February 13, 2010
By John Smart
Ridiculous Republican attacks on President Obama for using a TelePrompTer are coming home to bite them. Poor "Silly Sarah" was even reduced to writing notes on the palm of her hand, so she wouldn't get caught using the modern method of delivering a speech without losing eye-contact with her audience of tea-baggers.
I wonder how far the GOP is willing to take this refutation of the wonders of technology? Are we going to hear Mitch McConnell say that his speeches were not composed on a computer, but rather were written in script on the back of a shovel, using a piece of charcoal? (Somebody else used that method in Kentucky back when Senator McConnell was a mere scrap of a lad!) I suppose that John Boehner scribbles his on note cards while basking in his tanning bed.
It might have some good results. Eventually, Rush Limbaugh may renounce that "newfangled" network radio and go back to using a cat's whisker and a crystal set - or a megaphone.
It must really gall those people that Barack Obama is so obviously intelligent and speaks so well. "Well, he's just reading it off a screen!" Yeah, right.
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Further liberal analysis may prove prophetic. (See New Yok Times op-ed columnist Frank Rich's Feb. 13 article: "Palin's Cunning Sleight of Hand" ) After the tea party address she was much more obviously reading from her pretty little paw during a fox snooze interview. If a person DVRed with a machine allowing one to enlarge the image you could read her inane talking points as Comedy Channel did for last week's Daily Show.
The New York Times can document her falling poll ratings but the tea party movement may be the real threat to decent representation in the next Congress and Palin's palm reading could indeed be a shrewd move to enlarge this faux progressive deception.
-Jim Limbach | Stevens Point, Wisconsin | February 15, 2010