Thursday, October 2, 2008

Palin vs. Biden – The Prelim

Here’s the famous video of Gov. Sarah Palin answering the question about Roe v. Wade and the other Supreme Court rulings she disagrees with. And as a contrast, Katie Couric asks Joe Biden the question first.

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Say what you will about Mr. Biden, at least he knows what he’s talking about. And he should; he was in the Senate when Roe v. Wade was handed down, and he’s a lawyer. Ms. Palin’s response on Roe v. Wade is one of the normal responses from someone who is anti-choice, and that’s okay; it’s expected that she would respond with the states’ rights argument. (Except she says there’s an inherent right to privacy in the Constitution. That’s a major contradiction to the strict constructionist — Scalia, Thomas, Bork — view of the Constitution. Expect the campaign to issue a “clarification” real soon.) But the part where she gets to tell us what other decisions she disagrees with? It reminds me of the time in Grade 6 that I had to give an oral book report on a book I hadn’t read. Everyone knew I was bullshitting.

Bill Maher said the other night that her problem is that she can’t even bullshit well, and wouldn’t you expect a politician to at least have mastered that basic skill?