Palin's 'Hillbilly Palm Pilot' ridiculed by her critics
Published 10/02/2010 | 05:00
SARAH Palin is facing fresh doubts about her readiness for high office after being caught reading crib notes scrawled on her hand to prompt her on the core principles of conservatism.
Video footage showed Mrs Palin glancing down at the palm of her left hand -- on which the words "energy", "budget cuts", "tax" and "lift American spirits" had been written in ink -- during a question-and-answer session at the grassroots Tea Party convention last week. The word "budget" had been crossed out.
Mrs Palin's detractors have ridiculed the crib notes -- already being called the "Hillbilly Palm Pilot" -- noting that basic conservative principles are something she should surely know like the back of her hand.
Minutes before she used the notes she had castigated President Obama in a prepared speech as a "charismatic guy with a teleprompter". As John McCain's running-mate in 2008, Mrs Palin struggled in interviews when asked about current events and world affairs -- a lack of knowledge that hurt the Republican ticket.
In 'Race of a Lifetime', a book about the 2008 campaign, former aides to Mr McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, described how Mrs Palin said she absorbed information best from 5in x 7in index cards.
In typical Palin fashion, she has taken the latest criticism -- almost all of which has come from the Left -- head-on and has begun to mock it as a controversy stirred up by one of her favourite targets -- the "liberal news media". Campaigning with Rick Perry, the Texas governor, after pictures emerged of her hand notes, she waved to a crowd with "Hi Mom" scrawled on her palm. (© The Times, London)