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. There’s also what appears to read as “Budget cuts” with the word Budget crossed out. Just to be clear: The notes most likely weren’t for her speech, for which she used prepared remarks, but for the Q&A session that followed, during which she glanced at the hand in question and in my opinion, that makes it even worse.
Crib Notes? This potential presidential candidate and “movement” leader was using crib notes to answer basic questions? This would mean:
A) That she knew the questions beforehand and the whole thing was a farce. (Likely.) and 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.
Why did the Tea Party Organizers choose her? It just doesn’t add up. Perhaps they are unaware that while she was Mayor of a small town named Wasilla, government spending went up 63% ($4.3 million to $7 million) and she left the town with long term debt for a sports complex that the town cannot afford. Are they unaware that she increased the windfall profits tax on oil companies in Alaska and increased government spending by 30%? A fiscal conservative? Unless the definition has changed, I think not but you be the judge. 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.