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Talk To The Hand?

Monday, Feb. 08, 2010 4:04 AM

Though I'm not much of a football fan, I caught the last half of the Saints-Colts showdown. New Orleans' quarterback Drew Brees was in top form, playing (and throwing) a nice, tight game, while the Colts' Peyton Manning seemed to grow more frustrated as the game went on, working the long ball and throwing a string of incomplete passes.

And while the Saints gained a couple of points on a call that was overturned on review (giving them a 2-point conversion), the decision was quickly rendered irrelevant when the Saints intecepted a pass and took it for a touchdown.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin made an appearance at a convention of Tea Party types, and took dumb to a new level by getting caught on camera with crib notes scribbled on her palm.

But! But! Obama uses a teleprompter! Nyah! Palin adherents insist.

Except the teleprompter is not indicative of intelligence nor a true measure of memory; it is a device that enhances the speaker's ability to make eye contact with their audience.

Palin is seen consulting her 'notes' during her a Q&A session. Which suggests either an inability to remember the basic themes of her presentation, or that the notes were a prepared answer for a planted question.

Both feed into the image of Sarah Palin as an astoundingly stupid woman (as opposed to someone who is simply uncomfortable at extemporaneous speech). She can't remember the names of newspapers or magazines. She never learned what the vice president does. She can't remember any of the names of the founding fathers (Glenn Beck suggested George Washington, who, while leading our forces in the Revolutionary War, participating in the constitutional process, and becoming our first president, was not involved in the Declaration of Independence.)

And now, she can't remember tax cuts, energy independence, and a pro-America theme. It's not like any of these issues are far from the minds of voters, especially the Tea Party crowds to whom she was speaking.

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