, but you know, we just kind of want to know more details, what they have in mind, and we haven’t heard back,” Palin said.

By Erin B 08/01/2012 03:14:00