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By punditry alone?

Sarah Palin would have to have an "extreme makeover" in political knowledge and experience to restore confidence in her beyond the conservative base.

The only people who have been able to come from outside the political world (and she is now outside that world) and run have been business leaders who have led a large corporations or reached a high rank in the military. It won't do to be a Fox pundit or a Tea Party heroine to lead a country in an era as complex as we live in now. If punditry alone is enough to get you elected president, then our democracy is in more of a disarray than I care to believe.

If Sarah Palin really wants to be a leader in this country, she should use the identity that she touted so heavily during her Vice Presidential campaign, and that many people associate her with: mother. Ms. Palin could call for a new focus on the need for a comprehensive child care policy, something we haven't had in 40 years. If she were to focus on this issue, all the way through to passing and enacting legislation, she would be the contributing to this country in a way that is sorely needed. She would be helping all women to be the presidents of their own lives and to lead in the public world alongside men.

By Marie Wilson

 |  February 8, 2010; 4:50 PM ET
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Thank you, PASCHARF, you are the first I've noticed to comment on her woefully inadequate parenting skills. I can't for the life of me imagine leaving the care of my special needs infant to the care of others while I pursued such gross self-aggrandizement. And her abdication of responsibility in parenting a teenage daughter who clearly needed responsible guidance? This woman can't get her own house in order, or commit to a course of action, even her own, and she wants us to trust her to keep our national house in order?! I can't wait for her to begin the political process in earnest and watch serious women with serious experience and skills tear her to shreds on the podium with the world watching. Let the games begin!

Posted by: LibertyLady1 | February 11, 2010 8:36 AM
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America has listened to the international oligarchial pursuit of high taxes to bankrupt the tax-paying American long enough.

Sarah Palin brings the breath of fresh air, like the morning dew on a brand new day, that gives a smidgen of hope for the survival for mankind against eugenic attitudes of the New World Order.

Posted by: Archarito | February 11, 2010 2:20 AM
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Palin's punditry isn't even good punditry. And I don't want a "mom" for President; parenthood aside, I want someone who can competently handle national and international issues with the best outcome for the US. Someone whose primary identity is "hockey mom" ain't it. Look around Congress and at state governors; most of the women in those positions are mothers, but that's not how they get elected.

Posted by: Lila1 | February 9, 2010 9:56 PM
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I think you are wrong. Regan and the second Bush. She can become President if the people want her.

Posted by: slovelace | February 9, 2010 4:54 PM
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When oh when will the majority of adults in this country begin to understand that we are employers who hire Presidents and other politicians to run the Company we all own: the United States of America, arguably the world's most socially, politically, economically, and technologically advanced country on the planet. Recent Employee/President George Bush and his multitude of unmatched performance failures on the job represented the lack of attention voter/hirers paid to some critical attributes we should be looking for as already embedded in our applicants, and not painted on their skins by the opaque glow from media & pundit attention and public personality contests: high intelligence, demonstrated leadership skills, an educated understanding of the 21st century world and its people and where they are located, honesty and openness, operational and people management skills, wisdom and foresight, cognitive depth, rational boldness in fixing problems and securing the homeland; aversion to platitudinal thinking, obtuse and pandering speech and egoism; and a strong desire to work productively for the common good both alone and with others of whatever origin and stripe. Now, here we go again, thanks to relentless and completely unfounded (except for entertainment and business purposes) media coverage and commentary, covering another less-than-marginal potential applicant for the highest position in our Company, Sarah Palin, with a veneer of legitimacy as a candidate to run the enterprise that we all claim with great emotion to hold so dear to our hearts.

Posted by: alvinwright | February 9, 2010 4:33 PM
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That's a fine suggestion, except that Sarah Palin's belief is that we need less government and to undo "Socialist" President Obama's policies. A comprehensive child care policy flies in the face of that.
From what I've observed, Palin's child care policy is make as much money as possible writing books and giving speeches. She can afford all the child care she needs as she travels around the country.
It's silly to think a narcissist who puts her own ego and income above raising her own children would care about anyone else's.

Posted by: pascharf | February 9, 2010 6:55 AM
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