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Palin for President? Really?

So Sarah Palin has gone rogue. At least that's what the title of her book suggests. Or so I'm told. I haven't read it and don't plan to. I really don't want to know what she says about much of anything. And I really hope no one else does, either, but I know that's not possible. I know because a couple months ago I was in traffic behind a guy in a minivan with a "Palin 2012" sticker on the back window. I gave serious consideration to pulling up next to him, rolling down my window and asking him if he was serious, but I decided to let it go.

Palin 2012. Does that scare anyone else? Maybe she's planning to run for county school board up in Alaska. But I'm pretty sure the sticker was intended to show the driver's preference for the presidential race. And that scares me.

When John McCain announced Palin as his runningmate last year, it was a surprise on many levels. First it was a surprise because most people had never heard of the Alaska governor. As we got to know her, it became a bigger surprise, because she proved herself to be of little substance. Since the election, she's tried to milk her 15 minutes of fame excessively. And despite how foolish she continues to make herself look, people continue to talk about her as a realistic candidate for president in three years. Why?

Palin started going rogue when she announced she was resigning as governor of Alaska. She claimed she didn't want to be a lame duck. And that should have been one of the best signals she has no idea what she's talking about when it comes to politics. You see, she made the announcement 2.5 years into her first term as governor. An elected leader is usually dubbed a lame duck when they've either lost an election or when they are in the final months of their term (either thanks to term limits or a decision not to run again) after an election. You can't be a lame duck when you can seek reelection and have more than a year to go before the election.

Palin also got into a war of words with talk show host David Letterman, who admittedly made a very inappropriate comment about one (or two, depending on how you look at it) of Palin's daughters. But the battle in the press made Palin look sillier than her daughter's idiot baby-daddy Levi, who somehow has earned one-name status in entertainment "news" circles as he critiques Jon Gosselin's parenting skills. When your family is lumped in with Jon and Kate, I think that should be a Constitutionally mandated disqualification of your eligibility to seek public office, let alone the presidency.

And now comes her tell-all book. A significant portion of it apparently centers on the way she was treated by the McCain campaign last year, including the campaign charging her $50,000 to vett her. I'd be upset about that, too, if I were her. After all, if they'd used the money properly, they would've spared her a ton of embarassment on the public stage. Instead, they opened Pandora's box, and Palin refuses to shut it. On and on she goes opening her mouth and promptly sticking in her foot.

So again I ask the question: After all you've seen from Palin in the last 15 months, why would you want her to be your president? Seriously? You could have made the argument during the campaign last year when we still knew relatively little. But in the time since Palin has surely proven herself to be less capable for the job, not more. And my assessment has nothing to do with her being a woman or even being from Alaska. It has to do with my experience. I've met elected leaders at all levels. From small towns to big cities to state legislators to members of Congress to soon-to-be presidents. I've met good ones and bad ones. I've met the dynamic and the dorky. I've never met Palin, and perhaps my opinion of her would change if I did, but I can tell you compared to all the politicians I've been around, she is among the least impressive. She is not the worst I've known. Very far from it, in fact. But there is an air about the successful ones, like them or not. She does not seem to possess the qualities of the governors, members of Congress or Presidents-to-be I have seen first hand.

So once and for all I ask: Why would you want Sarah Palin for any office, let alone president? I am genuinely curious. Maybe my observations and assessment are wrong. I'm man enough to admit it if they are. So help me understand. Don't just fire off unoriginal comments like "You're stupid" or "You must work for the Democrats" or "You hate Republicans" or "Sarah Palin is smarter than you." Give me real arguments. Give me rational arguments. Prove me wrong. It can't be that hard, can it?

By: Kevin Wuzzardo


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