Conservative Response To Latest Palin Clip: Biden Was Worse, Couric's Evil For 'Quizzing' People


What's even better than watching these terrifying clips of Sarah Palin and Katie Couric every night? Reading our favorite chit-chat blog,National Review's The Corner, the next morning! The Palin-Couric Sessions have been SO OBJECTIVELY HORRIFYING, and it's a real hoot watching the Corner bloggers scramble together new Republican make-shift counterpoints each and every time. Today, for example, they argue that Joe Biden's interview last night about the Supreme Court was worse than Sarah Palin's, and that the American people will sympathize more with Sarah Palin because oh who the fuck knows.

In case you have not read the Internet today, last night Sarah Palin was asked a couple of questions about Roe v. Wade and then could not discuss a single other Supreme Court case with which she disagreed. So.

Here's Ramesh Ponnuru who, along with Ross Douthat, Reihan Salam and others, has been labeled one of the "new conservative hopes" because every now and then he will insinuate that the Republican party may be in trouble and should fix itself by offering, uh, a tax credit or something:

Those excerpts from Couric's interviews give me more concerns about Biden than Palin. He seems to be under the impression that there's a "liberty clause" in the Fourteenth Amendment (he has talked about it in Supreme Court confirmation hearings too). He misdescribes what Roe held. He seems to believe that Roe has been good for social peace and that this alleged fact justifies it as constitutional law.

First sentence: OH? Second sentence: no no no. Third sentence: go on? Fourth sentence: that's fair. So you be the judge, readers! Did Joe Biden's interpretation of the most-argued-over Supreme Court case ever give you, too, "more concerns" than this?

COURIC: What other Supreme Court decisions [than Roe v. Wade] 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.

Close call!

And oh shit, it's Kathryn Jean Lopez:

Ask most Americans: Other than Roe, name a Supreme Court decision you disagree with? Off the top of your head? Sure, you'd come up with one. There's Kelo. My mind would then wander to "that child-rape case." Then, before digging deeper into history during these split-second deliberations, would realize I may not want to say "that child-rape case" on the national TV. And, then, decide: "I just am not going to play Katie's quiz-show game."

I think the campaign has decided "Sarah Palin doesn't do game shows. And we'll 'expose' the media for every one of those questions."

Now maybe "K-Lo" is right and this actually is the full McCain strategy now -- wouldn't be surprising, and also, they'd lose by 10 points or so. It's stunning to see many pundits give credence to this political logic: "If average Americans couldn't answer this question sufficiently, then they'll just feel sympathy more than anything else for the poor vice presidential candidate of the United States of America who may have to run the world in its most turbulent time since 1932." Maybe average Americans weren't turned off by "mean quizmaster" Katie Couric's impossible question, which was to mention something that one of the government's three main branches has ever done that she didn't like. The "average" reaction may have been more like, "Biden answered questions. Palin did not answer questions. Biden looked better."

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