On Palin's Hand

By now I suspect many of you have seen the picture of Sarah Palin's left hand with her scribbled crib notes. I'd embed the picture but MyDD5 doesn't seem to allow that functionality but you can view the image over at Andrew Sullivan'sThe Daily Dish.

On her hand she scribbled four points: "Energy," "Budget [crossed out] Cuts," "Tax" and "Lift American spirits."

The fact that she wrote these points suggests that Q&A session with Judson Phillips was staged but that's not really the story here. The takeaway is that those notes were in response to the question on her three top legislative priorities.

Now think about that. It's not exactly a hard question and it's not like she was being asked policy specifics or hard facts. She was asked generalities.

How hard is that? Well for Sarah Palin anything beyond reciting talking points is an near impossibility. It's obvious that she can't think on her feet. Who among us couldn't name three, five or even ten legislative priorities without batting an eyelash? And note that the last one - "Lift American spirits" - isn't exactly something that can be achieved by an act of Congress.

Nor is this the first time that we have the moose in headlights Palin. She was stumped by Glenn Beck's question on who was her favorite Founding Father. It's not that she couldn't name one but can she  differentiate between them? Her answer implied that she could not. Now consider that former Colorado Congressman Tommy Tancredo bemoaned the lack of civic literacy among Americans in his speech. Is there any public figure who is as historically challenged as Sarah Palin?

Nor is it the distant past that befuddles Sarah Palin. Even the more recent leaves her gasping for answers.  Think back to Charlie Gibson's interview when she was asked about the Bush Doctrine. Her response was "Which one Charlie?" That suggests a complete detachment from the foreign policy debate that stemmed from the Bush Administration's decision to pursue a policy of preemptive war. In last night's speech, the Palin Doctrine of national security was "we win, you lose" with you being America's enemies. Gee whiz, now why didn't we think of that before?

I hate to be so blunt and publicly disparage an individual but she is little more than a talking chimpanzee incapable of critical thinking who wouldn't make it out of the Republican primary which is frankly a pity because if she were to win the Republican nomination it would doom the GOP to the worst electoral landslide in history.

Hey, let's give her credit. At least this time she got the Vice President's name right. During the Vice Presidential debate in 2008, she kept on calling him Senator O'Biden.

Now that's progress!

 

Tags: Sarah Palin, Tea Party Movement, conservative movement (all tags)

Comments

14 Comments

Her followers won't give a hoot

They Love her for her stupidity! They see her as they did Bushboy. To these people writing crib notes just reconfirms her folksy down to earth character. She isn't "Smarter" then them.  No matter how hypocritical the Lords of the wingnuts prove themselves to be IOIYAR or IOIYAT.

by eddieb 2010-02-07 05:42PM | 0 recs
RE: Her followers won't give a hoot

Well, that's Republicans for you. They simply do not trust intellect, and Bush vouched for the absence of that trait by even getting reelected for a second term. He had similar problems with political and foreign policy knowledge just as Palin has been having during the primaries in 1999.

 

by MainStreet 2010-02-07 10:09PM | 1 recs
RE: Her followers won't give a hoot

Well, that's Republicans for you. They simply do not trust intellect, and Bush vouched for the absence of that trait by even getting reelected for a second term. He had similar problems with political and foreign policy knowledge just as Palin has been having during the primaries in 1999.

 

by MainStreet 2010-02-07 10:09PM | 0 recs
Thanks

You just repeated what I said in an earlier post, she hasnt a chance in hell of making it out of the primary process and emerging as the GOP candidate.....none whatsoever.....

by BuckeyeBlogger 2010-02-07 06:50PM | 0 recs
RE: Thanks

Au contraire... that's what they said about John McCain... Palin is next inline and odds on favorite. I'm sure the odds of a Palin/Brown ticket in 2012 are about even at this point.

by vecky 2010-02-07 08:27PM | 0 recs
Think about it

She is going to have to get through a grueling debate schedule even before the Iowa caucuses. Each offers the opportunity for a pratfall or a self-immolation.

If even these highly scripted events end up being disasters, what can we expect when is forced to think fast and on her feet?

by Charles Lemos 2010-02-07 08:37PM | 1 recs
RE: Think about it

These are the GOP "debates" we're talking about here...

by vecky 2010-02-07 08:43PM | 0 recs
She is going

to have face the press at some point. There will be debates moderated by the major news networks.

She will wilt, not to suggest that she is standing tall. Even on Free Republic, there are those who think she is an idiot. No doubt more Freepers support her no questions act.

She's facile and unable to think critically but her core problem is that she is just plain stupid. Her knowledge of the world is extremely limited, hence she spouts talking points.

by Charles Lemos 2010-02-07 08:53PM | 1 recs
RE: She is going

In other words she is pretty much like the Conservative base....

The press is not going to go after her. They've already been cowed and will take it easy to avoid looking like a bully. Besides she has Faux and Limbaugh/Glenn/Hewitt, et al. With them who needs the MSM for the GOP primaries?

by vecky 2010-02-07 08:59PM | 0 recs
the notes on her hand

reminded my of an old Soviet joke. Brezhnev hears a knock at the door, walks over, pulls a card out of his pocket, and reads, "Who's there?"

by desmoinesdem 2010-02-07 10:14PM | 0 recs
MyDD5?

It is just not working. Best to leave well enough alone. This version is not even up to a beta version, as it contained nothing close to the previous version, which was working fine.

Not getting it. What's the point of introducing an unfinished product and working on it while the blog is active? MyDD5 doesn't come close to MyDD4, if that was the last version.

by MainStreet 2010-02-08 01:28PM | 0 recs
Don't Insult Chimpanzees!!!

You said, "...but she is little more than a talking chimpanzee incapable of critical thinking..."  Chimpanzees are noted for their intelligence!!

by chrisdarling 2010-02-08 01:45PM | 0 recs
RE: On Palin's Hand

If you read the book on the Election by Mark halperin, there are several anecdotes about Palin shutting down completely when she was overwhelmed in predebate prep sessions. She was ignorant of a lot of things and had to be tutored like a 2nd grader on foreign affairs.

 

On a related tidbit, she supposedly had a hard time not saying Obiden in the prep sessions, which is how they came up with Palin greeting Biden as Joe, his first name.

by Pravin 2010-02-08 02:20PM | 0 recs
Dumb, dumber, Palin

I can't believe that this woman,"Africa is a country", has still so many followers. Brainless people?

by Jimmy08 2010-02-11 03:58AM | 0 recs

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