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February 9, 2010

Playing Into Sarah's … Yeah, Hand

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In that charming and clever way Sarah Palin has of flaunting her lack of depth and sophistication, SP goes to town on “the hand incident” as one more example of being picked on — and made to look stupid! — by the liberals and the media.

Meanwhile, Gibbs plays right into Sarah’s attention-seeking hand, abandoning the high-minded, grown-up tone Obama and the White House have successfully sustained these past two weeks in attacking the GOP for intransigence — instead, coming off like one of those pointy-headed boys calling people “retards” again.

(photo: Pat Sullivan/A.P. caption: In this Feb. 7, 2010 photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin sends a message to her mother, written on her left hand, at a campaign rally for Texas Gov. Rick Perry in Cypress, Texas. photo: Charles Dharapak/AP. caption:White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has the words “Eggs, Milk, Bread (crossed out), Hope, and Change” written in marker on his hand as he briefs reporters, after President Barack Obama made an unannounced visit to the James Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010. Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been seen with hand written notes on her hands in recent public appearances.)

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