Good grief, they’re idiots

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?

34 Responses to “Good grief, they’re idiots”


  1. 1 SM Monday, February 8, 2010 at 9:03 am

    On her other hand was the word, “Right”.

  2. 3 hemmingforddogblog Monday, February 8, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I thought it said, “Breath in, breath out, breath in…..” 🙂

  3. 4 JJ Monday, February 8, 2010 at 9:15 am

    No, it says “If found, please return to…”

  4. 5 phil Monday, February 8, 2010 at 10:07 am

    My guess is that she got the questions without the requisite time needed for her handlers to coach her for a decent performance.

  5. 6 Bowler Monday, February 8, 2010 at 10:20 am

    “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.”

    Thank you! Much appreciated.

  6. 7 KEvron Monday, February 8, 2010 at 11:51 am

    i’d like to smudge that ink….

    KEvron, naughty-naughty

  7. 8 hemmingforddogblog Monday, February 8, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    What would have been funny…If, during the “interview” Sawah had done a face palm. Instant message to the “followers”…but in reverse. They would have considered it a message from teh Gods! *evil grin*

    These people bring out my snark…sorry…

  8. 9 Cornelius T.Zen Monday, February 8, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Good morrow, all!
    Please, don’t call these people idiots. They’re not smart enough to qualify as idiots. No self-respecting idiot would be caught dead in the same room as those people. They are damaging the reputation of idiots worldwide. And please, do not use imbecile, cretin or moron. And retard? There are lemurs in Madagascar that are scratching their heads, wondering how evolution could possibly result in such creatures.
    God Is An Iron – CTZEn

  9. 10 Peter Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 3:37 am

    My goodness, the exploding heads around here would win a fireworks competition.

    jj, don’t you think this would be a great time for a re-make of that old Jimmy Stewart classic, but with an updated, inclusive title like “Mrs. Smith goes to Washington”?

  10. 11 J. A. Baker Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 7:37 am

    I thought it said, “Breath in, breath out, breath in…..” 🙂

    Not to ruin the joke by going all Spelling Nazi on you, SQ, but the verb “breathe” has an “e” on the end. I encounter the error so many times online that it really grates on my nerves.

  11. 12 JJ Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 9:56 am

    phil

    My guess is that she got the questions without the requisite time needed for her handlers to coach her for a decent performance.

    Could be there was no real coaching time, but she obviously knew in advance what the questions were going to be and had enough time to write down the answer to the “hardest” one 😆

  12. 13 JJ Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Bowler – Hey, I aim to please 8) (I know some people are driven absolutely batshit by the screechy sound of her voice, at least I am.)

  13. 14 JJ Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 10:01 am

    SQ – I didn’t watch the whole thing, just about 20 minutes of it altogether, and there were plenty of “signs”.

    But you know, if she’d do something like a facepalm, I’d like her a lot more. Learn to show a little humility instead of the non-stop overweening arrogance.

  14. 15 JJ Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 10:07 am

    CTZen

    Please, don’t call these people idiots. They’re not smart enough to qualify as idiots.

    I don’t know… sometimes I generalize too much. Some of them aren’t idiots at all, they’re just being played. It happens to the best of us.

  15. 16 JJ Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Peter

    My goodness, the exploding heads around here would win a fireworks competition.

    It’s true! I wish I knew why that was… there are a lot of reasons not to like Palin, but there are also a lot of things about her that are alright, at least to me. But when she gives one of these barn-burner speeches where she goes all dumb and snarly and arrogant, I can’t stand her.

  16. 17 JJ Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 10:15 am

    KEvron – Bad KEvron, bad. 😉

  17. 18 JJ Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 10:16 am

    JAB – OMG, I thought I was bad — you’re a worse spelling nazi than I am.

  18. 19 joe agnost Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Alec Baldwin has a pretty good take on Sarah over at huffpo:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alec-baldwin/sarah-palin-faux-populist_b_455331.html

    He makes a lot of sense IMO. Isn’t it a little too easy to make fun of her over this issue? It seems ~too~ easy – almost planned…

  19. 20 phil Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I don’t buy that, Joe. She obviously was trying to sneak a surreptitious look at her palm pilot. She really is that dumb.

  20. 21 joe agnost Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    That’s just it Phil… ~how~ dumb is she?

    I have to say I’m on the fence on this one – she might just be ~that~ dumb, but wouldn’t her handlers advice her against this? I dunno… I’m 50-50 on this…

  21. 22 ellroon Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Can’t recall who it was who said the corporations and the shadow government WANT stupid people to run Capitol Hill… but it really seems true. Stupid people are easily led, easily manipulated.

    The celebration of belief and feelings over science and fact, the mocking of educated people, the incoherent platform of the teabaggers…. all makes me realize this is how the USA will fall… first by hubris in attacking Iraq and destroying our economy then by electing more village idiots to high office.

    Will Canada take refugees from stupidity?

  22. 23 JJ Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    joe agnost – It’s quite possible that this was a little drama played out by Palin — the more she is criticized, the more her base rallies around her (they’re even stupider than she is).

    If this is true, it’s extremely cynical. But I wouldn’t put anything past her. She’s completely devoid of any substance or ethics.

  23. 24 JJ Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    phil – I’m on the fence on this one. I think it’s exactly the kind of cynical, stupid move she’d make to manipulate her supporters.

    They’re totally malleable — most of them think her handoprompter notes were for the speech, not the Q&A 😯 They actually believe that she could deliver a 45-minute speech without any assistance but 6 words on the palm of her hand 😆 NOBODY can do that, least of all Palin — she’s one of the most circumloquacious people I’ve ever heard. (The upside is she gives me so much opportunity to use my favourite word, “circumloquacious”.)

  24. 25 JJ Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    ellroon

    all makes me realize this is how the USA will fall… first by hubris in attacking Iraq and destroying our economy then by electing more village idiots to high office.

    I hate to dwell on this because it depresses me, but you’re right: one of the reasons I find US politics so fascinating is that I believe we are probably witnessing the fall of an empire. I have a lot of faith in the US, though: I think it has too much intelligence and vibrant energy to ever fail completely, but the well of stupid is making it an uphill battle. And it’s only just started.

  25. 26 JollyRoger Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I don’t believe I ever recall seeing someone so desperate to apologize for their idiot as the FOX “News” bobbleheads were. Their theories about why she had those hand notes were worthy of a Rod Serling story.

  26. 27 JJ Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Jolly Roger – LOL. I’ve seen so many “theories” about this ingenious move of hers, writing on her hand, and what it all means… But the fact is, if she wanted to create buzz, mission accomplished.

    Apart from the hand job, her speech and the Q&A were pretty scary… she really revealed herself to be a completely empty vessel with nothing going on in her head but bumper sticker slogans, which is quite frightening when you consider that she might run for leader of the free world. Declare war on Iran to help win an election? WTF?? 😯

  27. 28 Peter Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Funny, when she was governor of Alaska, she was neither extremist, nor demagogue, nor stupid. She successfully took on both the corrupt Republican establishment and Big Oil and ended up with popularity ratings in the stratosphere.

    Do you think it was the water or the air?

  28. 29 Cornelius T.Zen Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Good morrow, all!
    Peter: Neither. It was the fumes from the meth labs all around her when she was mayor of Wasilla. And the expense accounts she rung up by not moving her family to Juneau when she was elected Governor. And the flip-flop on The Bridge To Nowhere. And her persecution of her ex-bro-in-law through her office. And “Drill, Baby, Drill” is taking on Big Oil?
    Pull the other one, son, it has bells on it – CTZen

  29. 30 Peter Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Cornelius:

    I don’t imagine you will ever admire or like her, but don’t you think this little morality play you are all writing in which she plays Lucifer with a low IQ while you are both the last word in genius and sing with the angels is a little…well… unseemly?

  30. 31 JJ Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Peter – Odd, isn’t it? She doesn’t appear to have been an ideologue in Alaska, ie. she appointed a judge who was on the board of Planned Parenthood, something NO utraconservative ideologue would do, ever.

    She “took on Big Oil” by forcing it to spread its wealth around to the citizens of Alaska… there’s a word for that, I think it starts with an “S”. (The resulting $3200 check every Alaskan received could have something to do with those stratospheric approval ratings.)

    What perplexes me about her is that she isn’t popular because of these things, she’s popular because of this brainless, hypocritical persona she projects, railing at the “elites” when she IS one of the “elites”, and pandering to the worst of conservatism. She might be a decent politician (although a long way from presidential quality), so why does she have to act like a moron? It sets women in politics back decades.

  31. 32 JJ Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 10:33 am

    CTZen – She did take on Big Oil — she passed a bill that made oil companies return a portion of their profits to the people of Alaska.

    Like any good socialist would do 😯

    Her flip-flopping and lying about it doesn’t bother me, all politicians do it and she’s no different.

    My opinion of Palin flip flops too — I’ve often said here that I don’t think she’s as dumb as she comes across. Who’s telling her to act this way and say all these stupid things? Declare war on Iran?? Huh?? That’s scary.

  32. 33 JJ Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Peter

    I don’t imagine you will ever admire or like her,

    I liked the interview she gave on the fishing boat. A politician giving an interview in hip waders, that’s cool 8)

  33. 34 Cornelius T.Zen Friday, February 12, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Good morrow, all!
    JJ – are we talking about the same Sister Sawah here?
    As in, the Sarah Palin that wanted Congress to lift the moratorium on offshore oil exploration? “Drill, Baby, Drill?”
    The Sarah Palin that wanted Congress to allow mining and oil exploration in national parks and wildlife preserves?
    The Sarah Palin that wanted the motto of the US Department of the Interior to read: “Log It. Mine It. Pave It. Wal-Mart.”?
    That Sarah Palin? Taking on Big Oil?
    Nah…can’t be…CTZen


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