Video: Feinstein used hand notes in 1990

posted at 1:05 pm on February 13, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Fox News reports that the political history of writing notes on one’s hand shockingly didn’t start with Sarah Palin in 2010. Twenty years before, Dianne Feinstein used it in a televised debate — despite its rules prohibiting the use of notes. Steve Doocy points out that Palin was just giving a speech, where the use of notes is somewhat expected (via Story Balloon, The Blog Prof, and PoliJam):

Honestly, this kerfuffle has me entirely perplexed. Who doesn’t know someone who routinely jots down notes on their hand? In my earlier career, I worked with several people who used this habit, including one of my key direct reports, perhaps one of the most competent people with whom I ever worked. In my mind, having someone at the podium that can speak at length more or less extemporaneously while working from a small set of notes indicates more poise, presence, and preparation than reading a prepared text word for word, although there’s nothing wrong with the latter approach, either. If Palin’s opponents are exerting themselves over the placement of the notes, it tends to indicate that they have no real substantive rebuttal to her speech.

Before the clip gets there, though, listen to what Dana Perino points out about the effectiveness of humor by the White House. I completely agree that we need a sense of humor, but that self-deprecating humor goes a long way to establishing rapport with people, while nasty snark aimed at one’s opponents winds up making the White House look petty.


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“Sarah Palin wrote on her hand! Ewwwww!

Only incredibly “common” people do that!

Oh! Let’s all go tell on her!

Sure the common people will now believe what we’ve been saying about her all along!!”

LOL … that’s the way they think.

Meanwhile – put another star on Wonder Woman’s costume.

HondaV65 on February 14, 2010 at 3:47 PM

I can’t believe the lefty trolls can say a word. Where have they been the last few decades when they control the main media. Their beloved media will not print any errors or gaffees that their politicans make. Its only the other media that bothers to report their mistakes. I wonder what it would be like if the whole MSM was conservative and had a slant on it all? Oh yeah the conservatives have Fox but itsn’t that like a token? Even if people use notes its what their views are that is important and whether its conveyed to the audience.

garydt on February 14, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Heck, if Obama didn’t have his teleprompters, his hands would look like encyclopedia britannica.

olesparkie on February 15, 2010 at 7:47 AM

Obama has to use a teleprompter to address a kindergarten class.
Palin puts a few notes on her hand to help with a major speech.

Given these two examples, which will the MSM declare to be the idiot?

MarkTheGreat on February 15, 2010 at 10:49 AM

DI-FI is a CHEATER!!!

ihasurnominashun on February 15, 2010 at 2:39 PM

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