Nightly News | February 08, 2010
>>> 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