Ah, the plot thickens. CBS has just released the segment of the Couric interview where Palin is asked about Supreme Court decisions. Check out this exchange:
Couric: Do you think there’s an inherent right to privacy in the Constitution?
Palin: I do. Yeah, I do.
Couric: The cornerstone of Roe v. Wade.
Palin: I do. And I believe that individual states can best handle what the people within the different constituencies in the 50 states would like to see their will ushered in an issue like that.
It sure looks like Palin has no idea what she’s talking about on this issue of greatest concern to her social conservative fans. She may be the first person I’ve ever heard who simultaneously endorses a federal constitutional right to privacy while arguing that Roe v. Wade should be overturned. And if, of course, as Palin said twice, there is a right to privacy embedded in the U.S. Constitution, it’s completely nonsensical to talk about “individual states” handling it as they see fit.
Eyebrows have already been raised over this quote over at The Corner, suggesting that the McCain campaign’s going to be hearing a lot tomorrow from conservative legal scholars.
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