2008 Quite a Contrast
posted by October 1 at 16:27 PMon
The Palin clip that everyone’s been waiting for has now aired on The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.
And here’s the key part of the transcript. After Palin discusses her opposition to Roe v. Wade, Couric asks…
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.
This was part of Couric’s “Vice Presidential Questions” series, so she asked Joe Biden the same thing. How did he respond?
COURIC: (to Biden): What are the Supreme Court decisions you disagree with?
BIDEN: You know, I’m the guy who wrote the Violence Against Women act. And I said that every woman in America if they are beaten and abused by a man should be able to take that person to court. Meaning you should be able to go to federal court and sue in federal court the man who abused you if you can prove that abuse. But they said no that a woman, there’s no federal jurisdiction and I held, they acknowledged, I held about 1,000 hours of hearings proving that there’s an effect in interstate commerce. Women who are abused and beaten and beaten are women who are not able to be in the work force. And the Supreme Court said there is an impact on commerce but this is federalizing a private crime and we’re not going to allow it. I think the Supreme Court was wrong about that decision.
Another key moment:
COURIC (to Palin): Do you think there’s an inherent right to privacy in the Constitution?
PALIN: I do. Yeah, I do.
As The Caucus rather gently puts it:
Ms. Palin also said that she believed there is an inherent right of privacy in the Constitution. She did not explain how she could believe in a right of privacy and still oppose Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that established a Constitutional right to abortion. The decision rests on the belief in a right to privacy.
Another decision that rests on the Constitutional right to privacy: Lawrence v. Texas, the 2003 Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay sex. I wonder which side of that one Palin is on. Maybe both?