This is the moment that should be unsettling for Sarah Palin’s biggest fans. Sure, it’s a little goofy that she wrote crib notes on her hand for an appearance at the Tea Party Convention, but put that aside for a second: it’s what she wrote. Not specific, hard-to-remember lines. Not little notes to acknowledge minor local celebrities or political figures in the audience. No – she wrote the very most general and abstract concepts in contemporary political life: “Energy”. “Budget cuts”. “Tax”. “Lift American spirits”.
President of the United States is the most complicated and weighty job on the planet. Sarah Palin needed notes to remind herself of her most basic political beliefs. It makes you wonder: does she really want to be president? If she’s not interested in enough in energy to remember to talk about it without tattooing her hand, how in the world is she going to summon the interest and curiosity and devotion to actually get into the nitty-gritty and develop energy policy?