From John Cole:
And it is crazy. The folks who spent a year telling us Barack is not ready to be President are now extolling the virtues of being on the PTA. The folks who mocked Obamaâ€™s â€œcelebrityâ€ for six months are now buying Palin dolls because of one speech she read at a convention. The whole thing is just nuts.
Rick in the comments says:
Just to clarify, in the second half of the speech the telepromter didnâ€™t stop for audience applause so she was speaking without it.
But Rick is either lying or has been misinformed:
Sarah Palin delivered a powerful speech last night, but she did not “wing it.”
Which is what Erick Erickson, citing sources close to McCain, has written on his blog, RedState.
Erickson writes that “the teleprompter continued scrolling during applause breaks. As a result, half way through the speech, the speech had scrolled significantly from where Gov. Palin was in the speech.”
This claim has been picked up on Drudge and could quickly enter into the insta-mythmaking about a speech that need not be embroidered.
Perhaps there were moments where it scrolled slightly past her exact point in the speech. But I was sitting in the press section next to the stage, within easy eyeshot of the teleprompter. I frequently looked up at the machine, and there was no serious malfunction. A top convention planner confirms this morning that there were no major problems.