Nightly News   |  February 08, 2010

Palin's palm reading sends defenders into overdrive

Sarah Palin may be out of office, but she is keeping a high profile as a public speaker, as she did over the weekend—sending a conservative, anti-Obama message that has some, but not all, Republicans cheering. NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports.

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>>> sarah palin 's defenders went into overdrive today after yesterday's discovery she had notes written on her hand, the answers to a question that hadn't been asked yet on stage. it happened after a speech where she criticized the president for relying too much on a teleprompter and then some. our report on all of it tonight from andrea mitchell .

>> governor palin, ladies and gentlemen .

>> reporter: in texas, sunday, sarah palin at a rally for rick perry .

>> two words right now that scare liberals, president palin.

>> go sarah!

>> reporter: after her turn this weekend with tea party activists, she looks more like a future candidate herself. telling fox news -- where she's a paid commentator.

>> i think it would be absurd to not consider what it is that i could potentially do to help our country.

>> reporter: at the tea party convention, she lacerated president obama .

>> i have to ask, how does that cagey stuff working out for you. this is about the people and it's bigger than any king or queen of a tea party and it's a lot better than any charismatic guy with a teleprompter.

>> reporter: she wasn't beyond using a handy crib sheet herself. just in case she was asked her top priority.

>> we have to start reigning in the spending, we have got to jump start these energy projects.

>> appearing before friendly crowds, using facebook and twitter to control the message, not answering tough questions.

>> she's become a celebutician, creating her own platform and writing her own rules. she's becoming the frank sinatra of politics and doing things her way.

>> reporter: a lot of people are worried.

>> people who helped put reagan in power, and helped put gingrich in power, are saying