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Palin Now a Supreme Court Scholar

Well, if there were any doubts that Fox News would provide Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin an opportunity for a do-over on those annoying questions asked by CBS’

Landon Morton
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Oct 03, 2008

Well, if there were any doubts that Fox News would provide Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin an opportunity for a “do-over” on those annoying questions asked by CBS’ Katie Couric, they are officially laid to rest.

Palin was a veritable fountain of recent Supreme Court trivia when Carl Cameron asked her if she could name any decisions she disagreed with, other than Roe vs. Wade.

Palin cited Kennedy vs. Louisiana, in which the high court held that a death sentence for a man convicted of the rape of a child constituted cruel and unusual punishment. Palin took issue with the ruling because Louisiana’s “rights were taken away by the Supreme Court.”

She also disagrees with  “the Kelo case,” or Kelo vs. New London — a now-famous eminent domain ruling — because “property rights are so precious.”

Finally, she disputed the recent Exxon vs. Baker decision, which directly affected her state while she was governor.

She did not refer to it by name, instead saying, “the Exxon Valdez oil spill — the siding with the oil company, as they decimated Alaska’s coastline…on the punitive damage that was to be awarded.”

Cameron also allowed Palin another stab at answering which newspapers and magazines she reads. He said her answer was, “The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and…The Economist magazine.”

Wow. Nothing to be embarrassed about there. If she’s so well-informed, why didn’t she just say that the first time?

UPDATE: Here’s the video, thanks to TPM.

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