There was the excruciatingly painful fawning. Then there are the people who aren't total morons:
Delegates walk out of Palin’s first international speech.
Sarah Palin made her international debut today in a closed-door speech at the CLSA Investors’ Forum in Hong Kong. AFP reports that Palin’s speech, which touched on issues like international terrorism and the U.S. debt, “divided” the audience and even prompted a few delegates to leave in disgust:
Former US vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin divided an international audience of financial big-hitters at her first speech outside North America on Wednesday with some leaving in disgust. [...]
Some listeners praised her forthright views on government social and economic intervention but others walked out early citing boredom or disgust. [...]
A US delegate leaving early with a colleague said: “it was awful, we couldn’t stand it any longer.”
And this is about when reality makes an ugly and unwelcome appearance:
Sarah's lectures a tough sell
Palin's bookers are said to be asking for $100,000 per speech, but an industry expert tells Page Six: "The big lecture buyers in the US are paralyzed with fear about booking her, basically because they think she is a blithering idiot." ...
"Palin is so uninteresting to so many groups -- unless they are interested in moose hunting," said our insider. "What does she have to say? She can't even describe what she reads."
Mercifully, Sarah still has her adoring fans. Those would be the people who are even more spectacular intellectual cripples. If that's even possible.