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Olson on Fox News re same-sex marriage

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Nice video of Ted Olson arguing for same-sex marriage in a Fox News interview:

Six-minute video. I am really pleased to have Olson on our side on this issue; he's articulate and compelling, and his conservative credentials are impeccable.

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This interview makes my heart sing. If Chris Wallace were deliberately setting Olson up for one slam dunk after another (is he?), he could hardly do a better job. I love when he agrees with Olson that most people's definition of judicial activism is "a decision I don't like." Is Wallace secretly playing for our team, or does he really not understand what he's saying?


Yeah, I was baffled by Wallace saying "Exactly!" to the judicial-activism thing (and then repeating it). I tentatively concluded that Wallace didn't understand what Olson was saying, 'cause I assume that Wallace is normally in favor of labeling things as judicial activism.

But I don't actually know anything about Wallace; it sounds from his Wikipedia article like he may be a little more independent-minded than some of the Fox people. It's certainly possible that he was intentionally helping Olson out here.

Still, on re-watching the video, I think Wallace intends his questions to be hard-hitting gotchas, catching Olson in a contradiction; I think it's a testament to Olson's skill that he responds in a way that makes them sound like softball questions.

(And I think it's partly due to our biases, too; I bet there are Fox viewers who, after seeing this interview, said "Chris Wallace sure did a good job of catching that so-called conservative lawyer in a contradiction!")


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