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At left: Miss California USA Carrie Prejean. At right: Gov. Sarah Palin -- known then as Sarah Heath -- holds a bouquet of roses after winning the Miss Wasilla beauty pageant contest in 1984. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison; AP Photo/Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman)

"I respect Carrie for standing strong and staying true to herself... Our Constitution protects us all -- not just those who agree with the far left."

-- Gov. Sarah Palin stepping into the big Miss California controversy with a statement released by her PAC last night. The former Miss Alaska runner-up said she talked with Carrie Prejean after she was attacked by Perez Hilton, notes that "I can relate as a liberal target myself."

By The Reliable Source  |  May 14, 2009; 1:18 PM ET
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Ah poor ignorant Sarah. She believes our Constitution protects us all but refuses to acknowledge the Constitutional rights of Gay and Lesbian Americans. And that's just one example...

Posted by: Rich393 | May 14, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Rich, of course, everyone knows the Constitution specifically addresses gay marriage. I just can't remember what Article that is in. Can you help us all by please citing exactly the Article and Section that deals with gay marriage? When you do I promise to walk on my hands all the way to Alaska and deliver it to Gov. Palin personally.

Posted by: RambleOn | May 14, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

And even though Palin stepped into this mess completely on her own, we'll now hear from rightwingnuts telling the media to leave her alone.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 14, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

RambleOn: That would be the 14th Amendment, Section One.

The 1st Amendment also prohibits Congress from passing laws respecting the establishment of religion.

It's also safe to say that the government doesn't have the authority to regulate reproduction, or engage in the social engineering that would be necessary to preserve the social harmony the conservatives seem to think will be threatened by gay marriage. If you want social harmony, go to China. In America, tax-paying adults should be treated equally under the law.

Posted by: pasketanki | May 14, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Great photo accompanying this story. Which one is the boob and which one had the boob job?

Posted by: jmsbh | May 14, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

"I can relate as a liberal target myself."


Ah, no, Mrs. Palin, you're not just a liberal target, but a target for everyone who disdains a sound-bite-munching ignoramus.

That would be, oh I don't know, maybe MOST OF US ???

Posted by: phoenixresearch | May 14, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

WOW! Palin reaching out to miss California is pretty funny to me. Considering all of the negative press that she has obtained over the past year, one would think that she would now be attempting to "distance herself from the contagious plague known as stupidity" in which she so often is clouded by. She already has the support of those on the far right, so shouldn't she be courting those in the middle for her 2012 comeback? I guess this is just Palin being Palin.

Posted by: smckaho420 | May 14, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I would think that the Govenor of the state of Alaska would have more important concerns than worrying out a 21 year old pageant contestant. Sarah, concentrate on your job or move along!

Posted by: irishone | May 15, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Once again, we are reminded that comparing Sarah Palin's political ambition to her civic knowledge is like putting a rocket engine on a kayak. The First Amendment has absolutely nothing to do with the Miss California situation. One can still get swatted because of something they say. All the First Amendment guarantees is that it won't be the government doing the swatting. Private entities, such as employers (which is what the Miss California/USA pageant is in relation to Carrie Prejean) are well within their rights to penalize employees for saying things they consider inappropriate.

What this situation really represents is the martyr complex of the put-upon Christian evangelical, "punished" because they dare to speak out. Why should we assume that Prejean would have won the pageant except for her remarks? Perhaps the young woman won did so because the judges simply found her to be a more suitable representative. But the poor, oh-so-persecuted believers automatically assume that any negative experience in their lives is a result of their beliefs.

It is one thing for Carrie Prejean to be so misinformed about the Constitution. It is alarming that Sarah Palin still hovers around the levers of national power.

Posted by: alert4jsw | May 15, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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