Looks like that "let's lower expectations" plan is working for Palin...4:33 pm - 10/02/2008
Palin's painfully awkward interviews with CBS anchor Katie Couric have damaged Palin's standing with voters, though they have also lowered the expectations for her debate performance tonight.
Yesterday's Couric segment was no different. Palin explained her opposition to Roe v. Wade (the 1973 Supreme Court decision that precluded states from banning abortion) on federalism grounds; that abortion is a matter that is best left at the state level. Then Couric asked her what other Supreme Court decisions she disagreed with. Palin is not a lawyer (Republicans tend to put non-lawyers on their tickets: going back to 1984, seven of their nine candidates were not lawyers; only Dole and Quayle were). Palin should have said that she is not a close student of the Supreme Court, and perhaps named someone she trusts who is. She should not have fumbled through an attempt at a substantive answer. But she did.
Still, as a constitutional-law professor, I was much more interested—and disappointed—in the answers that Joe Biden gave. Biden is a lawyer (the Democrats tend to put lawyers on their tickets: going back to 1984, ten of their eleven candidates were lawyers; only Al Gore was not, though he did attend law school for a year and a half before dropping out).
Biden is not only a lawyer, he has been a fixture on the Senate Judiciary Committee for decades. While he gave a more fluent and substantive answer than Palin, though, that answer made me feel worse about giving Joe Biden a promotion to vice president.
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