CC tackles the sad task of describing the reaction of the Moronosphere to Sarah Stupid’s cheat notes. Predictably, Right Wankistan is as impressed as hell that Palin needed only 6 little words to unleash a 45-minute torrent of word salad — hell yeah! That would be impressive… if it had really happened.
On Planet Reality, Palin read her speech off a prepared document several pages long. In the first few seconds of the video below, she can be seen carrying it on stage with her, plunking it down on the lectern, and, um… reading.
For those who can’t hack watching even a few seconds of this insufferable woman, never fear — I did it so you wouldn’t have to. Key frames:
Not that there’s anything wrong with that!
In fact, the words she’d scrawled on her hand, “Energy, Budget Tax Cuts, Lift American spirits” were for the scripted Q&A session — they were her answer to the scripted question “When we have a conservative house and a conservative senate, what do you think are the top three things that have to be done?”. (NOTE: If you watch the video at the link, she literally looks down at her hand and starts reading when she’s asked that question. That scripted question.) So far it looks like a nice day, and far too early in the morning to wreck it by elaborating on how mindblowingly sad, stupid and wrong it is that someone who thinks she’s up to the task of being President can’t go “ad lib” with a scripted question as basic as that one. So I won’t.
BONUS SNARK: When I read about the wingnuts lauding Palin for needing only her handoprompter to give a 45 minute speech, I wondered if they’d even watched the speech, since she clearly had several pages to read from. Then as I was going through the Youtube videos I noticed that most of them had been edited to start after The Sarah’s analog teleprompter was safely hidden on the lectern. Heh.
UPDATE: Via Wonkette, here’s the childrens’ table of cable news defending Palin’s “folksy and down-to-earth” use of the Sharpie:
Look, there’s nothing wrong with giving a speech assisted by copious notes, or even a few Sharpie-scrawled points on the palm of one’s hand (okay, that is pretty lame for 15 minutes of scripted Q&A, but whatever). But if one does these things, then mocking someone else for using a teleprompter isn’t really an intelligent option, is it now?