Alex Massie

Couric vs Palin

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The slow drip torture is, as you would expect it to be, agonising. But here's the latest from Katie Couric's destruction of poor Sarah Palin. You can see why CBS kept these juicy bits back, but, christ, it's painful to read*, let alone watch.

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.

I give up. Even the Sarah Palin interview generator can't compete with this stuff.

(Sure, she's trying to say that the Court has over-reached itself on numerous occasions, interfering in all manner of areas that could easily, and arguably more profitably, be left to the states. The Court's interpretation of the Commerce Clause, for instance, is something she could have talked about. But no, apparently not. Instead: gibberish. I'm afraid that if she were a baby seal, you would feel it your duty to club her and put her out of her misery.)

*Note too, the canny nature of Biden's answer: disagreeing with SCOTUS decisions on violence against women.

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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