The gift that keeps on giving

THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING…. In her latest chat with CBS’s Katie Couric, Sarah Palin, asked which newspapers and magazines she reads regularly, responded, “Um, all of them.” Hilzoy explained last night just how remarkable this is.

But while that was clearly the most entertaining exchange from Palin’s latest interview, there were some other responses worth keeping in mind.

Global warming: Couric asked Palin if she believes global warming is the result of human activity. Palin dodged the question, talking about having formed “a sub-cabinet” to focus on climate change in Alaska. Couric asked again. Palin responded, “You know there are, there are man’s activities that can be contributed to the issues that we’re dealing with now, these impacts. I’m not going to solely blame all of man’s activities on changes in climate. Because the world’s weather patterns are cyclical.”

Abortion: Couric asked, “If a 15-year-old is raped by her father, do you believe it should be illegal for her to get an abortion, and why?” Palin dodged, explaining that she’s “pro-life,” and wants to help “women who find themselves in circumstances that are absolutely less than ideal.” Couric asked again. Palin dodged again, before saying she’s uncomfortable with sending a woman to jail for having an abortion. “That’s nothing I would ever support,” she said.

Contraception: Since Palin mentioned reducing the number of abortions, Couric asked about the morning-after pill. Palin dodged. Couric asked again, and Palin dodged again. Couric asked a third time, and Palin would only say, “[P]ersonally, I would not choose to participate in that kind of contraception.”

Homosexuality: Couric asked about her church sponsoring a conference about making gay people straight through prayer. Palin said she didn’t know if prayer could change a person’s sexual orientation, adding, “I have one of my absolute best friends for the last 30 years happens to be gay, and I love her dearly. And she is not my ‘gay friend,’ she is one of my best friends, who happens to have made a choice that isn’t a choice I would have made.” (In other words, Palin believes sexual orientation is a “choice” people make?)

I keep watching these Palin interviews, assuming she’ll get better at them. It hasn’t happened yet.

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