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Palin's Painful SCOTUS Answer


No video yet, but here’s the transcript…

COURIC: Why, in your view, is Roe v. Wade a bad decision?

PALIN: I think it should be a states issue not a federal government-mandated, mandating yes or no on such an important issue. I’m, in that sense, a federalist, where I believe that states should have more say in the laws of their lands and individual areas. Now, foundationally, also, though, it’s no secret that I’m pro-life that I believe in a culture of life is very important for this country. Personally that’s what I would like to see, um, further embraced by America.

COURIC: Do you think there’s an inherent right to privacy in the Constitution?

PALIN: I do. Yeah, I do.

COURIC: The cornerstone of Roe v. Wade.

PALIN: I do. And I believe that individual states can best handle what the people within the different constituencies in the 50 states would like to see their will ushered in an issue like that.

COURIC: What other Supreme Court decisions do you disagree with?

PALIN: Well, let’s see. There’s –of course –in the great history of America rulings there have been rulings, that’s never going to be absolute consensus by every American. And there are–those issues, again, like Roe v Wade where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So you know–going through the history of America, there would be others but–

COURIC: Can you think of any?

PALIN: Well, I could think of–of any again, that could be best dealt with on a more local level. Maybe I would take issue with. But you know, as mayor, and then as governor and even as a Vice President, if I’m so privileged to serve, wouldn’t be in a position of changing those things but in supporting the law of the land as it reads today.

Listen, I honestly don’t think Palin is a dumb person, but I think at this point we have to seriously question her ability to handle pressure. Because it’s a safe bet that she does know some other SCOTUS decisions besides Roe v. Wade, but blanking in a relatively low pressure situation like an interview with Katie Couric and not being able to easily think on your feet are not very reassuring VP qualities.

However, if I hear the claim of “gotcha” journalism from Palin or if she questions Couric’s ethics again because of this, my opinion about her intelligence will drastically change.

I’ll have the video when it becomes available.