If he cannot speak impromptu before a gathering of elementary children how in the world would he have the cajones to stand up to China, Russia and Iran?
Lets see if I follow your logic here. Our President uses a teleprompter to give speeches to elementary school children... therefore we should be concerned about his ability to stand up to other countries with interests that are at odds with America. I'm not even seeing a vague logical relationship here.
Palin is criticized for not having the intellect, and then when she does make some minor preparations, she's further criticized. This is all silly.
As Trieste said, she was criticized for writing on her hand like a fourth grader attempting to cheat on a test. This is childish and amateurish to the extreme. Add in the fact that she was deriding the President for using a teleprompter within the same breath and we have hypocrisy.
And because the notes written on her hand were simplistic one-word descriptions, it should finally be obvious to everyone that her positions lack in deep thought and nuance. I find it absolutely mind-boggling that she needed notes to remind her of the same talking points that she and other conservatives have been rallying against for god knows how long. It isn't like she was trying to remember dates or names of important events, tricky concepts, or hard to spell words. She wrote down, "Energy, Budget cuts (with "budget" crossed out), Tax, Lift American Spirits." This is the same tripe that Republicans have been going on about the entire year; most of it's been a central part of the Republican platform since Reagan. And you seriously think this person is intelligent enough to be the next President of the United States?
The plain truth of all of this is, were she a progressive pro-choice feminist we would not be having this conversation. But because she doesn't fit into the preconceived group-think template of what people thing a woman she be like, she's voraciously and continually attacked. Yeah, that'll raise the hackles of some here I imagine, but only because it is the truth of the matter.
That's every bit as unreasonable as the people who say that Obama is only being attacked because he's black. I'm wondering, to begin with, what qualifies you to judge how everyone who dislikes her thinks? I find that it's incredibly arrogant of you to claim that you understand why we all feel like we do about her when you don't know us at all.
Personally, I respect people who have the courage to stand up for positions that go against what the stereotypical person of their race, class, or religion believes. I love independent thinkers. The reason I dislike Sarah Palin is she has, time and time again, shown that she is a non-thinker. But I'll give you the full list of reasons as to why people dislike Sarah Palin, so that you don't have to keep believing your manufactured truth on the subject.
One, she's a hypocrite. This story is one branch of her self-contradiction tree, but there's so much more where that comes from. Another recently example is the retard controversy with Rahm Emanuel and Rush Limbaugh.
Two, her positions are uninformed and often simply idiotic. She supports abstinence only sex education even though she's seen it fail in her own personal life with her daughter. She's also one of the people credited with starting the "death panels" rumor and as far as I can tell still hasn't backed away from that shining example of political deception.
Three, she's purposely divisive. Her rhetoric about real America and fake America was just despicable. It's a continuation of the same "ivory tower liberalism" myth that conservatives have perpetrated for years, only she took it a step further and drew the lines in greater detail. I remember during the campaign she actually mentioned the place I was living in at the time and I had to laugh because I had no intention to vote for her even though I initially thought McCain seemed O.K. until she joined the ticket.
Four, she shows a great lack of respect for the American people. She uses simplistic slogans to support her points of view which are insulting to people's intelligence and manipulative: i.e. drill baby drill. But it doesn't stop there! In her book she mentions that she was coached to give non-answers during the Vice Presidential Debate before the election, and she did just that. I find it absolutely infuriating that she chose to, even if the McCain advisers wanted her to do it, waste everybody's time who actually bothered to be engaged in the political process by dodging questions and purposely saying nothing of note. That's an insult to everyone who actually bothered to watch it.
I could really go on and on but that's really what irritates me the most. I'm not a liberal, I'm a centrist. I don't have strong feelings on abortion but I'm definitely not completely pro choice or pro life; I'd like some tougher restrictions myself. So those arguments simply don't fly.
Conservatives need to stop deluding themselves into thinking the convenient truth that everyone simply dislikes her for reasons of sexism (which is what it ultimately boils down to) or because of the media; there are plenty of legitimate reasons for thinking she's an idiot, and she keeps adding to the list.