Okay. I’m not the first to say this, but I’ll say it for those who haven’t heard the analogy.
You go to class — undergrad, law school, whatever. You haven’t done the required reading. You are asked by the professor some question relevant to the assignment you didn’t do. For some reason, you decide to answer (rather than say "I don’t know"). Isn’t you behavior just like Sarah Palin’s in the above clip?
Here’s the transcript:
Why, in your view, is Roe v. Wade a bad decision?
Sarah Palin: I think it should be a states’ issue not a federal government-mandated, mandating yes or no on such an important issue. I’m, in that sense, a federalist, where I believe that states should have more say in the laws of their lands and individual areas. Now, foundationally, also, though, it’s no secret that I’m pro-life that I believe in a culture of life is very important for this country. Personally that’s what I would like to see, um, further embraced by America.
Couric: Do you think there’s an inherent right to privacy in the Constitution?
Palin: I do. Yeah, I do.
Bzzzzzzt! If there is an inherent right to privacy, a right protected by the Constitution, then Roe v. Wade was rightly decided, since it guarantees that women, and not the state, should be able to make the private decision to have (or not have) an abortion.
I’m afraid they’re gonna kick out of the concervative caucus, Sarah.
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.
Oh, I see. The people of each of the 50 states get to decide what is in the U.S. Constitution? Yeah, because that worked so well with slavery.
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 …
Couric: Can you think of any?
Palin: Well, I could think 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.
Uh, the answer to Couric’s last question is… "no".
If Hillary Clinton put cracks in the glass ceiling, then Sarah Palin just spackled them over.