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After Accusing Democrats Of Using “Unconstitutional Process” For Health Care Reform, Palin Could Not Answer Whether A Legal Challenge Would Prevail

Reported by Ellen - March 18, 2010 -

Sarah Palin put on her Constitutional Scholar hat for the Hannity show last night (3/17/10) and pretended to be some kind of knowledgeable about health care reform and the “unconstitutional process” that the Democrats have in the works. Yet when Sean Hannity asked her whether she thought a legal challenge would prevail if the bill goes through, she gave one of her "all of them" type answers. With video.

In a double segment full of Palin’s unique brand of “insights” into health care and other issues, she said about health care reform, “This has been a really educational time for most Americans to realize that if we do not hold our politicians accountable, if we don’t hold their feet to the fire and call them on these made up ‘deem and pass’ process that Pelosi and others want to use right now (Palin apparently doesn’t know that Republicans set new records for that process), then things like that can be crammed down our throats.”

She added, “It’s undemocratic, it’s un-American, this process and if we don’t stand up and become very, very enthused about calling our politicians on this, then more of this is going to take place.”

Hannity – who undoubtedly had studied up on the Constitution, himself (Not! He more likely merely regurgitated the opinion of his buddy, Mark Levin) – opined, “The Constitution is very clear on this.”

Palin tried to sound like she had studied up on the issue, too. “The process is, as other experts are going to tell you, constitutional law professors even will tell you the process that Pelosi is pushing right now is unconstitutional. This bill will not have been passed by both houses in Congress and that is, that’s unconstitutional. It’s cut and dry. It’s white and black. It’s quite clear to most Americans that this isn’t right and… it goes against our own Constitution. What, is the Constitution not worth the paper that it’s written on, then?”

Hannity said, “We’re talking about Article One, Section 7 of the Constitution.”

“Right,” Palin agreed.

“It’s very clear. Congress is required to present the president with a bill that was identical in both Houses. That’s not the case,” Hannity said, probably thanks to the research of some assistant. But somebody forgot to tell him that the process was not only defended by Republicans in court, it was upheld. He went on to say that the aforementioned Levin and the Landmark Legal Foundation “have prepared a court challenge as to the Constitutionality of it. (Palin nodded in agreement). There’s also been talk about the constitutionality of mandates (Palin curled her upper lip)." Hannity asked Palin, "From your perspective, do you think these – how do you think these will do in court?”

Why on earth would Hannity ask her such a question? Did he really think she would know or did he think he’d help make her look knowledgeable? Or was he trying to trip her up?

He must have been sorely disappointed if either of the first two were his goal. Palin all but gave one of her “all of them” answers. “Well, the legal proceedings and the wrath of the public – our Congress will hear the American voice, finally, on this. They’ve gone now a year ignoring the American voice being opposed to this and I would hope that yes, this would be successful in a court of law, this challenge to this unconstitutional process but certainly the voice of the people via this wrath that Congress is gonna feel if they go ahead and adopt this thing.”

Here's another news flash for Palin: Americans are not nearly as opposed to the bill as she suggested.

The exchange begins at about 3:08 in the video below.