Here it is, the highly anticipated Sarah Palin stumble on Supreme Court decisions, and it doesn’t disappoint.
There’s a version of this video circulating on Youtube that cuts out Joe Biden’s segment completely, and I think that does a disservice to it. In order to appreciate the enormity of Palin’s gaffe, you have to view her non-answer in proper context– the proper context being that she’s running to be Vice President of the United States. When you watch the ease with which Joe Biden not only answers the question, but then expounds on his answer– with no prodding from the interviewer required– you hear what a vice presidential nominee is supposed to sound like.
Regardless of whether you agree with Biden’s views or not, it is clear that he has given the matter a great deal of thought. With Palin, it appears as if she’s gone 44 years as a citizen of the United States and hasn’t given a day’s thought to any legislative decision in our history outside of the hot button Roe v. Wade. This is the equivalent of interviewing to be a sports reporter and not being able to name a football player other than O.J. Simpson. As president, this is the woman who would be in charge of granting lifetime appointments to Supreme Court justices.
The other reason to watch Biden’s segment first is that it eliminates any question of media bias. You can’t blame Katie Couric for this one. She asks Biden the exact same questions she asks Palin, with the exact same tone. The only difference is Joe Biden answers the questions, Sarah Palin can’t.