Perhaps one of the most notorious political cheating scandals didn’t take place during a debate or even an election. Sarah Palin, of all people, knows it can be hard to come up with answers to tricky questions on the spot. After all, she’d been a frequent victim of “gotcha!” journalism as John McCain’s running mate during the 2008 presidential campaign. So when the former Alaska governor agreed to speak before her cohorts at the Tea Party Convention in February 2010, she was clearly determined not to get caught at a loss for words again, especially during the inevitable Q-and-A session that would follow her speech. Unfortunately for Palin, this time she was caught red-handed—with talking points like “energy,” “budget cut,” “tax,” and “lift American spirits” scribbled on her palm. Though she didn’t break any rules, Palin’s use of the old-fashioned cheating tactic embarrassed her, especially after her regular criticism of President Obama for using a teleprompter during his speeches.