Monday, September 29, 2008

Palin Can Name Only One Supreme Court Case

Palin to do more interviews and "tell her story". "After noting Roe vs. Wade, Palin was apparently unable to discuss any major court cases. There was no verbal fumbling with this particular question as there was with some others, the aide said, but rather silence."

Ok, I can name a lot, and sure, Roe is currently the most famous case. But to not be able to name the civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education? Or the slavery decisions Dred Scott or Plessy v. Ferguson?

How about the more recent abortion case Crawford, or the Roe predecessor Griswold v CT.

How about the first big decision, Marbury v. Madison? Or Miranda from which your "Miranda rights" come from.

What about Korematsu v. US which imfamously supported the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II?

What about the recent Guantamo decisions? Hamdan? Boumediene? Or Heller, the most recent decision which supported the second amendment right to handgun ownership. She should have been interested in that one.

What about Bush v Gore?

I can't wait till Thursday.

1 comment:

DKB said...

So the reporting I'm seeing today on this topic all specifies that she was asked to name other Supreme Court cases with which she disagreed. THAT might be a tougher call, since most of the landmark cases besides Roe v. Wade aren't controversial to reasonably sane people. (You can certainly find Klansmen who'll tell you that Plessy vs. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education are the work of the devil, but their opinions thankfully don't carry much weight anymore.)

It's interesting that the initial reports I read missed that bit of "disagree with" detail.