Sarah Palin weighed in on climate change this week in a painfully bland op-ed in the Washington Post. (No, of course she didn't actually write it — Bill Kristol, I'm guessing, did). It was largely a rehash of one of her Facebook posts on the subject, where words like "science" and "experts" were put in scare quotes.
On Laura Ingraham’s radio show today, Palin continued her attack on climate change. But when Ingraham asked if she would be willing to debate Al Gore on the issue, Palin demurred, saying that if it was in the wrong “forum” she would “get clobbered”:
INGRAHAM: Would you agree to a debate with Al Gore on this issue?
PALIN: Oh my goodness. You know, it depends on what the venue would be, what the forum. Because Laura, as you know, if it would be some kind of conventional, traditional debate with his friends setting it up or being the commentators I’ll get clobbered because, you know, they don’t want to listen to the facts. They don’t want to listen to some reasonable voices in this. And that was proven with the publication of this op-ed, where they kind of got all we-weed up about it and wanted to call me and others deniers of changing weather patterns and climate conditions. Trying to make the issue into something that it is not.
INGRAHAM: But what if it’s an Oxford-style, proper debate format. I mean, he’s going to chicken out. I mean, if you challenge him to a debate, do you actually think he would accept it?
PALIN: I don’t know, I don’t know. Oh, he wouldn’t want to lower himself, I think, to, you know, my level to debate little old Sarah Palin from Wasilla.
Yeah, Sarah — I don't think the question of whether or not you will get "clobbered" depends on the forum or the debate rules. Okay, maybe you might win the swimsuit competition, but if it was the kind of debate in which you were to argue your position with supportable facts, well, yeah — you might have some problems there.
But anyway, I think this is something I would like to see. Pay good money to see. Let's make it happen.