Sarah Palin’s hand job

When I initially heard the rumors that Sarah Palin wrote notes on her hand, then used them during her recent Tea Party address and appearance, well, I didn’t believe it. Palin, after all, takes tons upon tons upon tons of shots from the left (I know, because I’ve offered up a slew of them). And while I hardly consider her to be one of our great thinkers, the woman has surely been studying since her disastrous VP run from a year ago.

Hell, even when I saw these photographs I thought, ‘Nah, probably no big deal …’

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But then, shockingly, I caught this video:

In case you can’t tell, the words “Energy,” “Tax” and “Lift American Spirits” are clearly visible. There’s also the words “Budget cuts” with “Budget” crossed out.

Let me be clear: There are very few Republicans I would ever support in a national election. However, there are many Republicans I can at least understand GOPers backing. Mitt Romney is a tool, but he’s not dumb, and his resume is legit. Same goes for Lamar Alexander, Tim Pawlenty, Kay Bailey Hutchison. Do I agree with these people on 99 percent of the issues? No. But they certainly would make credible Republican candidates.

Sarah Palin, on the other hand, is a fool. Were John McCain not insane enough to have picked her, she’d still be in Alaska, an obscure, overwhelmed governor desperately trying to find the spotlight. Instead, we’re stuck with her; stuck with the Tea Party crazies insisting she’s the one person who can save America.

Save America? How about speaking without having to stare down at your palms?

26 thoughts on “Sarah Palin’s hand job”

  1. it’s interesting. most of the apologia i have heard is along the lines of it being no different than obama and the teleprompter. but it is; she doesn’t have a speech written on her hand, and to need to be reminded of these things at a teabagger convention? it defies belief.

    another interesting corollary to this is that the people i know who heap the most abuse upon obama for using a teleprompter are all reagan worshippers – and reagan also used a teleprompter.

    (this is all anecdotal)

  2. I don’t have a problem with crib notes on tough answers with facts and figures. I wish more people used them and didn’t just go off the cuff.

    But this woman uses them for big picture stuff. She honestly can’t remember five words?

  3. Please. Obama uses a teleprompter to talk to sixth graders, and you’re getting on Sarah Palin?

    Besides, Jeff, how many speeches have you given without any notes? If you even used an index card, then you’re no better than Palin.

  4. i find more irony in the second picture you posted.

    anyone else think she originally had the idea to talk about budget cuts because you know, thats the neat thing to do… but then someone must have told her before she went out that obama just proposed budget freezes so she just changed it to tax cuts… an easy thing to miss though, if you read “all of them [newspapers],” like she proclaimed.

  5. Horrible. I posted this blog on my Facebook page. Just had to. Needed to share it. People need to know the truth about her. I live in Canada and I’d be scared to death to have her controlling the chunk of land mass to the south of me.

    Absolutely horrified.

  6. Muhammad, I think that could be what does it for me. You know you’re curious about Mrs. B when those lights go off.

    On a serious note: I wouldn’t trust that lady to run my local laundromat, let alone my country.

  7. Sorry, but this is different than writing notes on an index card or reading a speech from a teleprompter. It’s completely unprofessional, let alone presidential. A high school public speaking teacher wouldn’t allow her students to write their notes on their palm, so it stretches credulity to think that any of you really find it no different for Sarah Palin to write on her palm than an index card or note sheet.

  8. Sarah Palin brings out the worst in her detractors. It is not her fault.

    Tea Party “crazies” apparently do the same. It reminds me that while Republicans hate Democratic leaders, media, etc., if you listen to talk radio/television, they usually don’t spend any time hating regular Democrats. Democrats, however, really have a low opinion of the average Republican and usually aren’t shy about letting you know. I remember when dissent was the highest form of patiotism – now it is being a loon.

  9. Matt – Please. Puh-leeze. Talk radio and TV “(doesn’t) spend any time hating regular Democrats”? Did you write that with a straight face? Can you possibly be serious? Barack Obama is a pretty “regular Democrat.” Fox compares him to Chairman Mao nightly. Rush Limbaugh spent eight years tearing Bill Clinton, a centrist by almost every definition of the word, a new one every day for hours on end.

    And you really think the Tea Party idiots are “average Republicans”? They’re a group of crank loons. God bless them for it, because America needs its crank loons, as you point out, but that’s what they are.

    But please, please, please, in the name of all that is honest and decent and credible, don’t come here and try to act like Rush, Hannity, Beck and the rest of the brigade don’t criticize “regular Democrats.”

  10. hey matt, what about the stupidly childish, either youre with us or against us mantra? if youre not with the president, then you are a terrorist. shall we go back to that kindergarten level of governing?

  11. JR – you miss my point. When I use the term “regular”, I mean citizens who are not public figures (elected or otherwise). Regular rank and file people. Fox attacking the NYT and Bill Clinton is different from attacking let’s say protesters at rallies.

    The “With Us or Against Us” mantra is a giant canard misunderstood by most – it was used in a Bush address directed toward nations that harbor or turn a blind eye to terrorists in their borders. It was saying that this was no longer tolerated. That if you harbor terrorists, you are a terrorist nation. It was NOT directed toward Jason or JR.

  12. Come on, Matt. Talk show hosts never go after run-of-the-mill citizen liberals? That is so far from the truth it’s laughable. O’Reilly didn’t go after war protesters every night for eight years during the Bush presidency? And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Hannity, Rush, Savage, the whole lot of them are always going after “liberals,” and they aren’t just talking about elected officials. They despise the ground that Democratic voters walk on and the air they breathe and make no secret of it.

    If you’re going to defend that crew, more power to you. Be honest about it, though.

  13. I listen to a lot of talk radio and watch a ton of Fox news (and read a lot of conservative blogs) — seriously, not a lot of vitriol was or is directed toward ordinary citizens (protesters, etc.). Their arguments are sometimes addressed, but their motives or character aren’t. I don’t listen to Savage so can’t speak regarding him.
    In any case, I’m glad I made you laugh.

  14. JR, I got knocked from my original point. It is unseemly and unnecessary to call your regular folk political opponents “crazies”. If you think O’Reilly, Rush, etc. do so – why emulate that.

  15. I don’t have a problem using hint words to remember.
    I suspect others use similar prompts.
    I am sure it would be worse if she woke up in the middle of the night realizing she forgot a major point.

  16. I’m sure that was Tina Fay at the microphone in Nashville.

    And if it wasn’t, surely it was Fay in Texas stumping Rick Perry on Sunday. Fay, I mean Palin said this:

    “I look forward to Texas sending Washington a message on how things can be done right,” she declared.

    Um, that has to be a line from Saturday Night Live, right? The last thing Texas sent to Washington nearly wiped out the United States.

  17. Another important note, Palin wasn’t reading from a teleprompter, but she was reading her speech, which is no different than having a teleprompter.

    The only difference, with a teleprompter she wouldn’t have had to carry her speech with her up to the podium.

  18. jb, I’m talking about the Keynote Address. If you watch the video of her being introduced (google for the video), you’ll see her walk onto the stage carrying her speech.

    She sets it on the podium and spends an awful lot of time glancing down and reading from it throughout her address.

  19. oh brother.. Way 2 blast it all out of context jr and michael. He (matt) said republicans do not HATE talk against dems… They do critisize, which is not hating… Dems on the other hand DO hate talk about republicans… They do not criticize. There is a difference… You are just too dumb to se it respectively. Dems can’t criticize.. They are selfish so they can’t see anyone but themselves: So they hate anything that is not exactly like them… Republicans on th ther hand, are not selfish; So they can see beyond themselves and recognize the real need for true criticism… And dems would love to try and make criticize and hate mean the same thing when it clearly does NOT.

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