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Conservative Ted Olson Demolishes Chris Wallace’s Attack On Prop 8 Ruling

Reported by Ellen - August 8, 2010 -

Conservative attorney Ted Olson, who successfully argued for the federal ruling that just overturned California’s Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage, discussed the case on Fox News Sunday today. Host Chris Wallace spent nearly the entire interview trying to destroy and discredit Olson’s case. It was the kind of “balance” we never saw when Wallace interviewed Sarah Palin the week before when even a cheat sheet couldn’t keep her from getting her facts wrong about the consequences of letting the Bush tax cuts expire for the wealthiest Americans. Still, Olson overcame Wallace’s extra “skepticism” with a deftness Palin could only dream about. Best line from Olson to Wallce: Would you like Fox’s right to free press put up to a vote?

Wallace tried to throw at Olson every right-wing talking point since the ruling came down. Olson plowed past every one of them. Some highlights below:

Ted Olson: We do not put the bill of rights to a vote… We ask judges to make sure that when we vote for something, we’re not depriving minorities of their Constitutional rights... It’s not judicial activism when judges do what the Constitution requires them to do and they follow the precedent of previous decisions of the Supreme Court.

... If seven million Californians were to decide that we should have separate but equal schools or that we would send some of our citizens to separate drinking fountains or have them be in the back of the bus, that would be unconstitutional.

... Would you like Fox’s right to free press put up to a vote and say well, if five states have approved it, let’s wait til the other 45 states do? These are fundament constitutional rights. The Bill of Rights guarantees Fox News and you, Chris Wallace, the right to speak.

... Marriage is a conservative value.

As Think Progress noted, Wallace conceded he had failed to put a dent in Olson’s case, saying, “I gotta say, after your appearance today, I don’t understand how you ever lost a case in the Supreme Court, sir,

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