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February 7, 2010

TALK TO THE HAND.... So, what was up with Sarah Palin's hand last night?

As a substantive matter, the former half-term governor's remarks at the Tea Party convention last night deserve to be evaluated on the merits, or in her case, the lack thereof. The poor woman is so woefully confused it's genuinely difficult to listen to her without cringing.

But perhaps more interesting than her painfully dim-witted comments was Palin's apparent reliance on something scribbled on her hand. As Amanda Terkel noted, Palin was asked about what Congress' priorities should be if there were a conservative majority. After mentioning spending cuts, the former governor "seemed to forget her next talking point and glanced down at her left hand, as if there were notes she had scribbled down. She went on to talk about 'energy projects.'"

Watch the clip, and pay special attention to her left hand. About 47 seconds in, it certainly looks as if Palin referenced words scribbled on her palm.

Indeed, Oliver Willis has some good coverage of this, including some clear evidence that something was written on Palin's hand.

Now, I don't want to make too much of this, but there are a couple of reasons why this is at least mildly interesting.

First, if Palin is going mock the president for using a teleprompter while giving speeches, it's probably not a good idea to act like an unprepared 14-year-old, scribbling answers to easy questions on her hand. It doesn't exactly scream "presidential material."

Second, that she wrote notes at all suggests Palin was aware of the questions in advance. She obviously couldn't prepare answers unless she knew what she'd be asked. If so, think about what that tells us about her readiness -- Sarah Palin was afraid questions from Tea Party activists might be too difficult.

I realize her fans tend to be pretty far gone, but reasonable people should agree that this is at least a little scary.

Update: Here's a terrific photo of Palin's cheat sheet. The words on her hand read, “Energy. Tax. Lift American Spirits.” In other words, she knew what question to expect, and was afraid she might forget her own vision for the near future. How sad.

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In case you missed it on the last thread, here's clearer proof:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stefan-sirucek/did-palin-use-crib-notes_b_452458.html

Posted by: lotus on February 7, 2010 at 8:38 AM | PERMALINK

This is all a ruse to prove that liberals are condescending.

Posted by: Comrade Jake on February 7, 2010 at 8:41 AM | PERMALINK

Remember the Bush's mysterious bulge? Electronic device? A key, proving that Bush was a wind-up toy, not a corporate person?

And what's with the Obama/teleprompter thing? As a TV-less person,I keep wondering what I've missed.

Posted by: pw on February 7, 2010 at 8:50 AM | PERMALINK

I am more wary of her notions about letting oil, gas and coal "come to development". Please, are we not already exploiting the shit out of these resources? Or how opening up a few more oil fields is going to ease our dependence on oil?

Hand notes or no hand notes, Palin proves herself to be a scatter brained dipshit on almost every occasion.

Steve, you are absolutely right. She is a national embarrassment. And I am equally at fault for continuing to allow her to distract us from the important shit.

Posted by: lou on February 7, 2010 at 8:50 AM | PERMALINK

From that HuffPost link:

Closer inspection of a photo of Sarah Palin, during a speech in which she mocked President Obama for his use of a teleprompter, reveals several notes written on her left hand. The words "Energy", "Tax" and "Lift American Spirits" are clearly visible.

So not only did she have crib notes on her hand, but they were simplistic, too? She couldn't remember five or six words? Is it possible that she's even dumber than we thought?

Posted by: Kevin on February 7, 2010 at 8:55 AM | PERMALINK

She makes $100,000 for a speech and this is the result? It was a dressed up appearance fee. As a capitalist in the mold of Barnum she is skilled. As a political thinker, she wouldn't have been the equal of Barnum's Jumbo.

Posted by: Mudge on February 7, 2010 at 8:57 AM | PERMALINK

"And what's with the Obama/teleprompter thing?"

Apparently, Obama is the first president to ever use a teleprompter, and all evidence to the contrary, where he kicks ass without one -- the presidential debates, the House GOP smackdown -- the right continues to believe he can't talk without one.

Posted by: TR on February 7, 2010 at 8:57 AM | PERMALINK

Something interesting about that screenshot of Palin's hand: the phrase "budget cuts" has a line through "budget" and underneath is written "tax." Two conclusions: 1) "Tax cuts" is less intellectually-troubling to the Tea Party (and GOP) crowd than "budget cuts"; 2) Someone backstage perhaps checked Palin's crib-notes and suggested the change.

Over at the fan-site Conservatives4Palin, the defenses are that the shot is faked, but even if it isn't faked, these are talking points she has used many times before and she just doesn't want to forget them this time, of all times. Not the most flattering of defenses . . .

Posted by: John B. on February 7, 2010 at 8:58 AM | PERMALINK

Thanks, TR. Figured as much. Me? I'd love to see Obama get rid of the t-prompter and the old, cold rhetoric. That's where Howard Dean still has us in the palm of his hand: he talks straight.

Posted by: pw on February 7, 2010 at 9:03 AM | PERMALINK

What's amazing is that she is a political force in the U.S. It says more about us than her.

Posted by: Cycledoc on February 7, 2010 at 9:05 AM | PERMALINK

Isn't it time to point out that if she had been elected VP she'd be quitting right about now?

Posted by: lb0313 on February 7, 2010 at 9:12 AM | PERMALINK

Obama is not the first president to use a TelePrompter. The sainted Ronald Reagan used one, too, as have others. The "criticism" is a gussied up version of "the black guy isn't qualified."

Posted by: Amy on February 7, 2010 at 9:15 AM | PERMALINK

she has so little to say it fits on the back of her hand

Posted by: stevie on February 7, 2010 at 9:27 AM | PERMALINK

Oh, I know, Amy. I was being sarcastic.

Posted by: TR on February 7, 2010 at 9:34 AM | PERMALINK

Let's see. 600 knuckleheads pay 100K to hear the "Head Knucklehead" speak gibberish. I'd say they got what they paid for. I also think the 200 media suits whose corporations antied-up for their per diems to record this morass deserved what they got too. If I were a TV advertiser I'd want my money back. That is unless the targeted demographic was those in attendance. Snowmobile freaks, gun collectors, and sales pitches from ex-karate nut jobs spewing session from the Union and health club memberships. Pass the baloney. Nauseating...

Posted by: stevio on February 7, 2010 at 9:46 AM | PERMALINK

So first they are into teabagging and now a hand job.

Posted by: Dave on February 7, 2010 at 9:54 AM | PERMALINK

oops. Make that "secession"

Posted by: stevio on February 7, 2010 at 9:57 AM | PERMALINK

I just mentioned this story to my twelve-year-old and, in deference to her own age, asked rhetorically, "what is she, like, ten?"

My daughter responded, "ten-year-olds don't do that. That's more like, eight."

Posted by: Snarky Pickles on February 7, 2010 at 9:58 AM | PERMALINK

Wow - that she had to remember tax cuts were important to this crowd is really pathetic. What are they called again? Oh that's right TEA party or Taxed Enough Already i should mention so, no, that's not it....something about ...budget cuts, no,that's a hair place in Wasilla, cmon Sarah...think Tax cuts that's it

Posted by: Patrick on February 7, 2010 at 10:08 AM | PERMALINK

Scribbled hand notes are redneck teleprompters.

Posted by: buddy66 on February 7, 2010 at 10:17 AM | PERMALINK

"Is it possible that she's even dumber than we thought?" - Kevin @ 8:55

Now THAT is scary!

Posted by: Chopin on February 7, 2010 at 10:34 AM | PERMALINK

That very mis-presidential, palmeprompter ex-Governess!

Posted by: neil b on February 7, 2010 at 10:38 AM | PERMALINK


THE TEA PARTY CONVENTION

The highlight was to be Sarah Palin’s speech, and the highlight it was. The Alaskan Barbie was in great form and the audience loved it, handing her many ovations.

The speech itself was in no way historic or substantive. But it was a fitting keynote speech, better than one that might be given here by, say, Newt Gingrich, or at a gathering of Democrats by,say, Al Gore. Palin criticized Obama and his policies and filled her speech with platitudes and tea party beattitudes.

The conventioneers got what they paid for.

homer http://www.altara.blogspot.com

Posted by: altara on February 7, 2010 at 10:41 AM | PERMALINK

Here's a terrific photo of Palin's cheat sheet. The words on her hand read, “Energy. Tax. Lift American Spirits.” In other words, she knew what question to expect, and was afraid she might forget her own vision for the near future. How sad.

That's like writing your name on your hand so you don't miss that question on the SATs.

Posted by: dr. bloor on February 7, 2010 at 10:56 AM | PERMALINK

Her comments about fossil fuel imply that she is at war with the scientific evidence about anthropogenic effects on the climate.

She is truly a fool.

Posted by: freelunch on February 7, 2010 at 10:59 AM | PERMALINK

Meaner than Nixon, and dumber than Qualye. Don't mess with this woman -- she's already achieved the impossible once, she may do it again.

Posted by: Davis X. Machina on February 7, 2010 at 11:04 AM | PERMALINK

"I am more wary of her notions about letting oil, gas and coal 'come to development.' Please, are we not already exploiting the shit out of these resources?"
Posted by: lou on February 7, 2010 at 8:50 AM

IIRC, and if the info I'm recalling was correct (and neither is a given), actually, maybe not.
But that's not because we haven't given away the store to ExxonMobil &c.
IIRC, a year and a half ago, when gas was $4+/gal, and the "drill, baby drill" idiocy was turned up to 11, I read one story -- one -- in which it was pointed out that the oil/gas leases in question were already in the hands of the energy companies, and it was their choice to hold off on tapping them in order to keep supply down / prices high and/or in the expectation that the value of the product would be greater in the future.
Sadly, I have no recollection where I encountered the story, and since I no longer trust anything that comes thru the mass media...

Posted by: smartalek on February 7, 2010 at 11:07 AM | PERMALINK

What a pathetic bimbo

Posted by: citizen_pain on February 7, 2010 at 11:27 AM | PERMALINK

"Your cheatin' hand will tell on you...
I cried,laughed, cried the whole night through....

Posted by: apeman on February 7, 2010 at 11:36 AM | PERMALINK

You all assume that SHE wrote these things on her hand. Based on what we've seen of her so far, I doubt that is even her handwriting.

Posted by: ComradeAnon on February 7, 2010 at 11:47 AM | PERMALINK

Let me educate you all, including Stevie, on the basics of public speaking.

A good public speaker uses concise notes to spark the memory. Palin had notes on paper and a few on her hand. They weren't "cheat" or "crib" sheets -- terms which unfairly imply dishonesty -- but rather the standard tools of a competent public speaker.

A poor public speaker simply reads the entire speech word-for-word off paper or telemprompter. Anyone who can read can do this -- even a child or brainless text-to-speech program -- so it requires no intelligence at all. Regretably, this is the technique employed by President Obama. It's silly (and dishonest) to compare Obama's immature parrot routine to Palin's extemporaneous oratory.

Two days ago our Commander-in-Chief pronounced the word "corpsman" as "corpse man.". He is the national embarrassment, not Palin.

Posted by: Northeast Elizabeth on February 7, 2010 at 12:01 PM | PERMALINK

You have a funny sense of embarrassment, Northeast Elizabeth, as well as honesty. Palin needs to write her own insipid talking points on her hand to remember them? Maybe if it were the names of periodicals she read I could understand it, but "Lift American Spirits?" Give me a break.

Posted by: sj on February 7, 2010 at 12:11 PM | PERMALINK

I guess the positive point of view is that Sarah has learned from her failures during the run for Vice-President. Now she actually prepares in advance. Is Todd in charge of her preparation? He seems to be the sharper of the two. And the more mean.

I don't expect more from Sarah than I would an average 10-year-old child, and her voice makes her sound like one. This cheat-sheet on the hand stunt is about at that level.

The conservatives like that kind of candidate. The senile Reagan. The ignorant and unable to speak coherently George W. Bush. Those candidates are faces to present to the crowd, but to be surrounded by representatives of the powers that install them there.

Sarah Palin is intended to be installed by the Evangelical Dominionists who are trying very hard to take control of America's justice system and convert it to one dominated by old testament law. They were the key to getting "Shrub" close enough to steal the 2000 election, and they want to get back into power.

Posted by: Rick B on February 7, 2010 at 12:11 PM | PERMALINK

Writing notes on your hand = "Wasilla Teleprompter"

Posted by: g on February 7, 2010 at 12:11 PM | PERMALINK

Let me educate you all, including Stevie, on the basics of public speaking.

Very enlightening, Elizabeth. So far I have never seen an actual wingnut defense of the "teleprompter" routine. Lame as it is (writing on one's hand are the tools of a competent public speaker?), it's good to see how your brains work. You guys can rationalize the most irrational ideas, as long as it serves your cause.

I love your closing zinger too. Obama mispronounced a word!! No doubt you'll call for impeachment.

Posted by: g on February 7, 2010 at 12:17 PM | PERMALINK

Lizzie, you are so disconnected from reality it is hilarious. Little Sarah had to write "tax cuts" on her hand to remember it - and she's a Republican politician! The one thing in the world you have to reflexively, er, parrot, in order to be a Republican politician, and she can't remember it without writing it on her hand! As part of a scripted answer to a question she knew in advance she was going to receive!

She is the stupidest person to regularly appear on television, and that includes the cast of "Jersey Shore". But you already knew that.

Posted by: Joe Bauers on February 7, 2010 at 12:19 PM | PERMALINK

Paying $349 to see a blathering idiot read from the palm of her hand: a fool and his money are soon parted.

Posted by: Stacy on February 7, 2010 at 12:27 PM | PERMALINK

Palin needs to write her own insipid talking points on her hand to remember them

sj, Re-read what I said and issue a retraction. A good speaker uses notes to identify general topics rather than writing out the speech verbatim.

Obama's speeches are insipid and crammed with platitudes, and yet he needs to read them word for word. Can you remember a phrase from a single speech he's parroted? How about his "great" speech on race, the one he read a couple of weeks before throwing Rev. Wright under the bus?Of course you can't. But I can remember plenty of phrases from speeches he's given without the teleprompter, namely "uh," "er", and "hmm".

Posted by: Northeast Elizabeth on February 7, 2010 at 12:27 PM | PERMALINK

So Palin knew the questions in advance. Hmmm...

Radar O'Reilly is taking a correspondence course from the Triple A High School Diploma Company of Delavan, Indiana. Henry Blake proctors him in his final exam:

Henry Blake: First question: "What is a three-sided object with two equal sides?"
Radar O’Reilly: The Gettysburg Address.
Henry: "For which speech is Abraham Lincoln most remembered?”
Radar: The isosceles triangle.
Radar: Something wrong?
Henry: No, no... no. No. Your answers are right.
Radar: Oh.
Henry: You just memorized them in the wrong order.
Radar: I just peeked at the first few.
Henry: That's cheating.
Radar: It's my only chance.

Palin's, too.

Posted by: Death Panel Truck on February 7, 2010 at 12:34 PM | PERMALINK

Northeast Liz, I couldn't agree more. And to prove you're right, I propose that we have two nationally televised debates.

The first one will be Obama in a Q and A session with Senate Republicans.
The second will be a Q and A with Palin and Senate Democrats.

The public would eat it up. The ratings on TV would soar, so the networks would eat it up. And you can be proven right ; )

Posted by: oh my on February 7, 2010 at 12:34 PM | PERMALINK

Hey, that "Lift American spirits" thing is pretty tricky.

Posted by: Bat of Moon on February 7, 2010 at 12:37 PM | PERMALINK

Northeast Elizabeth: Do you really want to argue that visibly referring to notes scribbled on the palm of your hand is something great orators and statesmen do as a matter of course? Really? Give me a break. And get over the teleprompter thing while you're at it. ALL presidents since the 1950s have used them. There's nothing new or different about Obama using them too.

Posted by: stacy on February 7, 2010 at 12:39 PM | PERMALINK

Obama mispronounced a word

g, sorry, there's no way you can minimize that serious (and potentially life-threatening) error. He msipronounced it three times in the same speech, demonstrating that he'd never seen it and had no idea what it meant!! He's in charge of the entire military, yet after a year isn't familiar with the most basic terminology.

That's why Sarah Palin wisely said "we need a commanded in chief, not a law professor." Laughably, his knowledge of the law is minimal, because in his telepromptered State of the Union address he confused the Constitution with the Declaration of Independence! ROFLMAO!!!! And then he announced the "principle" that "those who abide by the law are protected by it" -- Constitutional idiocy because much of the law is designed to protect those who don't abide by it!!

Admit it, the guy's a DOLT.

Posted by: Northeast Elizabeth on February 7, 2010 at 12:41 PM | PERMALINK

Shorter Northeast Elizabeth: Day is night, up is down.

Posted by: Joe Bauers on February 7, 2010 at 12:48 PM | PERMALINK

The funniest thing about this is that this movement is supposedly based on principles and values. I don't remember ever having to write notes on my hand to remind myself of the values that I stand for....

Posted by: Brian Hultz on February 7, 2010 at 12:53 PM | PERMALINK

That's why Sarah Palin wisely said "we need a commanded in chief, not a law professor." -Northeast Elizabeth

LOL. That sounds like her all right.

Posted by: tempered optimism on February 7, 2010 at 12:54 PM | PERMALINK

Northeast Elizabeth: "serious (and potentially life-threatening) error"? Huh? If mispronouncing words killed people, Bush would have killed us all. Get some perspective.

Posted by: stacy on February 7, 2010 at 12:56 PM | PERMALINK

Northeast Elizabeth wrote:

A poor public speaker simply reads the entire speech word-for-word off paper or telemprompter. Anyone who can read can do this -- even a child or brainless text-to-speech program -- so it requires no intelligence at all.

Exactly so. That's why Ronald Reagan used teleprompters on numerous occasions, too.

Regretably, this is the technique employed by President Obama. It's silly (and dishonest) to compare Obama's immature parrot routine to Palin's extemporaneous oratory.

Heh. "Palin" and "oratory" in the same sentence.

Posted by: Snarky Pickles on February 7, 2010 at 1:04 PM | PERMALINK

Northeast Elizabeth,

The fact is that Palin did have her speech written for her, word for word, just like the vast majority of politicians. This is obvious to anyone who saw her very poorly delivered speech.

The thing that is so pathetic about Palin's hand notes was that she needed them for the question and answer period.

My goodness, did you even watch this? And do you recall President Obama referring to his hand or any other visual aid during any of the hundreds of interviews he has had?

You are almost as ignorant as your hero.

Posted by: JD on February 7, 2010 at 1:29 PM | PERMALINK

Oddly enough, in this clip from the presumably authoritative http://www.yourdictionary.com/corpsman#,
it does indeed sound like "corpse-man." This is weird.
But in any case, Obama can do well on his own as we know from the sessions with the Republican House. They are scared to let him do it again, and the Senate Rs are avoiding him - we know that much.
And NE E, you know it's tacky and childish to scribble notes on your hand.

Posted by: neil b on February 7, 2010 at 1:41 PM | PERMALINK

Two days ago our Commander-in-Chief pronounced the word "corpsman" as "corpse man.". He is the national embarrassment, not Palin.

George Soros demanded that Obama mispronounce the word. It was a mandation.

Posted by: de stijl on February 7, 2010 at 1:47 PM | PERMALINK

A nukular mandation.

Posted by: g on February 7, 2010 at 1:59 PM | PERMALINK

I'm not necessarily qualified to ask this question....

Is there a chance that frequent usage of tanning beds causes short term memory loss?

That might explain the notes in the hand, since the bats don't seem to all be in the bellfry!

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on February 7, 2010 at 2:05 PM | PERMALINK

All good stuff, including the trolls. I wouldn't give NE Elizabeth such a tough time, she'd prefer Bush's 15 minutes of material for an hours discussion over anything Obama could muster extemporaneously. Defending Palin is indefensible.

But I haven't seen "Lift American Spirits" get much traction. Ask yourself, what could this noodle say or do to lift (your) American spirits?

Think about that...I'll be over here throwing up.

Posted by: Kevin on February 7, 2010 at 2:06 PM | PERMALINK

Northeast Elizabeth, with all your talk about teleprompters, surely you watched half term, half wit Palin at the GOP convention. That thing that she was reading off........... a teleprompter. Why she even told the lie that the teleprompter stopped working..... when of course it didn't. You may be right, anyone can read off a teleprompter, it's what you do next that matters. I'd love to see Ms Palin have a press conference- with the real media, not the fox clowns, where she has no notes, either on an index card or on her hand. Who am I kidding, this woman would never have a press conference..

Posted by: Whatever on February 7, 2010 at 2:10 PM | PERMALINK

A person left a comment to my blog post about Talibunny's cheatery saying, "So now it’s not OK to use crib notes?"

Hahahahahaha

Hahahahahahahahaha

What a bunch of hysterical babies!

She went on to conflate use of a teleprompter to give a speech with answering pre-screened questions.

These Palinistas are one crazy bunch.

Posted by: karen marie on February 7, 2010 at 2:14 PM | PERMALINK

Sarah Palin the inspiration for Forest Gump, you betcha

Drill Sergeant: Gump! What's your sole purpose in this Army?

Forrest: To do whatever you tell me, Drill Sergeant!

Drill Sergeant: Godamnit, Gump! You're a goddamned genius! That's the most outstanding answer I've ever heard. You must have a godamned I.Q. of a hundred and sixty! You are godamned gifted, Private Gump!

Forrest: Done, Drill Sergeant!

Drill Sergeant: Gump! Why did you put that weapon together so quickly, Gump?

Forrest: You told me to, Drill Seageant.

Drill Sergeant: Jesus Christ! This is a new company record. If it wouldn't be a waste of such a damn fine enlisted man, I'd recommended you for O.C.S., Private Gump. You are gonna be a General some day, Gump!

Posted by: Winkandanod on February 7, 2010 at 2:30 PM | PERMALINK

Quixotically, Sarah Palin's teabagger speech last night was run live on all of the cable news networks. Pretty nice free publicity, right? However, apparently her snarling attacks on a sitting president don't go over well among those who aren't already in love with her. CNN polled "independents" for their immediate reaction to her speech and most of them were not impressed. What seemed OK on the campaign trail now makes her look like a Doomsday Cheerleader-- wanting everything to remain terrible and broken just so that the GOP can say it's all the dems fault so they can win some congressional seats.

Posted by: zoe kentucky on February 7, 2010 at 2:35 PM | PERMALINK

Just call her hand-job Sarah ~

Posted by: katmom on February 7, 2010 at 2:36 PM | PERMALINK

Only 600 people showed up for a national convention??? We get that many at our small town high school football games.

If this movement didn't receive continuous stoking by the media for its sensational value (i.e. what crazy and outrageous thing Sarah Palin said today) it would be an epic fail.

She is the Howard Stern of failed Republican governors.

Posted by: trex on February 7, 2010 at 2:43 PM | PERMALINK

The reason this is particularly salient is that many of us who were average to above average high school students scribbled crib notes on our hands when we were not fully prepared for our speech or class presentation.

When we grow up, and become responsible for the lives of other people, we're supposed to be competent professionals.

By all accounts, Sarah Palin has millions of supporters who make important life decisions based on her say so, and she is either incapable of or can't be bothered to be more prepared than a "C" grade high school sophomore.

She should return every penny of those people's hard earned money and apologize.

Posted by: Winkandanod on February 7, 2010 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

sj, Re-read what I said and issue a retraction. A good speaker uses notes to identify general topics rather than writing out the speech verbatim.

Elizabeth, this was not her speech. Of course any speaker will use notes or a teleprompter for a long speech.

The cheat sheet on her hand was for the question-and-answer session. She was asked a simple question about her 3 top priorities and had to write down the answer in advance, then sneak a peek at it.

That's like having a cheat sheet for the answer to "What's your favorite color?"

Posted by: MaryRC on February 7, 2010 at 2:58 PM | PERMALINK

I assume you all are familiar with the man who "auditioned" for American Idol by singing his original song "Pants on the Ground"?

How about a song for Sarah-rah:
Notes on her hand,
Notes on her hand,
Looking like a fool with notes on her hand.

Posted by: Hmmmm on February 7, 2010 at 2:59 PM | PERMALINK

So, here we are on a Sunday afternoon, bathing in the warm afterglow of a snow storm and the flakes delivered to us via Sarah.

For it is flakes who follow this vapid woman.

Tax-cheat.

1/2 term governor.

Hand-job.

Tanning bed excelsior.

Aren't folks onto her game yet?

You betcha. (except the MSM)

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on February 7, 2010 at 2:59 PM | PERMALINK

sj, Re-read what I said and issue a retraction. A good speaker uses notes to identify general topics rather than writing out the speech verbatim.

I'm starting to see Elizabeth's spin in a lot of blog comments defending Palin. They're pretending she used the notes on her hand for the speech, not the Q&A.

Posted by: MaryRC on February 7, 2010 at 3:15 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, she used her TELE-PALMER! what a twit!

Man, her hair was HUGE!!!!!

Posted by: DEO on February 7, 2010 at 4:22 PM | PERMALINK

I'm starting to see Elizabeth's spin in a lot of blog comments defending Palin. They're pretending she used the notes on her hand for the speech, not the Q&A.

For an example, see this post from the Corner:
http://tinyurl.com/y9wn3s9

They argue that it's actually virtuous for Palin to use crib notes--it makes her more genuine: "Unlike the guy who needs a three thousand dollar teleprompter to get out of bed in the morning, Palin speaks from concise notes like everybody else. And, like other busy moms, she sometimes writes notes on her hand."

Sheesh.

Posted by: Miki on February 7, 2010 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

None of this matters; she's obviously the biggest news story to come along in years if not decades, and the librul media will relentlessly hype her into a star out of all proportion to her cluelessness. Her propensity for turning people's teeth sideways with her chuckleheaded good-time Charlene persona and childlike understanding of how the country works will morph into down-home common sense and a personal touch that makes libruls nervous. Face it; the conservatives want a leader who's just like them, and she certainly is that. As an added bonus, she's white.

A "corpsman" is a field hospital attendant; just how is an unfamiliarity with the pronunciation a threat to national security, or "dangerous"? Plenty of people can't pronounce it properly, or don't know that "corps" is never written without the "s". So what? I didn't think Bush was a dangerous idiot because he couldn't pronounce "nuclear"; I thought he was a dangerous idiot because he listened to crazy people and kept invading countries that hadn't done anything to deserve it.

Posted by: Mark on February 7, 2010 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

Hey, all Politial Animals - give it up. It won't work. There is NOTHING that Sarah Palin can do that would in any way diminish her before her "supporters". Just give it up.

You remember what LA's governor Edwin Edwards said about scandal? Well, Palin could be caught in bed with both a live and dead boy and girl, and her supporters would give her a pass.

Posted by: phoebes-in-santa fe on February 7, 2010 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

In a cult, the leader is never questioned; no matter how bizarre or illogical his behavior might be, the minions will always rationalize it.

The Palin phenomenon is a cult of personality. In reality, the Tea-bagger movement is a white supremacist phenomenon. There may be a few members who are geniunely concerned with deficits, but most of them are fundamentally, bigots who cannot abide the fact that a black guy is the president of the United States. That's the bottom line problem with these people, and it's the reason why an appeal to logic can never work. It's not about logic, it's about fear. Sarah Palin exploits their fear for her own advancement.
And to them, her ignorance makes her "genuine." They see her as "one of them." In that respect they are correct. These are ill-educated, uninformed people and she is their poster girl. Witness Northeast Elizabeth--ignorance writ large.

Posted by: Harpo on February 7, 2010 at 5:03 PM | PERMALINK

The GOP always attacks strengths and identifies its own cowardice. The Obama and the teleprompter thing is just a simple lie for the base so they don't listen to the greatest speaker of their generation. It exposes them and their own tactic of rehearsed bullshit for every "live" event. The GOP shared the Maccaca moment and were sore afraid.

Off-the-cuff means unhinged racism and a lot of Fox spinning. But Obama can't possibly be that good. Look-over there! A teleprompter.

Look at Pravda these days--they repeat the same right wing talking points. I believe the GOP has been co-opted by our enemies. It was easy to do--these aren't the droids for which they were looking, after all.

Posted by: Sparko on February 7, 2010 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

I understand the giggling at the telepalmter or whatever, but Palin's remarks about guidance from God are far more important.

Posted by: neil b on February 7, 2010 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

A good public speaker uses concise notes to spark the memory. Palin had notes on paper and a few on her hand. They weren't "cheat" or "crib" sheets -- terms which unfairly imply dishonesty -- but rather the standard tools of a competent public speaker. A poor public speaker simply reads the entire speech word-for-word off paper or teleprompter. -Northeast Elizabeth

Bull. As someone who has given many speeches, I will tell you that the method you use will vary according to what you are trying to do. There is nothing inherently better about memorizing a speech or using notes as opposed to reading from a text. You should read from a text if it is important that the words you have written be heard in the entirety by your listeners. Additionally, if using "notes" leads you to utter a string of inanities, you are one of the people who should always read from a prepared text.
But the sad thing about Palin is that what was scribbled on her hand wasn't her notes for her speech but her notes for the Q&A. Kind of like a robot, she is self-programmed to utter certain phrases in response to certain topics. Those notes on her hand were to enable her to come up with those quickly so as to avoid the embarrassing long pauses so familiar to those who watched her 2008 interviews.

Posted by: sj on February 7, 2010 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

A good public speaker uses concise notes to spark the memory. Palin had notes on paper and a few on her hand. They weren't "cheat" or "crib" sheets -- terms which unfairly imply dishonesty -- but rather the standard tools of a competent public speaker. A poor public speaker simply reads the entire speech word-for-word off paper or teleprompter.

I'm sure we've all seen the index cards Abe Lincoln used at Gettysburg.

...wait, what? He wrote the whole thing out? Well, then, we clearly need to stop holding up Lincoln as a speaker because he read it word-for-word.

WF

Posted by: Wes F. in Hapeville on February 7, 2010 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

The three things written on her hand are the answers to the question Steve recounts below about a conservative Congress's top three priorities. The dead giveaway is the "lift American spirits" bit. That's not a reminder of general themes, that's an itemized cheat sheet.

Posted by: FlipYrWhig on February 7, 2010 at 5:55 PM | PERMALINK

President Reagan was regularly attacked in the media for jotting down ideas on index cards. Lots of politicians keep a list of the critical points to ensure that they hit all facets of their message.

We currently have a President who used a podium and a teleprompter to address a sixth grade class and to talk to his own task force on middle class economic issues (less than 24 people). And when his teleprompter breaks down, so does his performance.

Posted by: kevino on February 7, 2010 at 6:04 PM | PERMALINK

He did pretty good in Baltimore in a room full of republicans answering questions. And I dont think they were pre-screened.

Posted by: ComradeAnon on February 7, 2010 at 6:19 PM | PERMALINK

The talking point that Obama uses a teleprompter for everything - and, more importantly, can't put a sentence together without it - is being pushed hard by the right in spite of many off-the-cuff appearances in which he acquitted himself well. I guess it's a case of who you gonna believe; me, or your lyin' eyes?

The right spent a good part of Bush's presidency insisting that being able to speak well was not a necessary quality in a leader, and it probably wasn't as long as he only spoke nationally, where he was usually talking to a bunch of dummies who knew no better. However, his televised appearances were painful, with his forays into inventing new words and his clueless stammering. But there seems to be something about the down-home cornpone type that conservatives find comforting, as if a little hayseed in your hair makes you smarter, where somebody who dresses well and doesn't lose his temper often just makes them see red.

"We currently have a President who used a podium and a teleprompter to address a sixth grade class and to talk to his own task force on middle class economic issues (less than 24 people). And when his teleprompter breaks down, so does his performance".

Before that, you had a president who continued to read a children's story to Second Graders after he had been informed the United States was under attack.

What do you make of that?

Posted by: Mark on February 7, 2010 at 6:30 PM | PERMALINK

I guess that gives the term "Palm Pilot" a new meaning...

Posted by: Mrs. Idle on February 7, 2010 at 6:44 PM | PERMALINK

"Notes on the hand" was probably how Sarah made it through her college exams.

As others have already noted, it is screamingly funny, as well as very annoying, to see Republicans try to bash Obama for the standard practice of using teleprompters, when a) all presidents do it, b) he also gives great off-the-cuff answers, and c) they have most recently inflicted us with Bush who couldn't say "nuclear" and couldn't talk his way out of a short sentence, and Palin, who is about the same as Bush in sentence construction and is even worse in vapidity.

Posted by: N.Wells on February 7, 2010 at 6:54 PM | PERMALINK

Only 600 people showed up for a national convention??? We get that many at our small town high school football games. -- trex, @14:43

How much do you charge for the tickets? The convention attracted 600 people at $549 a ticket (plus whatever for the hotel) and another ca 500 joined them for just the banquet (steak, lobster and Palin), @$349 per ticket. That's a lot of lolly to shell out. And you don't even get the excitement of seeing your nephew kick the living daylights out of that nasty brat whose father got your job...

Posted by: exlibra on February 7, 2010 at 7:01 PM | PERMALINK

I'm not sure if everyone realizes what Northeast Elizabeth is parroting is a bizarro attempt at a new meme by Rush Limbaugh-- that Obama is actually really stupid and that all of his grades were faked, and that his academic accomplishments are merely the result of other people helping him as some form of secret affirmative action strategy. It also works pretty well with some kind of Manchurian Candidate conspriacy theory-- that Obama is a fake, nothing more than an empty suit controlled by others who want to destroy America, the nuclear family, God, likes to kick puppies, etc. They can't just disagree with Obama's policies they have to try and tear the man down completely.

I think Rush is testing the waters to see if he can get his dittoheads to believe any crazy thing that pops into his head. It goes along with the whole Obama uses a telepromter thing-- which is one of the silliest attacks because EVERYONE in politics uses a teleprompter. Hell, Rush himself has a bug in his ear during his 3-hour show.

In other words, everyone should ignore the brainwashed taunts coming from the FoxNews/Rush Limbaugh dittohead. Anyone who believes that Palin is in any way smarter than Obama needs their head examined.

Posted by: zoe kentucky from Pittsburgh on February 7, 2010 at 8:24 PM | PERMALINK

I think the "Lift American Spirits" theme was a late replacement for "Devour Human Babies Alive". This is why she needed the reminder.

Posted by: herostratus on February 7, 2010 at 10:48 PM | PERMALINK

I'm surprised that people are even trying to argue with Northeast Lizzie. When the northeast winds blow, they push the "crazy" and the "deranged" into windbags. There's no arguing with the windbags once it happens; one can only wait till they're filled past capacity and explode.

Posted by: exlibra on February 7, 2010 at 11:11 PM | PERMALINK

I guess this means that no self respecting republican can ever use a teleprompter again

Posted by: Bmac on February 8, 2010 at 7:05 AM | PERMALINK

Typical Neocon...

Posted by: Bruce on February 8, 2010 at 7:21 AM | PERMALINK

Hey, lighten up. It's fine to use notes. 'Course, she could have found a piece of paper, but that's neither her nor there. Maybe she had so many things to say, she wanted to remind herself what to focus on.

No, the problem isn't where she looks before she opens her mouth, it's what comes out when she does open it.

Posted by: Mark Gilbert on February 8, 2010 at 8:00 AM | PERMALINK

Since the Q&A was being televised why not use a teleprompter. She'd be looking right at the camera and her audience while reading her crib notes.
I would have thought that her vast state expereince would have taught her to use her down state hand. Since she has her very own TeeVee studio at home now maybe next time she will practice at home and try to fool us.

Of course the vision of a 46 year old in a high school cheer leader's skirt stroking her legs in front of 600 straingers and trying to look serious and intellectual is pretty darn funny.

Posted by: Marnie on February 8, 2010 at 2:16 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, well Obama can’t even TALK without using a teleprompter, and he’s a Chicago style crook and Acorn killed my grandmother and WHERE’S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE and he’s a Muslim atheist communist nazi Marxist fascist and I’m not a racist, he’s the racist and I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!!! Rush, Glenn and Sarah are all smarter and better than Obama and they should be running this country, not a man who wants to destroy America!

Posted by: iheartsarah5xaday on February 8, 2010 at 2:29 PM | PERMALINK

Did I just read that correctly? Palin was "....caught in bed with both a live and dead boy and girl..."?

If so, that must mean she qualifies as a male OR female republican.....

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