Is she off-message or does she know something we don't know?
Palin told Dr. James Dobson in a radio interview, which aired today, that she believes McCain -- if elected -- will implement the Republican Party platform, which includes positions stem cells, abortion and gay marriage that are more conservative than previous positions McCain has taken.
"I do, from the bottom of my heart," she told Dobson. "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."
Dobson began the conversation by calling the platform the "strongest pro-life, pro-family document to come out of a political party." More conservative than in previous elections, the Republican platform this year advocates for a constitutional amendments to ban abortion and define marriage as between a man and a woman, as well as ban on embryonic stem cell research.
LCR's been touting this interview McCain did with the Washington Blade. I don't really know why, since it isn't all that good. It's the normal "I like gay people, but I'm opposed to everything that would make their lives easier" banter we've been getting from his campaign. He has gay friends, y'know.
Here he is on DADT:
I promise to give full consideration to any legislation that reaches my desk. On "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," I'm going to defer to our military commanders. So far they have told me it's working. I'm willing to have the policy reviewed to make sure that's the case, but at the end of the day, I'm going to rely on the commanders who will be impacted by a change in the law.
However, at the same time, my own view is that marriage should be reserved for a man and a woman. That's what I supported in Arizona. I realize this is a controversial issue and we must conduct this debate in a way that respects the dignity of every person.
As someone who adopted a child, Cindy and I know better than most couples the amazing satisfaction that comes from providing love to an unwanted child. I believe a child is best raised by a mother and father because of the unique contributions that they make together to the development of a child.
Everything else was fluff or dodging the question, and this bit on FMA:
I voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 and 2006. I continue to oppose such an amendment today, because as I've explained this should be a state matter, and not one for the federal government -- as long as no state is forced to adopt some other state's standard.
Well, that's the opposite of what Sarah Palin said. This means that either:
- the campaign is trying to play to both sides of the fence here but really doesn't care,
- Sarah Palin doesn't know what she's talking about, or
- John McCain pretends that he likes gays to seem like a maverick, but FMA's on the table if he wins.
The campaign responded to this discrepancy:
Asked whether Palin misspoke or whether McCain was changing his position on these social issues, Palin spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt replied, "John McCain and Gov. Palin both strongly support the fundamental principles of the GOP platform."
In other words, they know, but they're sure as hell not going to tell us.