This is all they’ve got — and they don’t even have it.
Think Progress reports that Mitt Romney’s speech at the NAACP this morning was a failure:
“The crowd booed Romney when he called for the full repeal of Obamacare and audibly laughed when he suggested he would be a better president than Obama for the African-American community. Also notable was what was left unsaid. Romney failed to address voting rights, which is a major theme of this NAACP gathering. ThinkProgress was on the scene and talked to some NAACP members after Romney’s speech to get their thoughts. James Waters said some of Romney’s comments were “patronizing,” while Joe Brown argued that Romney “made a serious misjudgment relating to the health care reform.” Allytra Perryman went even further: “I don’t think he has any way to even remotely relate to the everyday citizen, let alone African-American citizens.””
Every time Romney reads a quotation off the teleprompter, he finishes it by saying "End of quote."—
Molly Ball (@mollyesque) July 11, 2012
He also told the crowd he’d repeal “Obamacare” and was justifiably booed for that remark:
Keep going, Mitt — you’re doing great!
As recently as this past April, Palin was still taking cracks at Obama and teleprompters on her Facebook page (no mention of hand notes). This is called the “people in glass houses” lesson:
March 19, 2007
Palin’s hostility toward the use of teleprompters didn’t fit within her world back in 2007. When Calgary’s “Energy TV” called up looking to interview Palin, Palin communications aide Meg Stapleton wrote to staff:
Energy TV would like an interview with the Governor and I thought this Wednesday might work – the questions are below . What we need to do is simply book the Governor’s time, provide the answers to the questions below, use the prompter and have her look to the side and answer the questions for use by the TV station. I just need help on the answers . It needs to be very conversationally written . Needs to be on 3:30pm Governor’s feed Wednesday – could record according to Governor ‘s schedule on Wednesday morning and would need answers by tomorrow. Possible?
Palin recalled that she had a “long cabinet meeting” scheduled for the same time they had allotted to shoot her side of the interview. Stapleton replied:
We’re working around that. Joe Balash is crafting the answers right now , Sharon will ask the questions, we will have the answers in a teleprompter, and then send those answers over the satellite tomorrow afternoon . It shouldn’t take long , once we have the answers. Expect them tonight.
You’re awesome.You’re all awesome.
Teleprompters! Seriously, they are just a useful tool that politicians should use. Much preferable to the palm of one’s hand. — Jason Linkins
Teleprompters are also much preferable to the completely boneheaded word salad Palin vomited about Paul Revere’s ride in response to the “gotcha” question: “What have you seen so far today, and what are you going to take away from your visit?”
No wonder she only does Fox “News” interviews — they give her the questions ahead of time so someone else can plan what she’ll say.
“The narcissism required, on a day the nation is commemorating the Arizona shooting victims, to put her own sense of victimhood front and center, is stunning. The “blood libel” idiocy may be the worst of it, especially given that Giffords herself is Jewish. But that’s not the only thing wrong with her performance. Hilariously, after all the times she’s mocked President Obama for using a teleprompter, you can see a teleprompter screen reflected in her eyeglasses throughout much of her Facebook chat. Seeing the flickering teleprompter in her eyes is eerie; it’s where some flicker of her soul should be, but you don’t see any. Looking into Palin’s eyes, you see a blazing, self-pitying anger that’s shocking, even for the self-described “pit bull in lipstick.“
That would be a great name for a line of Sarah Palin perfumes.
Here’s Sarah Palin, who mocks Barack Obama for using a teleprompter (while reading notes written on the palm of her hand), carefully reading almost every word of her speech in Phoenix from, yes, a teleprompter. Which would not be a problem, of course, except for the acrid reek of hypocrisy. ~ Little Green Footballs
And a recent delightful comment from the former half-term governor:
“Bambi’s mother is dinner — even in L.A.” ~ Sarah Palin, NRA convention, Charlotte, NC