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The week in review in quotes

The hell that was the Friday evening commute gave me time to ponder what was said or written over the last week that shouldn't be overlooked or forgotten. (Mind you, I walked.)

Nate Silver of on Sarah Palin's palm card:

Sarah Palin's hand

Is it a big deal that Palin wrote some notes on her hand? No, not really. Lots of politicians carry notes with them (if not, as in Palin's case, literally on them). If this were Mitt Romney, it wouldn't have been a particularly big story. Nevertheless, politics is inherently contextual, and this was something that was bound to play into every negative caricature of Mrs. Palin. Somebody needed to take Palin aside and tell her: Honey, this is going to make you look ridiculous. Can't you write on a notecard instead?

Dr. Dorothy Height
, the 97-year-old chairwoman of the National Council of Negro Women who has advised every president since FDR, on the expectation that Barack Obama, as the nation's first black president, should focus on black issues:

We have never sat down and said to the 43 other presidents: ‘How does it feel to be a Caucasian? How do you feel as a white president? Tell me what that means to you.’ I am not one to think that he should do more for his people than for other people. I want him to be free to be himself.

New York Gov. David Paterson (D) on the swirl of unfounded allegations last week that were rumored to force him from office:

The only way I'm not going to be governor next year is at the ballot box and the only way I'm leaving before that is in a box.

Clifford Levy of the New York Times penned a piece on Russia's view of Washington's reaction to SnowMGgeddonpocalypse. The teaser headline on the front of the Week in Review, which you will only see in the print edition, summed up my sentiments perfectly:

From Russia, with scorn: Shut up and shovel.

With more snow rumored to be on the way, I hope folks take that admonition to heart.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 14, 2010; 9:23 AM ET
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I think Palin's crib notes ARE a big deal, and here's why:

1) These were her TOP THREE priorities that she thought the GOP should focus on. She can't remember HER OWN TOP THREE priorities?? She can't take the time to know her own material?

2) As you say: Honey, that is going to make you look ridiculous. And it did.

3) Energy is a good priority. Tax cuts are NOT a good priority (Anyone notice the national debt lately? Wanna maintain some sovereignty? Stop selling the US to creditors). And "Lift American spirits" is hardly a good priority for a major party. How about: End the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Promote economic recovery? Reform our failing education system? Reform our failing health care system? Rebuild our crumbling infrastructure? Any of these would have been more practical and noble to include in the top three priorities.

Posted by: Lila1 | February 14, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Listen, Capehart, where's your article about Diane Fienstein's writings on HER hand? You are not a journalist, your a democrat party hack!

Posted by: prossers7 | February 15, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

I thought that what made it a big deal regarding Pali's hand notes was that she made a point of berating Obama for using a teleprompter. If she did use writtne notes on cards it would expose her hypocrisy, and the fact that she tried to hied the notes on her hand shows she knew that, compounding the hypocrisy.

I agree with the other points as well, jut adding mine.

Posted by: wtjoyce1956 | February 15, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

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