It's Not A Gaffe, and It's No Surprise

gaffe also gaff (gf)
1. A clumsy social error; a faux pas: “The excursion had in his eyes been a monstrous gaffe, a breach of sensibility and good taste” Mary McCarthy.
2. A blatant mistake or misjudgment.

Words often become so misused and bent out of shape that they lose the originally intended meaning. “Irony” is one example of this. “Conservative” is another. The misfired word of the day is “gaffe.”

Here’s the reporting from Politico:

Of concern to McCain’s campaign, however, is a remaining and still-undisclosed clip from Palin’s interview with Couric last week that has the political world buzzing.

The Palin aide, after first noting how “infuriating” it was for CBS to purportedly leak word about the gaffe, revealed that it came in response to a question about Supreme Court decisions.

After noting Roe vs. Wade, Palin was apparently unable to discuss any major court cases.

That is not a “gaffe.” It is IGNORANCE. And it is not surprising. It simply verifies that Prudence Palin was a naked pandering to the most fundamentalist nooks and crannies of the Republigoat Party. Of course she is ignorant about the judicial branch. She and hers would prefer that it didn’t exist. They are openly at war with it and have no use for it whatsoever. So whats if she knows nothing of Plessy V. Ferguson or Brown V. BOE or Loving V. Virginia or Griswold V. Connecticut?

(Actually, I am a little shocked she’s not familiar with Griswold because if she knew what was in that decision, she would most likely desire it overturned immediately.)

Hell, half the Supreme Court doesn’t give a darn about previous court decisions neither. Why oughtta she?

Media Sunday

Meet The Press was good today. During the “senatorial debate” segment, Sen. Udall of Colorado said what needs said about “The Surge,” that post hoc is NOT ergo proctor hoc, goddammit. Were only that a certain presidential candidate with a funny name able to say the same rather than to feel pressured to call “The Surge” an incredible success on its own. At least he was able Friday to say that McWeirdsmile was wrong on a lot of crap. Catch today’s MTP if you can.

There are two articles from today’s The Washington Post that should not be missed.

If Roe Goes, Our State Will Be Worse Than You Think. Linda Hirshman provides a terrifying profile of a McCain administration, empowered at once to alter the Supremes so they can seek a case to use to overturn Roe V. Wade. She suggests that the political climate now mayt be more conducive than ’twas pre-Roe, not less, to extreme, harsh measures to criminalize the procedure, especially regarding how the practice is regulated across state lines. It is a white-knuckling profile of what may very well be right around the corner.

Hirshman’s piece provides further infrastructure to something I’ve discussed here quite a bit before. Once they strike Roe, folks, they’re just getting warmed up. Next on the list is yanking your right to access birth control. I’m sorry, it is true, it is the only logical and legal progression based on the extreme thinking upon which they base their opposition to abortion rights. They are working on it concurrently as we speak and won’t stop until your only birth control alternative is guesswork and a marked-up calendar.

Their Party Crashed. Ours May Too. by Robert S. McElvaine says quite clearly what is not being said enough regarding the ongoing economic crisis: Duh. We’ve done this before. Duh. Good stuff. Read up.

Down Goes Griswold! Down Goes Griswold!

From The Gavel:

The New York Times reports that the Bush Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services is drafting a rule that would place new restrictions on domestic family planning programs. While current law allows health care providers and professionals to refuse to provide abortions based on their religious beliefs, this provision would threaten the funding of organizations and health facilities if they do not hire people who would refuse to provide birth control and defines abortion so broadly that it would include many types of birth control, including oral contraception.

I have said for years that the anti-abortion forces in this country won’t be happy once they’ve overturned Roe V. Wade until they’ve regressed even further into the Beaver Cleaver 1950s by doing away with Griswold V. Connecticut as well. In fact, I’ve said, if they’re smart, they’ll start with Griswold and use it to back-end Roe, since fewer people are aware of the former, which laid the legal groundwork for the latter.

Here they go. Kiss your prophylactics adios. These assholes will not be happy until there is a law on the books touting the Catholic notion that the only reason to do it is to make babies, and that anyone caught doing it for pleasure will be immediately shot in the ass.

This of course makes absolutely no sense since the best way to prevent abortion is to make birth control and education on using it freely available and also since doing it is really really fun.