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Katie Couric's Supreme Court questions stump Sarah Palin

CBS has just released the second to last segment of what seems like Katie Couric's 432-part interview with Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. It airs tonight on the "CBS Evening News."

In the most interesting part of the transcript, which the industrious Matea Gold has just posted over at the Show Tracker blog, Couric quizzes the governor of Alaska on her Supreme Court knowledge.

You can almost hear the awkward silence that follows.

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.

Here is a clip of the entire exchange, which was a part of CBS' Vice Presidential Questions series. The video also shows Joe Biden's answers on Roe v. Wade. The Palin part is near the end :

But there's some good news for Palin: Not too many people are watching Couric.  Her ratings when the first Palin interviews were broadcast are down from the same time last year.

For more on Couric's Roe v. Wade questions, and Joe Biden's response, check out our friends over at The Swamp.

And in other VP news, The Ticket will be live blogging tomorrow's much-anticipated vice presidential debate right here. We'll begin at around 5:30 p.m. PST, so mark your calendars.

-- Kate Linthicum

 
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Seriously? She sounds like George Bush talking about his stand of sovereign nations and their rights. Even Conservatives have got to be wincing at the thought of another George Bush in the Wing(s).

You can put lipstick on a pitbull, but you can not do an interview with a parrot.

Sarah Palin is to Dan Quayle as John McCain is to George W. Bush

oh! how I would wish that these question could have been asked of Obama...

Since the media wants Obama to win, they are affraid to ask him any any any tough questions, fearing what he may say. So babysitting of Obama will go on untill Nov. 4th.

I would have asked him about these issue where this blogger has been collecting>

http://www.obamasgaffes.blogspot.com

File this under 'Life imitating Art':

Ross: Hmm, a lot of this stuff is from Colonial times. Hey, what are some other time periods Rachel? (She glares at him.)

Rachel: Well there’s yore. And uh, y’know, yesteryear.

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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 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 ...

Katie Couric is quickly becoming anchor and interviewer history. She can't cut it and keep the ratings up, and now she's letting her personal agenda rule. This clip is just part of the interview, and the most unflattering of course. How many of us, including the smug critics, could think of all the Supreme Court rulings in a nanosecond? I am amazed at how formerly semi-legitimate reporters for newspapers have become nothing more than hacks for cheap tabloids like the LA Times. I have never seen such media hype and support for any political party than there is for the Democrats and Obama. I wonder what his response would have been? I have never really heard him say anything about anything. Oh, wait, he did vote "present" on over 100 issues while in office. Way to take a stand BO.

You wish they'd ask these questions of Obama? What? You do realize that he was a professor of constitutional law, right?

OBAMA HAS BEEN CAMPAINING FOR MONTHS NOW SO HES VERY CRAFTY WITH HIS WORDS .THE REALITY IS THAT HES TOO INEXPERIENCED TO BE PRESIDENT AND THAT JOHN MCCAIN IS FAR MORE SUPERIOR TO HIM AS FAR AS EXPERIECE GOES ..OBAMA IS TELLING PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR .AND ANYONE WITH HALF A BRAIN CAN SEE THROUGH HIM .THERE IS NO WAY WITH THE ECONOMY THE WAY IT IS THAT HE CAN DELIVER WHAT HE IS PROMISING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE . AMERICANS WILL NEVER SEE FREE HEALTHCARE FOR EVERYONE .HE WILL RAISE TAXES AND HE WILL PUT THE COUNTRY IN MORE DEBT .OUR COUNTRY WON"T BE SAFE EITHER THERE WILL BE MORE TERRORIST ATTACKS AND WE WON'T BE SEEN AS A COUNTRY THAT IS STRONG MILITARILLY . PEOPLE REALLY NEED TO TAKE A BETTER LOOK AT HIM.THEY NEED TO LOOK AT THE KIND OF PEOPLE HE HAS ASSOCIATED WITH REV,WRIGHT, A TERRORIST . THEY NEED TO MAKE A MORE INTELLIGENT DECISION WHEN IT COMES TIME TO VOTE ..THESE DEBATES AREN'T GAMESHOWS . THE PERSON WITH ALL THE RIGHT ANSWERS DOESN' T MEAN THAT HE OR SHE IS BETTER QUALIFIED TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ..

Katie Couric should start practicing journalism rather than partisan politics. Please CBS replace this fraud of a journalist! Try being objective and you might gain some viewership!

"In the great history of America rulings there have been rulings."

Heh, classic. Saturday Night Live couldn't have written it better.

I have mixed feelings at this point about Sarah Palin...but my feelings about John McCain are increasingly and steadliy negative.

Sarah Palin is not a bad person, she is an inexperienced and somewhat uneducated person , to be chosen for this level of national responsibility. She i I think, doing her level best. But given her history and limited exposure to the vital information needed for VP position, at a huge deficit.

It is not Palin that needs to be brought down a notch or two, but John McCain. I don't care at this point about his herioc or military history, though I respect
all that he and his ancestors have contributed to supporting this great nation. At first I was outraged, then curious, then amazed that this could actually have happened to Mrs. Palin, and to our great but flailing country, which determines much of the direction of the world.

Maybe because I am a woman of heart and mind, my heart naturally becomes involved. That is not to say that many men don't share the same thoughts and feelings ...only that women are traditionally projected to be of more passion and heart than mind.

Make no mistake however, that the mind must rule here. A sympathy, or empathy vote for this woman via this ticket is not acceptable or humane.
I see that Sarah Palin responsible though suffering the consequences of her choices and relatively superficial thinking, where the wellbeing of an entire nation is concerned.

Tina Fey was brilliant in her characature of Mrs. Palin. But I am relieved to find that this no longer a laughable matter. Sarah has allowed herself to become carried away the audicity of a woman having a position of decision making and power on a large scale. Ironically, this opportunity has come byway of powers truly beyond her immediate comprehension and control.

The facts are that she is a new mother to a 5th child, named Trig, who happens to be mentally challenged in profound ways with Downs Syndrome. He is less than a year old. Her teenage daughter is pregnant and unmarried. Sarah is a new governor with an intuitive sensibility about life, but with a naive and dangerously ambitious spirit. It is appropriate that she be guarded, and returned to her home to mature and help raise her family as soon as possible.

John McCain's impulsive, devil may care choice is what must be addressed. It was a sexist, inconscionable, egotistical act of political one upmanship on his part. Of all of the women he could have chosen, ready and capable of this challenge, he choose this particular person for this mammoth position. It speaks volumes to me of his respect and care for women. The protection and shielding of Sarah Palin has not been to her benefit, but to his campaign. He has exploited her in every way, which I find repulsive.

In the end, It makes me very angry at McCain and his campaign strategists. It makes me very sure that he is not the person I want running this country.

God bless him, he is a heartfelt patriot, a loyal and tough soldier and POW hero/ survivor...but this election cannot be determined by sympathitic or empathetic votes.

We must have a responsible, intelligent, stable leader at the helm of this sinking ship. This in not the time for our hearts to overcome our logic an intuition.

I wonder how many Barry can think of? and he;s the top of the ticket!

Right on Frieda, Obama gaffes!!!!

I believe in what Sarah Palin stands for, not whether r the network anchors can say "gotcha" to her!

I'm kind of sad that tomorrow is the last of Couric's interviews. I wish they could pull out some more material they edited out and keep it going till Nov 4. Oh well, at least we'll still have Tina Fey to keep us laughing.

Hey Katie Couric get Senator Obama on your show and ask him a gotcha question, see how he responds! Then we'll see if the children will keep singing for him!

I really tried to like Palin and she may be a nice person but she is not answering the questions and what she is answering sounds like she has no idea what she is talking about.
She needs to think about this:
better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and prove it.
She is looking less qualified for the second highest office in the US each time I hear her.
She couldn't even answer a simple question about why she didn't get a passport until this year. How about she didn't need one before? Up until last year, you could use your birth certificate to go to Mexico or Canada especially if you went by cruise ship. There is no shame in that. But that long diatribe about her working parents not giving her a backpack and a passport was ridiculous! Just tell the truth. How can she possibly be a reformer in DC when she already speaks like our top DC politician- GW?

To Frieda: yes, let's ask Obama the same quetion, so we can really see just how ignorant Sara Palin is. Do you dumb people who criticize Obama and the media even know anything about Obama???? No, your lazy ass doesn't even bother to check out the candidates backgrounds before you spout out your media/Obama bashing. BY THE WAY: Obama was a constitutional law professor, with a law degree from Harvard!!!! Do you seriously think his answer wouldn't blow Sara Palin out the water? Please, GET A LIFE AND A BRAIN.

Frieda, I also would like the media to ask Obama the same question. Since he worked for years as a professor of Constitutional law, I assume he could name at least one case with which he disagreed.

I made a video of Palin's Supreme Court non-answer featuring the audio waveform overlaid with animated motion graphics of the transcript. Check it out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnUtmmb-yO8

you dont try to embarass candidate, what if she said she was against slavery until supreme court denounced it? what if she said she is againt slavery until supreme court denounced it? If she was against slavery its great, bt if she is against abortion she is wrong?

Amazing....SNL, yes lets make that our moral compass. Let's watch the View or Oprah to help us make our political decisions. Harvard Law School, big deal. I bet Sarah knows that there are 50 states, not 57 as Obama thinks. But we forget about those little "slip-ups." Bottom line he isn't proud to be an American, why should he be blessed with the highest office in the WORLD? Last Friday night he sealed his fate claiming that America isn't viewed as it once was. Well last time I checked our boarders are flooding with people seeking the American dream. He and his wife should really think about living somewhere else, where they can be proud. He won't even put his hand over his heart during the National Anthem because it might offend someone. That's offensive to every American especially to those serving in the military. And as far as Katie is concerned, someone should refresh her memory about what a journalist is...and basically how to be a woman.

Couric's question to Palin about Supreme Court cases she might disagree with is at best stupid and at worse a "gotcha" question.

Anyone interested in testing for capacity for decision-makiing would ask questions the following way: In Row vs Wade the Supreme Court allows women to a, b, c.- Are you in agreement and why so? Asking the question the way Couric did is unfair for most individuals without an expertise in Supreme Court history.

The same applies to the way Gibson asked his question about the "Bush Doctrine".- He should have given a definition and then asked Palin - or whoever - to comment on it. But no, he just meant to test "knowledge" rather than thinking and ability to make decisions. These are opbviously very biased interviewers, not interested in getting us to know this specific candidate might decide, but rather interested in tripping him/her.

I would think anyone who studied U.S. history could at least come up with a few glaring supreme court disasters: the Dred Scott decision in 1857, and the Plessy vs. Ferguson decision in the late 1800s. One validated blacks as property and one institutionalized the concept of separate but equal -- both hideous mistakes. Alternately, she could have turned the question around to talk about the significant "good" supreme court decisions....Brown vs. TBOE in '54 or others.

"now it's Alaskism against Sarah Palin. None of this stuff matters when you live in Alaska."

Actually, as someone who does live in Alaska, it matters a great deal that she can't even remember the Supreme Court's decision on the Exxon Valdez punitive damage case. When that came down only 3 months ago, she was telling everyone how disappointed she was - and now she can't remember it? The "expert" on all things oil and energy related? As an Alaskan, I really don't want this woman misrepresenting my state.

We could of course pose the same questions to Obama - but that won't make Sarah Palin any smarter, or less unqualified for national office.

You have got it wrong and have underestimated Sarah Palin, she knows of Supreme Court decisions that she doesn't agree with and Katie Couric knew she did. Sarah wouldn't reveal herself and instead chose to appear stupid.

Posted 4 weeks 18 hours ago by Skye Rivers

Don't believe the whispers that she supportive of the GLBT community. She's opposed to state health benefits for same-sex partners and only vetoed a resolution that would have ended state benefits because the Supreme Court had already declared it unconstitutional.

I love how the folks complainging about "partisan politics" are so quick to jump to the petty partisan bickering. Here's a tip for you... if you want to stop partisan politics, stop using sites like "Obama Gaffes" as your backup. There are just as many McCain gaffes out there too. If McCain really had ANY intention of stopping partisan politics, he wouldn't have picked a sycophantic, right-wing cheerleader as his running mate. Palin is the most partisan individual in this entire election.

PS: Mr. McCain, you can no longer call yourself "The Maverick" when you've changed your positions on the issues that made you "The Maverick" in the first place to appeal to the right-wing.

This article author is wrong: unprecedented numbers have viewed Couric's interviews online and even more have viewed the SNL skits about them and material on youtube from them! There was an article in the NYT with great statistics on all this.

For those of you dcrying the "unfairness" of the questions...remember YOU are not running for the
second most powerful job in this country and possiblity the world (it once was, but now so so). BUT most people who are reasonably intelligent, read the paper and keep up with current events can at minimum give two sentence explanations of the Bush doctrine and perhaps a sentence or two of supreme court decisions...many of which have had enormous impacts on modern day life....Like Brown vs Board of Education and Sexual Harassment in the first place....highly publicized and important decisions. And I'm just a simple housewife. If you are running for this exalted position, it IS your JOB to know enough to at last give a creditable answer. Shame on you people who can 't see the fog around this woman's head and choose to blame a very tame and polite Katie Couric for asking basic questions that a numbskull who reads the Sunday papers could at least bluff their way through. We will all rue the day if this woman ever comes close to the presidency..

FOR ALL YOU OBAMA WORSHIPERS!

Go read Obama's first book. He teached ONE class about Black history and Law on part-time bases. he has written NOTHING while as a law part-time teacher.

WAKE UP....READ HIS BOOK AND HIS HATRED TOWARD "WHITE" RACE....

I AM STILL WAITING FOR ANY JOURNALIST TO ASK QUESTION THAT THIS BLOGGER HAS RAISED:

HTTP:WWW.OBAMASGAFFES.BLOGSPOT.COM


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