Sarah Palin is a profoundly stupid woman.

The First Amendment is actually not that complicated. It can be read from start to finish in about 10 seconds. It bars the Government from abridging free speech rights. It doesn’t have anything to do with whether you’re free to say things without being criticized, or whether you can comment on blogs without being edited, or whether people can bar you from their private planes because they don’t like what you’ve said.

If anything, Palin has this exactly backwards, since one thing that the First Amendment does actually guarantee is a free press. Thus, when the press criticizes a political candidate and a Governor such as Palin, that is a classic example of First Amendment rights being exercised, not abridged.

If there was one thing that the McCain campaign did well, it was keeping her from talking to the press early in the campaign. Someone should have told her, "No. No. You’re prettier when you don’t speak."

She would have bought that.

And a matching jacket.