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I was too busy tapping away at my laptop to notice this little high-school trick. Having mocked president Obama for using a TelePrompter - not long after he made mincemeat of Republicans with no such TelePrompter at their retreat - she had to scribble down her priorities as president on her palm for the truly tough-as-nails Q and A she had to endure for ten minutes or so last night.

Written on her hand:

  • "Energy"
  • "Budget [crossed out] (Cuts)"
  • "Tax"
  • "Lift American spirits"
  • My favorite detail is "[Budget] Cuts". Which just about sums up the real Tea Party agenda on spending. But it also suggests that she was told in advance of the questions she would be asked, one of which was what would be you priorities if you were elected president? Now think about this: she had to write on her hand her priorities as president.

    I stand by my belief that none of this matters to the people who support her, and that she remains a very potent, content-free and destructive force in American politics.

    But remember too that even before her Glenn Beck interview, she was furiously Googling the Empire State Building in case she was asked any obvious universally known facts about it, and before her debate with Biden, she was buried in little post-card notes on factual basics that most Americans know - but she, of course, didn't.

    My live-blogging of this riveting event - and a brilliantly delivered speech full of nothing but slogans, pandering and zero policy specifics - can be read here, here and here.