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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The right to privacy

From my favorite blog, Hullabaloo. I've heard quite a bit of what Palin said when interviewed by Katie Couric, but I missed this. Palin must not realize what she said because there's no way that she believes that the Constitution contains a right to privacy.

Couric: Do you think there's an inherent right to privacy in the Constitution?

Palin: I do. Yeah, I do.

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.

I don't know if she believes in the right to privacy or if she believes in the words "right" and "privacy" and saw them together and took a stab at it. But this is a major, MAJOR no-no for the fundies and the wingnuts. She undermined the entire intellectual argument against Roe without even recognizing it. Taking her logic (if it can be called that), if there's a Constitutional right to privacy then there's a right to keep medical decisions confidential, not a state's right but a fundamental Constitutional right. This is about 35 years' worth of arguments crashing down right now. If any backlash could cost her the nomination it would be over this.



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