Fox News: Palin’s Palm Reading ‘Folksy’ Master Plan
February 8, 2010
(ChattahBox)—As reported over the weekend, during a question and answer session after Sarah Palin’s Tea Party Convention speech, with pre-screened, very basic policy questions, Palin was caught sneaking a peak at crib notes scribbled on her left hand. And the notes were hardly the secret code to tea party dogma, but were broad themes that Palin has been parroting for over a year. Why the half-term governor of Alaska would not only need to write something like energy and tax cuts on her hand, but would also need to look at them, before responding to questions, has been attributed to Palin’s lack of intelligence, stupidity, or as Hardball’s Chris Mathews put it, Palin’s “balloon head.” You can take your pick.
But the dim-witted folks at Fox and Friends came up with their own explanations for Palin’s use of a cheating technique reserved to eight-graders taking a math test. And according to Gretchen Carlson’s explanation, it was a master plan to draw a “folksy” counterpoint to President Obama’s use of a teleprompter.
That’s right, the bubbly blond Fox co-host Carlson believes that Fox News contributor Palin wrote the notes on her hand “on purpose,” as part of a very clever master plan:
CARLSON: “I think she did it on purpose. I think she did it on purpose, yeah. Because it’s an exact opposite of reading off the teleprompter with a script written for you with every word in a sentence and here’s she’s just taking crib notes on her hand. It makes her look like she can just talk off the cuff and she just jotted down a few couple notes before she went out to give a big long speech.”
And Brian Kilmeade, who once said that the U.S. is not “pure” like Sweden, because Americans “keep marrying other species and other ethnics,” declared that Palin’s sweaty palm crib notes was super folksy:
KILMEADE: “Why doesn’t she just — there’s nothing wrong if she had a card. Just jot a card down. Energy, taxes, hope, whatever it is. But, and then no one has problems looking down. But to sit there and do the interview and look down at her hand, I think that is — like you said before Gretchen — folksy, absolutely, down-to-earth, I can identify. But if you’re going to write on your hand, why don’t you just say staffer, hand me a card. And then it would have been okay.”
Source: Think Progress