The issue isn't really that she wanted or needed notes. The real issue was what Palin felt she needed to jot down on her palm; her core principles. As John Cole noted: "Put it this way, since this is Black History Month, this is akin to seeing “civil rights” written on MLK’s hand."Via The Frustrated Teacher.
Addendum: Some pundits are dubbing this a "Hillbilly Palm Pilot."