Former Alaska half-term governor Sarah Palin delivered a highly-anticipated and ridiculously lucrative speech to around 1,100 supporters at the Tea Party Convention last night, but she couldn't get through it without a few notes scrawled on her hand.
The speech itself was predictable. There were things to excite her supporters ("America is ready for another revolution!") and things to annoy her detractors ("To win that war, we need a commander in chief, not a professor of law."; "How's that hopey-changey thing workin' out for you?"). There was nothing weird about it, which was the weird thing.
But then at the Q&A session after her speech, the weird arrived. Palin glanced down at her hand during an answer and it became clear that she had notes written on it (the words "energy", "budget cuts", "tax" and "lift American spirits"). Oh brother.
Ok, so writing notes on your hand isn't the most ridiculous thing a national political figure and probable presidential candidate could do. In fact, in Palin's case it shows that she is able to learn from the past. (What's worse than being caught with talking points written on your hand? Having another Katie Couric moment.) Still, this is pretty embarrassing.
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