Colbert calls Palin out for dissing Obama's teleprompter when she uses a "handoprompter," and pokes fun at the extremely basic nature of her notes (and her ideas) by taking note of his own thumb. Others criticized her too, and as we've seen, Palin doesn't let criticism go unanswered. The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder writes,
When it was pointed out that Palin had scribbled some policy points on to her hand during the Tea Party Q and A, she was widely mocked. The next day, Palin wrote "Hi Mom!" on her palm. Palin doesn't like to be mocked, but she doesn't like to be beaten, either.
Palin's statement on Fox News Sunday that "It would be absurd to not consider what it is that I can potentially do to help our country," and the "infrastructure of an expanding political operation" that the Times says she's building, make it almost certain that she's planning a 2012 presidential campaign. And right now, she's running on the Palm Platform — a combination of anti-intellectualism, insults, and self-congratulation. That "Hi Mom" seems to say, "Yeah, I wrote 'tax cuts' on my hand. So what?"
Ambinder points out that Palin's base remains residents of places like Couer d'Alene, Idaho — middle American towns that are, not coincidentally, heavily white. He writes, "What's most appealing about Palin to these exurbanites, I think, is that the big Elite Crucible tore her apart — and she rose again, stood up, straightened her dress, and is now confronting her tormentors." It's not just Sarah Palin who feeds on criticism, turning it around to make it sound elitist and mean-spirited — her popularity feeds on this too. She continues to charm even those who think she's "a moron," as evinced by Michael Wolff's entire essay about "how really compelling she is," and her base loves her so much that one woman's biggest worry for a 2012 presidential bid is "I wouldn't want her to be hurt that bad."