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During the election in 2008, in some dailykos (possible) live-blog that was probably on the rec-list, while i was following the comments i distinctly remember a small handful of kossacks saying Palin was looking down at her hand a few times during an interview with (probably?) Katie Couric, some going so far as to accuse her of cheating like she did in her recent tea-party speech.. (The interview that Tina Fey parodied... It could be another interview. I think she was either wearing red or pink during that interview.)

Unfortunately, at that time, no one saw the words on her hand because the camera wasn't at an angle to catch it, as far as i remember, but also no one was actively looking for such an absurd thing.  There was no real proof, back then when the accusations were being made here by a couple of people, and her looking down at her hand during the interview was not that noticeable, as i recall.

Also I can't find this diary where i remember seeing these accusations, but...


  1. I'm absolutely certain that I saw this conversation happening on Dailykos in 2008, by a small group of sharp-eyed commenters during some live-blog.  Meaning she most likely cribbed notes on her hand during the 2008 election.
  1. Since cribbing notes happens to be something she does regularly (like lying), there must be other photographs or video where the scrawls on her hand just went unnoticed. Not only in the 2008 election, but possibly in her previous career as Wasilla mayor or AK Governor. As i recall, her opponents accused of her being a know-nothing random talking-point generator then as well.

Anyway, something to look into, no?  I know it was over a year ago, but if anyone remembers the particular diary that mentioned this please put them in the comments section.

UPDATE commenter "Lost and Found" has found the interview and diary:

Diaried Sept 25, 2008: by Mark Warner is God
"Sarah Palin used cliff's notes!!! NEW CBS segment"

Check out Sarah Palin looking at her notes as she forgets talking points during the Couric interview segment airing tonight.

She looks down three times late in the segment and appears to be reading.

Some sharp observations from that diary's comments:

"dotser" writes:

she's got something she's checking in her lap---- (8+ / 0-)
some kind of cheat sheet on paper or written on her hands----with talking points---which don't fit with the question and make you go "huh?"---or maybe just admiring a new diamond moose ring from the First Dude.

"kat68" responds:

A list of buzzwords, I suspect (7+ / 0-)
Notice how she gives the same rote answer word for word on the follow-ups.

"sarea" writes:

Nah they were written on her hand ;) (12+ / 0-)
Like any good sophomoric cheat-sheet.  

I would hope that Katie would mention in her commentary if Palin had been so obvious as to have notes in her lap.

****** This begs the question, did Katie Couric know?  And why didn't she say anything? What preconditions did CBS and Katie Couric agree to in order to get the 1st interview? Easy questions and... notecard/palm cheat sheets?  ******

"Great Lakes Gal" asks:

I wouldn't be surprised if her having notes (4+ / 0-)
was a stipulation of granting CBS the interview.  It really does appear that she is reading.  For Couric, that is not a big deal, she should have a list of her questions there.  But for Palin, to have a crib sheet to help her answer questions, well, that is just unacceptable.  

If this was part of the interview deal, I think CBS should totally come clean.  B/c if she does have notes and still sucks so bad, that is just unbelievable.  At least McCain can use his little notecards and still give a somewhat believable, coherent delivery, most times.

Again, this probably isn't the only instance, so be on the lookout!

Originally posted to lizard people on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 10:33 AM PST.

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