Words such as "tax cuts," and "lift American spirits" were clearly visible written on her hand in an AP photo of the speech.
The genius part of her "TelePalmer" is that she did not use it to get through her speech. She's had plenty of time to practice that.
What she needed a middle-school cheat sheet for was the Q-and-A following the speech, where she was caught on video referring to her hand-written notes to answer a hard question. Here's the video - in seconds 47 through 49 the interviewer gives her an easy question ("What are the 3 most important things to do?") and when that stumps her, she just stops, looks at the notes written on her hand, and then gives an answer based on what she'd written there ("energy"). You won't believe it until you see it, and then you won't stop laughing:
As pundit Stephen Sirucek put it:
"This potential presidential candidate and "movement" leader was using crib notes to answer basic questions?Actually, I have a much simpler explanation.
This would mean:
A) That she knew the questions beforehand and the whole thing was a farce. (Likely.)
B) That she still couldn't answer the previously agreed-upon questions without a little extra help.
If true, this is supremely rich coming immediately after a speech in which Palin took a shot at President Obama for using a teleprompter to read his prepared speeches.
You can bet that the President wasn't reading scribbles off his extremities while he sparred with Republicans and Democrats in an unscripted format in his recent Q&As.
Palin, on the other hand, seems to need a cheat-sheet just to get through a contrived lovefest with a smitten interviewer and an adoring audience.
I'm no fan of the Tea Party movement - if it can be called such - but if this is their leader I actually sympathize with them."
But first, a digression:
I know a lot of garden-variety, all-American working-class conservatives who are pretty angry at getting shafted by our nation's leadership: jobs shipped overseas, land wars in Asia unrelated to America's safety, government spying on citizens without court supervision, our money supply being controlled by private interests who won't even let themselves be audited. And so on and so on; the list is long. These people (like the rest of us) have a right to be angry, but they are being used by the same-old crowd of corporatists and aristocrats, and wannabes like the Palins, who just mouth whatever focus-group-tested keywords sound best. If the aristocrats have to write their keywords on their palms to remember them, so what? Their contempt for ordinary Americans is so great that even when we see them reading notes scribbled on their hands, they figure it doesn't matter!
I mean, really. Couldn't Palin have been just a little more subtle? You're gonna betray us, o.k., but do you have to insult our intelligence too?
Formerly, I had thought this was due to typical rightwing technophobia. However, TelePalmGate has brought to light numerous photos of Palin herself using a TelePrompter.
The obvious answer is that, from some deep down well inside her, she is telling America that she is not fit to be president.
Let us praise her for her honesty, and accept her self-evaluation!