Is she a blithering idiot, a liar, or informing us that now McCain has ditched his earlier positions on abortion (and gays)? You decide. From The Atlantic’s Ambinder:
Dr. James Dobson today asked Gov. Sarah Palin about her private conversations with Sen. McCain about the Republican platform’s planks on life and marriage.
“In your private conversations with Senator McCain is it your impression that he also strongly supports those views? I know that he did not oppose that platform when it was written. Do you think he will implement it?”
Good question. A lot of social conservatives worry about this.
Governor Palin responded: “I do, from the bottom of my heart. I am such a strong believer that McCain believes in those strong planks and we do have good conversations about some of the details too, about the different planks and what they represent.”
The 2008 GOP platform is a bit more conservative than it was in 2004. If McCain is going to implement it – something of which Palin is convinced from the bottom of her heart – then that means that McCain will support a constitutional amendment to ban all abortion (including those cases where the mother was raped or was the victim of incest), a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, and he will oppose government-sponsored embryonic stem cell research.
Either Palin trying to mislead Dobson, equivocate, or perhaps he doesn’t know what her running mate believes. McCain opposes a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage…. He supports embryonic stem cell research…he opposes a constitutional amendment banning all abortion. Read the platform for yourself: On abortion… on gay marriage… on stem cells…
So McCain is now in favor of forcing rape victims to carry their rapists’ babies to term? This should be fun.