October 2, 2008 The Pump Handle 3Comment

By now, you’ve probably heard that VP nominee Sarah Palin has been tripped up a few times by tough questions from CBS New’s Katie Couric.  Real brain twisters like: 

“what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?”

“[Besides Roe v. Wade] what other Supreme Court decisions do you disagree with?”

Just in case the Supreme Court question is resurrected at tonight’s televised VP Debate, I’ve got a few recommendations for Ms. Palin to consider:

District of Columbia v. Heller (2008): in a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court ruled the District of Columbia’s handgun ban violated the Second Amendment.

Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber (2007): in a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court ruled that employees must file lawsuits under federal anti-discrimination laws within 180 days after their pay rate is set, even if they don’t learn about the initial discriminatory act until long after the incident occurs.  (Ms. Lilly Ledbetter didn’t realize she was being paid substantially less than her male colleagues until years later.)

Bush v. Gore: (2007): the Supreme Court ruled that the Florida recount violated the 14th amendment and allowed the Florida Secretary of State, Katherine Harris, to certify the vote tally favoring of G.W. Bush.

If VP Nominee Palin were a fan of The Pump Handle, she might have mentioned:

Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (1993): the Supreme Court instructed federal judges to examine the scientific method underlying expert evidence and to only admit that which is both “relevent and reliable.”  (See more here and here) 

Or if the Alaska Governor were a history buff, she might have mentioned:

Plessy v. Ferguson: the historic (1896) Supreme Court decision (7-1) which ruled “separate but equal” was constitutional even with respect to public services like railroads and schools.  The ruling was overturned in the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision.

Tonight, Mrs. Palin won’t have to face that pesky Katie Couric and her brain twisters.  But watch out!  PBS’s Gwen Ifill might just ask who her favorite Cabinet Secretaries are.

3 thoughts on “Sarah Palin’s Supreme Discomfort

  1. those are really great suggestions, I must say.
    Especially the Bush v. Gore case.
    I was definitely in more pain then than when Brazil lost the world cup to France in ‘98

  2. There is also the Supreme Court decision this summer reducing the awards to Alaskans injured by the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.

  3. Ooh, the Exxon decision’s a great addition to the list!

    And if Palin cares so much about Roe v. Wade, she ought to know about Griswold v. Connecticut – that’s the decision that invalidated a CT law against contraception, on the grounds that it violated privacy.

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