I realize that I'm pretty late on this one, but I haven't really had the time or motivation to write over the last few days. I probably also won't say anything that hasn't already been said, but I promise that these thoughts are my own, even though many others have reached the same conclusions independently of me.
For starters, if you've been living in a cave, then you might not have heard about how Sarah Palin wrote notes on her hand for her appearance at the Tea Party rally. Obviously, she's been getting a lot of grief from the usual sources. I know that I certainly guffawed when I first heard about it, but in all honesty, I went on and thought some more about it, and as I thought more about it, it just got dumber and dumber. In fact, it has multiple layers of stupidity.
Level One - Palin was criticizing Obama for using a teleprompter. Now, her fans have defended her on this point, and they actually have a point. There is a big difference between reading something word-for-word and just having a few notes in front of you. You certainly need to have another level of talent to pull the latter off. However, the reason why she's still dumb is because she'd criticize him for using a teleprompter in any context. Hasn't pretty much every President used a teleprompter? You want to tell me that Bush didn't? What's wrong with doing it in the first place? Yeah, I agree with her fans that it doesn't make her a hypocrite, but it's still a stupid thing for her to mock in the first place.
Level Two - She wrote on her hand. What is she? In third grade? Ever hear of note cards?
Level Three - The content of what she wrote is moronic. If I remember correctly, she wrote "energy," "budget cuts," and "lift American spirits". Oh, and the "budget" was crossed out and replaced with "tax". Seriously? Are these talking points really so hard to remember? I wouldn't fault her if she had some precise facts and figures. After all, I'm bad with numbers myself. However, I'm not even a right-wing carny like she is, and I could have gone in there and winged it with those points.
Level Four - From what I understand, she didn't even use those notes for her speeches. She used it when she was being interviewed! By a supporter! Keep in mind, this was the same woman who said "all of them" when asked both what magazines she read and which founding fathers were her favorite.
Am I harping on the same crap that pretty much every other left-leaning person is? Yes. But I also have the same complaints about the common cold that everybody else does. We keep making these complaints and observations because just as one can only conclude that the common cold is unpleasant, one can only conclude that this woman is an idiot.
(And I know that's a picture of Tina Fey up there. No way am I putting a photo of Sarah Palin on my blog.)