And so the 24/7 media jumps into the fray. Some images of Sarah Palin at the Tea Party Convention have now emerged that she probably wishes didn’t and some others that won’t spark debate but, rather, provide more context for the environment in which she made her speech.
THE FIRST GROUP qualifies a bit of an eyebrow raiser. Did Palin have crib notes on her hand? It looks that way. GO HERE.
So does this mean those who keep using the Obama teleprompter line will ignore yet another politician who seemingly needs to be promopted? Answer: You can go to Vegas and bet on it.
But the REALITY IS: both Obama and Palin know most of what they’re going to say and it is not a sin to use a teleprompter or use crib notes. And those who criticize them know that as well. (The late Bob Hope in his later years reportedly would have cue cards when he gave a short monologue at a party.) This whole “issue” is an attempt to denegrate someone who is of a different party. (The Obama narrative is now a tired cliche after his widely praised performance before House GOPers that was on live TV). Will Palin still use the teleprompter line, along with her supporters? You betcha. Such is the nature of political “discussion” that sarcasm and ridicule in speeches is at a premium, even if it is a bunch of this.
is not controversial. It’s a group of photos by Glenn Reynolds aka InstaPundit behind the scenes during Palin’s appearance.
Joe Gandelman is a former fulltime journalist who freelanced in India, Spain, Bangladesh and Cypress writing for publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek. He also did radio reports from Madrid for NPR’s All Things Considered. He has worked on two U.S. newspapers and quit the news biz in 1990 to go into entertainment. He also has written for The Week and several online publications, did a column for Cagle Cartoons Syndicate and has appeared on CNN.