October 31, 2008

Er ... what?

Palin Fears Media Threaten Her First Amendment Rights
"If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations," AK Gov. Sarah Palin told host Chris Plante, "then I don't know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media."
Now that there is a novel theory of the impending totalitarianism (if you can manage to make any sense at all from it). But I'm pretty sure the First Amendment is a bulwark against government restrictions on freedom of the press, not a guaranteed protection from the press.

It also, as it happens, guarantees from abridgment Barack Obama's (and Sarah Palin's) freedom peaceably to assemble (i.e., associate).

I think it's fair to say by now that AK Gov. Sarah Palin is hardly in a position to dissect Barack Obama's descriptive and uncontroversial observations on some of the Civil Rights-era Supreme Court caselaw.

eta: Andrew Sullivan is less kind: "Yes, she is that dumb."

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