October 4, 2008
Patterico is the latest to fulminate over Sarah Palin being unwilling (or unable) to recite for schoolmarm Katie Couric a Supreme Court decision she truly disagreed with -- one that was more recent than Roe v. Wade.
Palin now says she did have some cases in mind, but she wouldn't answer because she felt annoyed and belittled by the trivia that Couric was asking in place of intelligent questions. Patterico isn't buying that explanation; here is how our pal Pat ends his post:
Her explanation is not implausible as it relates to the question about what she reads.
But let’s be honest: on the question about Supreme Court cases, she either didn’t have an answer or froze. That’s fine; just admit it when asked about it. But she’s describing that answer of hers as “flippant” -- implying that she had a good answer but refused to give it out of annoyance. That makes no sense.
Again, I’m not trying to tear her down or make a stupid suggestion like calling for her to leave the ticket. I’m just saying: she didn’t fail to name Supreme Court cases out of annoyance. She seemingly didn’t know any, or froze. Either way, admit it and move on.
There is however a third and much more plausible explanation than either of those two; here is where I suspect her answer was headed, before she swallered it down (the blue text is where I diverge from what she actually said):
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: Oh yeah, you betcha... the one that pops into my mind first is when the Supreme Court wrongly upheld that dreadful McCain-Feingold law...
Heck, it would've topped my list! That would, perhaps, account for Gov. Palin "freezing up" while she tried to navigate her way out of that quagpatch.
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, October 4, 2008, at the time of 4:35 PM
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The following hissed in response by: BarbaraS
I really think that the MSN is trashing Sarah Palin enough. It would be nice if conservatives would lay off of her. Who gives a rip if she could or could not name any Supreme Court rulings she disagreed with? She will not be involved with any of that for the next four years. The woman has just been on the national scene for 5 weeks yet some conservatives and definitely the MSN expect her to know everything there is to know about everything that has happened for the last 50 years. She had a real life before she was picked and it was pretty busy. She is a smart cookie and she will learn things fast as she has already shown us. All this is just nit picking. We have someone who has energized the base. What is the use of making conservatives dissatisfied with her?
The following hissed in response by: hunter
I really think the disunity in Republican and conservative circles is starting to annoy me greatly.
The following hissed in response by: oarmaswalker
interesting comment you have in blue. She's not a lawyer, so I wouldn't expect her to be able to answer these. For future reference, I would always say disagree with Plessey vs Ferguson [court decision in 1896, I belive, that allows segregation], Couric would never survive that.
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