Nov 04, 2008 McCain has remained silent on Palin’s attack on the right to remain silent
“Al-Qaida terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America … [Barack Obama is] worried that someone won’t read them their rights.” Sarah Palin at the Republican National Convention (Sept. 3, 2008).
As much as I am not thrilled about Barack Obama — and I am not thrilled at all about John McCain — McCain blundered abysmally never to have rejected Palin’s above-quoted mis-hyperbole about the essential right of detained criminal suspects to be read their rights to remain silent and to an attorney. Palin’s RNC convention speech was scripted, with no impromptu words, and it is doubtful that Palin’s above quote got approved without McCain’s okay.
Remember your own rights today on Election Day: You have the right to vote with your Diebold election machine or dimpled chad producer, to tell Palin and McCain what you think about their trying to score political points through their lampooning Barack Obama as more for protecting criminal suspects’ decades-long rooted rights than they will ever be. Jon Katz.