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Gotta hand it to Sarah Palin

During her 40-or-so-minute, $100,000 address to the Tea Party convention, Sarah Palin bemoaned the fact that President Obama spent "about 9 percent" of his State of the Union speech on national security. Well, she spent even less time putting forth solid ideas.

To be fair, not everything the former Alaska governor said was unreasonable. She made a good point when she said she couldn't support a second stimulus (now known as the jobs bill) "when we don't know how effective the first one has been." Channeling the anger at Wall Street that isn't limited to tea partiers, she asked, "Where are the consequences for getting us into this mess?" Palin's persistent push to "jumpstart these energy projects," such as nuclear and off-shore drilling, is necessary to meet America's insatiable need for energy. And her concern about the growing national debt is well-placed, even if her remedy for bringing it under control wouldn't stand up to closer scrutiny.

Still, this notion that the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee has a credible shot at becoming president of the United States is beyond irritating. I know we have to pay attention to her because we're moths to her flame. But she proves time and time again why, despite having the raw talent, she's not prepared for the hard work it takes to be on and stay on the national political stage. Take, for example, her interview with Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace.

When Wallace asked her if she's "more knowledgeable about domestic and foreign affairs now" than two years ago, Palin said, "Well, I would hope so....I sure as heck better be more astute on these current events, national issues than I was two years ago." That's more of an assertion of hope than a statement of fact, calculated to ensure she doesn't close the door on running for president, if not to convince most Americans that she's qualified. That does wonders for maintaining attention, book sales and speaking fees. With all those mouths to feed, I don't blame her trying to get as much money as she can to secure her family's financial future.

Sarah Palin's hand

And then Wallace asked Palin what role she wanted to play in the country's future, whether she ran or not. After saying she wanted to be a good mom, Palin said, "I do want to be a voice for some common-sense solutions....I want to speak up for the American people and say, no, we really do have some good common-sense solutions. I can be a messenger for that."

So far, aside from offshore and nuclear, those common-sense solutions she says she would be the voice for are nowhere to be found -- not even in the palm of her hand.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 8, 2010; 1:13 PM ET
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Capehart, you give her too little credit.

Name a politician who has cut a billion $ budget by 10%. Who has fired under-performing staff. Who has disposed of millions of personal entitlements (private jet, chauffeur, and cook)

Obama ? Pelosi ? There is not one.. except Sarah Palin.

Posted by: pvilso24 | February 8, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse


Palin, Obama treated as equals. “Over [the] weekend the losing candidate for Vice President was, for all intents and purposes, treated as the political equal of the President of the United States. This, if you are in the political shop at the White House, is not good.”

Yup... massive cable and major frontpage newspaper coverage..most of it flattering.
240 journalists - including European press - show up for her Tea Party speech. The White House cannot be happy.

Posted by: pvilso24 | February 8, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Fox has Palin in President Training. That's what that job at Fox is all about. They are attempting to create a President to go with the movement they created.

This job gives her experience talking about the issues, being interviewed, thinking on her feet. All in a safe, friendly environment. Meanwhile she gains credibility and her swooning supporters draft her as the only person who can "save" their America.

Soon the MSM will be lauding her as a viable candidate who has overcome her lack of knowledge in 2008.

Can you imagine if Fox succeeds and becomes the puppeteer (along with Kristol et al) of a President Palin?

Posted by: FauxReal | February 8, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Palin is crazy like a fox. She has found a perfect niche. As a foil to Obama she can say what she wants to say, use whatever facts please her (or make some up), travel the country and the world, and get paid huge bucks. I think she-more than anyone-hopes for 7 more years of Obama!!

Posted by: dcharles1 | February 8, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Also about that knowledge she's gaining, check this profile on her from the NY Times (after you get beyond the Superwoman paragraphs).

Randy Scheunemann is still advising her and she has daily briefings on issues from some of those inside the beltway types.

Posted by: FauxReal | February 8, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The "not even in the palm of her hand" comment ranks right up there with Andrea Mitchel's mocking. Apparently, a teleprompter is "okay" -- especially when we, the taxpayers, are paying for it. Can we assume that there will be sequel, to cover the "Hi Mom" message from Texas?

And why, after having read "Jonathan's" custieness, did I really not have to look at his picture to partly explain why, naturally, he is a devoted follower of "The One?"

Posted by: MNConservative | February 8, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

She does have an appeal, and it is scary. If a politician gave a speech in the style of FDR or even JFK, few in this country would be intelligent enough to get what was being said. She plays directly to this crowd.

We live in an age where politicans are expected to have malapropisms so we can laugh. And it is funny if you're into black humor (or lack the intelligence to know black humor when you see it). Laugh on, for these are dark times for politics and reason.

Posted by: joshlct | February 8, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

It just goes to show you how lazy, stupid, and greedy, Palin is. The dozy tart needed reminders about her main platform talking points so much that she had to use one hand as a scrib sheet? In front of an "adoring" crowd? When she had the scipted questions before - hand?

I don't think we have to worry about that thing becoming President of the US: the position needs too much work. She'll quit in no time. Palin is not about "doing"; she's all about "being".

Posted by: Gatsby10 | February 8, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Would that a couple of years of cramming on topical issues fill the cavernous void resulting from a lifetime of disinterest in academic or intellectual pursuits. On the other hand, that means that in a couple of years, I can attain "expert" status on just about any discipline of my choosing. You betch, watch out genetic engineers.

Posted by: rbrent516 | February 8, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

The question is "What happens with Obama if he does not have is teleprompter in from of him?" He tends to forget his talking points and gets off script quite easy.

Posted by: sales7 | February 8, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

So she is a candidate w/o solid ideas??

Are you saying then that she should be running as a democrat? As I recall, that was how the last guy was elected. But, apparently you believe that a woman must be required to provide analytic papers before hitting the campaign trail. Unlike Mr. "Yes we can!" who has turned into Mr. "Well I thought we could."

CApehart, hold the man to the same standard as you do women and maybe we wouldn't have had been left with the guy now in office.

Posted by: familynet | February 8, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

BTW, I would rather have a politician who writes notes on her hand then one cemented to his teleprompters or having his office lackeys issue, "what he really meant to say was..." statements after the fact. Apparently that does not offend the media, but writing on your hand is soooo offensive!

Posted by: familynet | February 8, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Where is the source for all this nonsense about Obama and tele-prompters? He is articulate, and very well informed and when he met the Republicans at their retreat recently, he ate their lunch. When has anyone heard or seen him trip over his tongue like Palin does in virtually every interview and speech she gives? The source for this idiotic rumor is the usual nebulous 'heard it on the news' mostly from people who wouldn't know news if if bit them on their buttocks. Bottom-line:Palin is over her head when confronted with questions even of a simple nature. True deer-in-the-headlights.

Posted by: wilsonjmichael | February 8, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Dear God...what does it say about the Alaskan public school system that this woman was given a high school diploma? Has she never had to present a defensible argument? Would somebody please help her by telling her to shut her pie hole?

Sadly, the line of brain deads behind her are a bigger threat to us than anything al qaeda could ever muster.

God I miss the real GOP.

Posted by: mmax | February 8, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Capehart? I thought you were going to open a young men who love obama TOOO much,
support group?
keep supplementing your protien intake.

Posted by: simonsays1 | February 8, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Bush presided over the worst terrorist attack in U.S. History (even after Aug 6 memo warning). Also in charge during anthrax attack.

Bush destroyed the U.S. economy; barely avoiding a 2nd great depression.

Bush took his eye off the ball, which allowed OBL to escape from Tora Bora.

Bush invaded Iraq.

Bush = $4.35 per gallon of gas.

Bush looked into Putin's eyes and saw his soul (while Putin played him like a fiddle).

Bush allowed Israel to attack Gaza, at will. Violence has greatly decreased since 1/20/2009.

Mr. Obama uses a teleprompter, which makes him a bad president.

That is the retarded (in a satirical way) logic of the republicans.

Posted by: ginabw | February 8, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Were Repubicans so technologically challenged prior to President Obama that they have never seen a pubic speaker, including former Republican presidents, use a teleprompter?

Exactly what is the difference between reading your speech (or parts of it) from a piece of paper or from a teleprompter?

Anyway, from what I've read there was a teleprompter embedded in Palin's lectern. That's why she seemed rushed at times so she could keep up with the scrolling text.
But maybe I'm wrong and she was just reading from a piece of paper (and her hand).

Posted by: FauxReal | February 8, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

She has had a lifetime to "burnish" her credentials. Isn't a tad late to be playing catch-up, considering that she was running for an office that would have made her the second most powerful person on the earth? She should just stick to her palm reading and political talking point bullets. Therein her legacy as a political/celebrity entertainer is safe - and so is the country.

Posted by: rbrent516 | February 9, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

There is nothing wrong with having notes to help one during a speech, or Q&A.

However it is the height of hypocrisy for her to complain about others or belittle them for doing so when Palin is doing it herself,in such an infantile mannerr.

That woman keeps going to new lows almost every time she opens her mouth. It is astonishing that many Americans would ientify themselves with someone like her. It is as if they are admitting, even proud, of being as ill-educated and hypocritical as her when it comes to politics.

Posted by: Theotherview | February 9, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Let's see, she jot a few reminders on her palm for a speech. The MSM didn't mention she did not use a teleprompter for that speech. Odumbo reads a teleprompter, can't pronounce corpsman, duh. I keep hearing from the chattering class on how smart "the one" is while how stupid Palin is. Nice try MSM, the people are not fooled this time. Jeez Louise, Odumbo can't talk to 6th graders without a teleprompter . The emperor has no clothes and the people know it!

Posted by: elcigaro1 | February 9, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

The key to understanding Palin and her appeal is to look at her just as she is now, because she's not going to change or learn a single thing more.

Palin supporters are the sort of people who know they don't know anything and think that's just fine. After all, we're number 1, USA USA, and that's all there is to it there. They love Palin because she is exactly the same way, unable to think coherently at all.

So if Palin has any political sense, you won't see anything beyond what you saw at the Tea Party con. Even if she becomes president somehow, she won't try to change her MO. She makes it work for her and that's good enough.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | February 9, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

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