“Who Cares?” of the Day: Sarah Palin Uses Notes02.09.10
During Sarah Palin’s speech to the Tea Party Convention, it became clear that she was using notes scribbled on the palm of her hand much like an 8th-grader cheating on a test. Despite her rudimentary method (note cards would’ve been cleaner), the only reason this is receiving such news coverage is because Palin herself lambasted Obama on Fox News over his use of a TelePrompter. Apparently one cannot be an effective leader if one uses notes or a typed out speech to address the nation; but, reading notes from your own hand is okay. Her hypocrisy knows no bounds.
Regardless, I think both sides are ridiculous for even giving this issue any weight. The Republicans really have no room to talk to defend Palin on this issue, even though they will and they have. Of course the Democrats are going to slam Palin for her palm notes. Why wouldn’t they after having to defend Obama’s TelePrompter usage? But when it comes down to it, it’s such a non-issue. The fact that Obama and Palin both use crutches for their speeches or Q-and-A sessions is irrelevant.
What people should be more focused on instead is the content of what they’re saying. It’s a waste of energy to be diverted into this back-and-forth argument over whose use of notes was more unbecoming of a politician when the real issue is what policies they are promoting and what their plans are for our nation. Once again, both parties and the MSM play into this political theater and the substance of Palin’s speech and answers get lost in the din. And, to me, that’s what will really affect America if she ends up being the GOP nominee for president in 2012. Not if she happens to keep notes for her talking points.