Tonight, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin spoke to the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville, TN, an event that was ditched by other high-profile Republicans who disliked its for-profit model. After her speech, organizer Judson Phillips asked Palin several questions. One of them was about what needs to be done when there is a “conservative House and a conservative Senate.” Palin jumped right in and said, “We’ve got to rein in the spending, obviously.” However, she then seemed to forget her next talking point and glanced down at her left hand, as if there were notes she had scribbled down. She went on to talk about “energy projects.”
Oliver Willis points out that during this same speech, she referred to Obama as "the guy with the teleprompter."
Really, I don't care that Sarah Palin read notes off her hand. So her ideas aren't logical, consistent and coherent enough to answer a question without prompting - is this news to anyone who's paying attention?
But it's the continued hypocrisy of conservative figures that irks me. I mean, she's disparaging Obama's teleprompter use in the same speech in which she's using cheat notes? Does her brain even have the function that would note that as a contradiction?
The real problem isn't that conservatives are hypocrites. It's that they're such shameless, proud hypocrites - and that they're so willing to exploit worried Americans who can't figure that out.