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February 7, 2010

Sarah’s Scribbles (Continued)


If you’re trying to understand what you’re seeing in the photos above, from Sarah’s softball interview on-stage at the Tea Party convention, the answer — which also characterizes most of Sarah Palin’s public behavior — is: “anxiety and indecision.”

If you recall The BAG’s analysis of Palin’s City Council doodles and how she got herself through the Biden debate, our conclusion was that:

Sara approaches most extemporaneous speaking by either a.) avoiding it altogether, b.) having everything written out in advance, or c.) relying on rote memory, and scripting as much as possible on-the-spot.

Beyond the fact Palin felt the need to write out the 3 key points to a simple question she was likely expecting in the first place, what is even more interesting is that, even at this reduced and final level of notation, she’s still crossing out and revising what you’d expect, once it got to her palm, was the final, final draft.

As you can see, “Energy” is the first bullet and “Lift American Spirits” is the last, but the middle bullet point evidently kicked up a beyond last minute spike of uncertainty in Palin’s uncertain mind, earning a major revision (“Budget Cut” being revised to “Cut Tax”) after being transferred to the hand.

Beyond the “cheat sheet” strategy of a nervous adolescent, the second picture offers a written reflection of what likely goes on in Palin’s head when she tries to speak extemporaneously. If you listen to her carefully, you can hear that she never knows exactly where she’s going, the clipped phrases coming out of her mouth continuously broken by awkward silences — moments of indecision in which she’s mentally crossing out and doing a new edit.

(screen shots: Huffington Post. Video clip at Mediaite — bottom of the post)

  • Amir Goy

    Palin and her legions of fans would appear to reflect what the ’success’ of the relentless general ‘dumbing down’ of the US can ‘achieve’… and how this is now being cynically and dangerously exploited.

  • Clem Guttata

    Looking at the close up, I wondering what’s on her left cuff. I can only read part of it… is that a bracelet that says “Track Palin”?

  • Ten Bears

    Where she spread her legs on national television.

  • Gasho

    I hope she runs against Obama in 2012.
    I couldn’t think of two more diametrically opposed speakers – Obama taking on the whole Republican body without notes and schooling them all vs. Palin trying to fumble through a Tea Bagger’s Ball with scribbles on her hand like a poor third grade student doing a book report in front of the class.

  • stevelaudig

    Apologies to Gasho, I am unable to leave any comments except as a reply. I use firefox on a macbook and there seems to be a problem…. But here is my “non-reply” comment.
    I wonder if notes on hands is how she got through school. she seems well-practiced at it. Perhaps we could all start sending her pens that have ink that is non-permanent as a political sendup.

  • thomas

    One of the most difficult facts to bear in mind about Palin is that however dumb, frantic and pushy she truly is, truly is immaterial. She has an instinctive understanding of how power works as well as an unblinking greed for more. It is a mistake to underestimate her.

  • Wordsmith

    thomas, i so agree.
    She’s gotten where she is because she is lovely and only that. She is conniving and shrewd because it’s all about her.

  • Rafael

    Two words: Index Cards.

  • wagonjak

    Love Thom Hartmann’s phrase on Palin’s notes on her palm…Hillbilly Teleprompter.
    Don’t really think this is that big a deal…so many other things about her are more damning….

  • [email protected]

    The best description I have heard of her lately came in the SNL parody of Rahmbo’s “apology to Palin, where he called her a bleeping GIMMICK.
    McCain wanted a gimmick, and got one.

  • Bill

    Wow, “Lift American Spirits” is quite a line, combining optimism, patriotism, and religion in one fell swoop. You can launch wars with phrases like that. Whoever came up with that is quite an evil genius methinks, fully cognizant of Palin’s strengths and abilities. The question is, was it Palin, seeing as how she had to write it on her palm? If not, who? Who are her handlers, her coaches? The same religious magazine editor who wrote her book?

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