Matthews Rips Palin: Somebody Needs to 'Give Her a Copy of the Constitution to Read'

Earlier this week, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) sat down for an interview with KUSA, an NBC affiliate in Colorado. As ThinkProgress first reported, in response to a question about "[w]hat does the Vice President do," Palin replied, "[T]hey're in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes." (She's wrong.)

Today on MSNBC, Chris Matthews challenged McCain campaign spokeswoman Nancy Pfotenhauer to defend Palin's comments, saying that in all his time in Washington, he has "never heard anybody" give an answer like Palin did. "Where does she get her civics?" asked Matthews. Pfotenhauer became visibly angry by the questioning and tried to change the subject. Matthews, however, refused to let her get away:

I don't know why Randy Scheunemann or one of the smart people around her -- Nicolle Wallace or somebody -- ought to go to the candidate for the Vice President and give her a copy of the Constitution to read. That's all it takes. It doesn't take a lot of penetrating though. Read the job description. [...]

Somehow, in all these trips to Washington -- through Neiman's, and through Saks, and through everwhere else she stopped off, she never picked up a copy of the Constitution. It is a problem. It is a problem, Nancy, and you know it.

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