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Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero.

Faux leadership stripes

If Sarah Palin genuinely wants to burnish her leadership credentials, she has to show that she can be a genuine leader of an organization, or play an important leadership role within an organization: the Senate, a major corporation or a major non profit. This is especially important because she left her only major leadership position abruptly in mid stream. Such a decision would mean that she could only run for president, at the earliest, in 2016.

But, alas, the notion that one has to have demonstrated successful leadership skills in order to attain high office seems anachronistic. Celebrity appeal, a dash of charisma, and a pandering message seem to suffice. And if Sarah Palin wants to run in 2012, it is probably a waste of time for her to demonstrate leadership skills in the traditional way--- having a successful talk show, or a titular position with the Tea Party would probably suffice, and even lend her sufficient faux leadership stripes.

By Howard Gardner

 |  February 9, 2010; 6:09 AM ET
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Giving speeches is not leadership. Quitting as governor to have time to make money for oneself is not leadership. Carefully scripting Facebook messages with no opportunity to question her on what she writes is not leadership. It is cowardly, self promoting, narcissistic, and greedy.

Just remember, if she ever runs for any office she must face republicans first in primaries. She will HAVE to answer questions, from the press and from other candidates. She will HAVE to debate. She will HAVE to set out her position AND defend it. Sarah has not shown any of these abilities which require a minimal amount of leadership ability. All she has done is attack her opponents. A negative campaigner at best. If she had real leadership she would debate live, unscripted, and on camera, setting her ideas out there and defending them from all comers. But it will never happen. She is no leader, she is a perfect example of a coward.

Posted by: Fate1 | February 10, 2010 6:59 PM
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I agree with Professor Gardner on Sarah Palin. But, even though I consider her to fall far short as an effective leader. I would like everyone to remember she was elected Govenor of Alsaska as a woman and at a relatively young age. So, like Sarah Palin or not (which i must confess I don't)she has displayed some qualities of leadership and has been somewhat successful in doing so.

Much of Sarah's appeal is she is charismatic, attractive, and has no shame in distorting information to appeal to the worst fears in her base.

Unfortunately, for Sarah she will not be widely accepted as a leader till she shows the ability to build coalitions of those identity groups who are currently lukewarm in their support of her.

Look, 21st century leadership is about being able to conect to a wide range of identity groups and build coalitions amonst them to achive a compelling vision of the future. Until Sarah gives up her Tea Bag pedigree she will never be able to be president or for that matter a widely supported leader.


Posted by: bjerome | February 10, 2010 3:21 PM
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Chatard said: "To the brilliant woman-hater Tomguy1: What school did George W. Bush attend?"

Well, that would be Harvard. As in, Harvard Business School. Are you implying that his years at Yale as an undergrad would somehow prevent the inescapable Harvard liberal indoctrination that causes "anything that comes out of a person associated with Harvard [to be] liberally biased," as Katie6 so aptly pointed out? Even 4 years at a bastion of conservative enlightenment such as Yale could not overcome the poisoning of the mind inflicted by Harvard's pinko "teaching."

Oh, wait, what's that? Yale is just another East Coast elitist socialist institution producing liberal clones? Well, then, between Harvard AND Yale, no wonder George W. Bush is such a lefty!

As far as your "woman-hater" comment, WTF? You brought up gender, Chatard, not me. Nothing in my response to Katie6 even implied any malice towards either gender. I only addressed her views, which is what political debate is supposed to be about. Nice try to change the topic, though. Typical conservative strategy -- when you can't win an argument because facts simply don't support your position, just shift gears to ad hominem attacks against the person with the rational viewpoint.

Rest assured, Chatard, that I don't hate women. I hate idiocy -- which is why I hold such disdain for your unsupportable comment.

Posted by: tomguy1 | February 10, 2010 3:10 PM
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Perfesser Gardner speaks much truth. Of course, the other side of the equation is Obama, who appears to be developing some already substantial leadership skills.

But if you stop and think about it, a good part of the public and political bodies want to enshrine him as a celebrity too.

Posted by: MartinZook | February 10, 2010 8:58 AM
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What party was in office when they blew up the world trade center?

Who was the President in office when they blew up the world trade center?

Posted by: vze4k4bh | February 10, 2010 6:40 AM
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now just to be fair. Posted by: Sadie1129 | February 10, 2010 6:13 AM
I would remind Mr. Gardner that Ms. Palin was a governor.
In November 2006, she became the youngest person and the first woman ever elected Governor of Alaska.On July 3, 2009, Palin announced she would not seek re-election as governor and that she was resigning effective July 26, 2009, eighteen months before the completion of her term.

Obama served three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. Eight years. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. Twelve years.
He was the president of the Harvard Law Review.
During his three years as the DCP's director, its staff grew from one to thirteen and its annual budget grew from $70,000 to $400,000. He helped set up a job training program, a college preparatory tutoring program, and a tenants' rights organization in Altgeld Gardens.

Now using a calendar which person has spent more years in high profile positions?

Posted by: vze4k4bh | February 10, 2010 6:26 AM
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Although I agree one should demonstrate leadership skills before attaining high office (the presidency), I would remind Mr. Gardner that Ms. Palin was a governor. I do not necessarily believe she would make a good president, but I find critiques of her lack of leadership experience to be disingenuous and intellectually dishonest, particularly when one realizes how little leadership experience President Obama had prior to assuming office. Holding a governor's office clearly was good enough for Presidents Reagan, Clinton, and G.W. Bush, among a host of others. If Ms. Palin's unorthodox approach to politics proves successful, she actually has President Obama to thank. After all, his campaign proved charisma outweighs anachronistic concepts like experience.

Posted by: Sadie1129 | February 10, 2010 6:13 AM
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Ms Palmin (Palin uses her palm to scribble notes, dislikes the teleprompter) and Cheney for 2012!

Posted by: yawhosthere | February 9, 2010 11:13 PM
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To the brilliant woman-hater Tomguy1: What school did George W. Bush attend?
One wonders why all of the vicious commenters here are taking on someone who is not in office when, sadly, we have a totally inept administration and national security team that is just likely to get the freedom to spout off like these clowns do relegated to the dustbin of history.
enjoy yourself, boys. Great job, Janet!

Posted by: chatard | February 9, 2010 10:51 PM
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"She left her only major leadership position abruptly in mid stream..."

Reminds me of another figure who left his first major position abruptly in mid-stream... Senator Obama.

Posted by: mpowers38111 | February 9, 2010 10:19 PM
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Who discovered Palin? William Kristol, a Zionist, from whose lips the former Alaskan governor learned of the need to declare war on Iran and support Israel, as she told Chris Wallace on his FOX TV show (her hands raised in a praying position).

Who else but Kristol and his Zionist friends could believe that the only way for Obama to stay in office was to "play the war card"? At who else's dinner table would that be the topic of conversation? Did Mr. Palin come up with that idea?

And, in all honesty, would I allow myself to be someone's puppet if I could be President of the US? Heck yes, because I, like Sarah, would plan that, once I'm in office, I would start being the boss.

Posted by: UsedToBeGOP | February 9, 2010 10:04 PM
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To CurtB
You are so right on about what is scary about the Palin phenomenon. Who are her handlers and who would run the country if she were ever to be elected? Isn't it rather revealing about modern party strategies? Forget for a moment your personal likes and dislikes. In the last 34 years, Democrats have elected Carter, Clinton and Obama - all demonstrably bright and articulate people; Republicans have elected Ford (a decent man), Reagan ( who wasn't sure what color his jelly beans were), Bush I ( a decent guy, but noticeably unintelligent) and of course Buah II (largely agreed to be the missing village idiot). All the repubs want is someone who can be entertaining while completely under control.

Posted by: hooksee | February 9, 2010 9:24 PM
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Tea Party Movement: Stampede of lemmings.

Posted by: mikie44 | February 9, 2010 9:13 PM
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We have already elected a George W. Bush; electing Mistress Sarah seems to be the guaranteed, illogical, next step we obediently take in our journey towards the pure, white bread, all American version of historical irrelevance.
The most recent "movement" to emerge out of the American political firmament is referred to as the Tea Party. How quaint! How provincial? How historically incorrect!
Sarah Palin represents the coefficient of the lowest common denominator. She is the product of a bankrupt education system. She is proof that it all started a long, long time ago, around the time Ronald Reagan was elected president of the U S of A.

Posted by: mikie44 | February 9, 2010 8:52 PM
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Unfortunately anything that comes out of a person associated with Harvard is liberally biased and you are. Several members of my close family went there. The superior attitude is rampant and does not give the one license to ridicule others. Palin resonates with the disaffected public. That is all. I do not think she will run for President but I do think she will do everything thing in her power to get rid of Obama and his misguided agenda.
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Katie, Katie, Katie! I didn't get into Harvard either! I joined the military and used Tuition assistance to get BA and am now working on my MS after 24 years of service. And I have to work full time too, in order to pay the bills.

So I don't think this small town girl can be called "elitist" but I do think Mrs. Palin could have chosen to DO something with her life, like join the military, or be a community organizer, or just get good grades in college.

But Mrs. Palin didn't even care enough to tough out her last year and a half as Governor. I wonder what she would have done at 0200 when the call came to get to work and load bombs on a dark and freezing flightline? Dropped out like she did from several colleges and the governorship?

My superior attitude is simply a product of having worked and served and finished every assignment I ever started. My bias comes from knowing women who worked hard and didn't rely on a swimsuit to get attention.

Wolverine resonates with the disaffected public too, dearheart. And like Mrs. Palin, Wolverine is just a product of someone's imagination. When the lights come on, they just disappear.

Posted by: arancia12 | February 9, 2010 8:42 PM
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Mistress Sarah is waiting for her prince............Erik D Prince, that is.
I'd say it's not too far a stretch to think that they will find each other some time between tomorrow and some time next year.

Posted by: mikie44 | February 9, 2010 7:58 PM
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She's riding a populist wave for all it's worth. The tease of not responding to the speculation that she'll run stokes the cockles of the hearts of the exploited and fills the PAC coffers. Why bother with hard work when her fans already think she's as ready as she needs to be?

Posted by: bitterblogger | February 9, 2010 7:12 PM
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"If Palin runs, it wouldn't surprise me if she won, and the results would be just. Goldie Hawn without the charm."

Hey, wait a minute! No fair comparing Goldie Hawn to Palin.

Goldie is an amazingly sharp businesswoman with a significant intellect. The ditziness is an act.

Palin, on the other hand, is just an idiot.

Posted by: haveaheart | February 9, 2010 6:27 PM
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This being America, any citizen is eligible for the office of President. Whether or not I vote for Ms. Palin depends on her proposed solutions to Americas’ problems. I’m not interested in “talking points”, but solutions. So what would Sarah suggest as national policy for job creation? What should health care reform include? Should there be regulation of Wall Street to avoid another bailout, and if so, of what nature? There are, of course, other issues, but clear responses to those questions would be a start, and perhaps determine my vote.

Posted by: shadowmagician | February 9, 2010 6:09 PM
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Just the things that she was saying or doing when she was governor and running for VPOTUS is enough to disown her completely. Are you trying to give her a pass because she's a woman? Answer these questions for me. Why five schools in six years? Does this provide clues as to why she quit as governor? What was the budget like when she was mayor of Wasilla? Why did she take per diem while staying at home instead of the state capitol? Although it may not be a crime in politically corrupted Alaska, do you think it is unethical? What inspired her husband to become a member of the AIP? Why did Alaska have the highest incident of rape of woman and children? And as governor what was the controvery with the rape kits? Was it the morning after pill in the kit? Why did she have to pay back taxes? What was the true ruling against her concerning trooper gate? Not to many mistakes? Well let her answer those questions for a start and we'll judge for ourselves instead of you judging for us.

Posted by: MILLER123 | February 9, 2010 5:31 PM
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segeny said: "The arrogant, Mussolini-chinned empty suit currently infesting the White House..."

Wait... what? Mussolini-chinned? Please, I beg of you, explain this comment. Meanwhile, I'll be googling Mussolini images...

Posted by: borntorun45 | February 9, 2010 4:49 PM
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When somebody gets checked into the boards in hockey the way Katie6 got checked into the boards by Tomguy1, observers wince. I hope you were wearing your pads, Katie - break out the Absorbine Junior.

Tomguy1, nice play.

Posted by: marknesop | February 9, 2010 4:48 PM
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As an Alaskan, what is most disturbing to me about Sarah Palin is the fact that she consistently lies about her "achievements" during her thankfully brief stint as governor. It's not clear how many lies she told on her way up the (short) Alaskan political ladder, but once she burst onto the national scene (thanks John McCain!) she has been caught in a web of lies.

The dawning revelation for some of us that the woman is a liar began with her vice-presidential nomination speech, in which she lied about turning down the "bridge to nowhere" funds ("I said 'thanks, but no thanks'" - she did not). The former governor's plane was not sold on eBay, although she did post it there. She didn't let some of the governor's mansion staff go to save money - it was to save face because she didn't actually LIVE in the governor's mansion. She lived at home, and charged the state per diem to do so.

She continued lying to Alaskans right to the bitter end, with the phony reasons she gave for her resignation (because she was a "lame duck" governor, who probably wouldn't be able to accomplish anything - she was in the 2nd year of her first 4 year term - not a "lame duck" by anyone's definition. And she said that Alaska's "taxpayers are being forced to spend money defending her government against ethics complaints that would otherwise fund teachers, cops, and road repair" - a)we don't pay state taxes, and b)the state's attorneys were already being paid state salaries, whether they were working on defending the governor or performing routine legal tasks).

The woman is a stranger to the truth, and all the cute winking, the flirting, the "us against them attitude" doesn't fool us. I'd love to see her poll numbers in this state compared to states where she hasn't actually been involved in government. I'm sure the numbers would reflect Alaskan's disgust with its former head of state.

Posted by: borntorun45 | February 9, 2010 4:42 PM
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People get the government they deserve. Americans twice elected the man they preferred to have a beer with--he was an alcoholic! That is the bottom line when it comes to assessing the judgment and intelligence of U.S. citizens. If Palin runs, it wouldn't surprise me if she won, and the results would be just. Goldie Hawn without the charm.

Posted by: edwcorey | February 9, 2010 4:39 PM
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"Hopefully she can come up with better excuses for war then Cheney did!"

But he won his war.

Can't take that away from him.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | February 9, 2010 4:26 PM
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I might as well get a blind person to explain color away for me.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | February 9, 2010 4:19 PM
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Why the basketball playing, wolf hunting beauty queen appeals to some folks I'll never understand. Except that she does have a gift for unintelligible gab that bespeaks detailed knowledge of the archetypal uneducated workin' man who thinks he can't get ahead because he must compete unfairly with foreigners and inferior races. I view her to be an analog to a killer car wreck that everybody who passes by must slow to look at. She's truly a piece of work.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | February 9, 2010 4:11 PM
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Katie6 said: "Unfortunately anything that comes out of a person associated with Harvard is liberally biased and you are."

Katie6, you are SOOOO right (as are all the other conservatives who repeatedly bring up this argument). Harvard is just a hotbed of liberal left-wing nut jobs, like:

Bill Frist, Ted Stevens, Tom Ridge, George W. Bush, Alberto Gonzales, Caspar Weinberger, Katherine Harris, David Vitter, Mitt Romney ... whew! Too many lefty bleeding heart socialist Harvard grads to even list them all.

But it's not just politics -- look at the legal system: Justice Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts. Such liberal judicial activists, as you might expect from Harvard. But it's not just the current court . . . don't forget about that liberal idealogue William Rehnquist and all the damage he did to America as long-term Chief Justice with his lefty agenda!

Finally, Harvard is practically a pipeline into the elitist media machine. So many left-wingers have infiltrated the liberal media and poisoned the unthinking American public with their socialist ideas! Of course, Harvard graduates like Bill O'Reilly, William Kristol, Lou Dobbs, and this paper's own Charles Krauthammer all come to mind.

Thank you, Katie6, for pointing out the facts about Harvard!!! In fact, all conservatives should keep spouting this Truth -- and it's not just about Harvard, but all of the best schools. Until we realize that Harvard simply exists to pump out more lefty liberal socialist bleeding hearts set on destroying America, like those I've listed here, we will never be safe! Fortunately, we have people like you, Katie6, to protect us from the bane that is higher Education!

Posted by: tomguy1 | February 9, 2010 4:07 PM
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Sarah is not going to run... She doesn't like to answer questions without being prepped on Fox news. However, she needs to be stopped spreading hatred among the American people. She is like a terrorist. Sarah is having fun by being divisive and mean-spirited without having any solutions to back up the crazy rants and one-line slogans. While along the way, trashing the President for using a teleprompter (that she used many times on the campaigned trail), Palin clearly READ her speech verbatim on the podium while having additional notes scribbled on her hand for the prepped Q&A. Is there any end to her hypocrisy?

Posted by: 2mtsenie | February 9, 2010 3:20 PM
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Why didn't Obama have to lead a major corporation or non-profit before being elected President? His very thin resume did not include meeting a payroll or writing a budget.

And if this commentary weren't about Palin, you would think this line --
"Celebrity appeal, a dash of charisma, and a pandering message" -- was describing Obama.

This is elitist, look-down-your-nose snobbery at its worst. Liberals are showing their true colors, and they aren't pretty.

Posted by: Darlene_Jr | February 9, 2010 2:46 PM
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POOR Katie 6

NOt only does she need to talk about someone else's credntials...

she does it writing something that is not believeable. MOSTLY, if not entirely, because too many of us have read TOO MUCH of her stuff.

Posted by: whistling | February 9, 2010 2:44 PM
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Palin's teleprompter comment was the pot calling the kettle black.

There are plenty of videos of Palin using, quite effectively I might add, a teleprompter during the 2008 presidential campaign.

IMO teaparty'ers should be insulted by her reading her address to them. $100K + and she reads to them!

Posted by: knjincvc | February 9, 2010 2:39 PM
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Both Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton got as much ink for a long time.

And EITHER would be better leaders, presidents or whatever, than the idiot Palin. Neither of them was ignorant...

Palin can only parrot what she hears, has learned NOTHING at all. What exactly does this idiot offer? Not even a good movie.

Posted by: whistling | February 9, 2010 2:37 PM
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“And if Sarah Palin wants to run in 2012, it is probably a waste of time for her to demonstrate leadership skills in the traditional way---“

OK, once more. Sarah Palin will not run for POTUS in 2012, 2016, 2020 …..

First, she like Rudy G. is following the money.

Second, there is no way in Hades corporatist and neo-con republicans will support the ex-governor, who quit her post, of Americas largest welfare state at the top of the republican ticket. It will not happen!

Posted by: knjincvc | February 9, 2010 2:28 PM
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Unfortunately anything that comes out of a person associated with Harvard is liberally biased and you are. Several members of my close family went there. The superior attitude is rampant and does not give the one license to ridicule others. Palin resonates with the disaffected public. That is all. I do not think she will run for President but I do think she will do everything thing in her power to get rid of Obama and his misguided agenda.

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Poor katie. Didn't get in to Harvard, huh?

You're correct of course. Having gone to Harvard doesn't give one the right to ridicule you.

Stupid blanket assumptions such as "Unfortunately anything that comes out of a person associated with Harvard is liberally biased" do give one the right to ridicule you.

Posted by: Attucks | February 9, 2010 2:21 PM
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Unfortunately anything that comes out of a person associated with Harvard is liberally biased and you are. Several members of my close family went there. The superior attitude is rampant and does not give the one license to ridicule others. Palin resonates with the disaffected public. That is all. I do not think she will run for President but I do think she will do everything thing in her power to get rid of Obama and his misguided agenda.

Posted by: katie6 | February 9, 2010 2:14 PM
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Hopefully she can come up with better excuses for war then Cheney did!

Posted by: Wildthing1 | February 9, 2010 2:04 PM
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I honestly don't think she will get the nomination. To all the elected officials who are focused on the notes on her hand. This is why you will be voted out of office. You did not hear the message. I pay enough for my own health care. Make no mistake I do not go to work each day so that I can support my neighbor who was laid off because he called in sick to go fishing on a regular basis. If you want to lower medical costs put a stop to the millions of dollars sent to Wasghington by the pharmaceutical companies.

The largest employment growth sector is the government. I can't afford anymore government workers.

But then again you are all much smarter than I. The most important thing is that Sarah Palin had notes written on her hand and you noticed.

Posted by: mjblkdogs | February 9, 2010 1:59 PM
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Palin is a QUITER! If she were to be elected president and the going got rough, she would quit in a heartbeat! If you look in the dictionary under the word quiter, Palin's face would be there. All she is, is a big MOUTH that only spews lies and hate.

Posted by: salexander1 | February 9, 2010 1:43 PM
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Well written, she is a fraud.

Posted by: affirmativeactionpresident | February 9, 2010 1:40 PM
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Palin's crib notes on her palm during a Q&A session? You can't make this stuff up -- it's too good. Looking forward to Tina Fey's next SNL skit. Hope the tea party keeps her in the spotlight, there is so much entertainment value in Palin. I think that the Palin phenomenon will look even more absurd in 10 years time.

Posted by: Riograd | February 9, 2010 12:57 PM
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Huge fan of Howard Gardner on concept of multiple intelligence and Project Zero!

The fact that Sarah Palin is being associated with the GOP is the party's greatest threat and Obama's luckiest turn of events. Because of her, Independents were turned off against McCain and will do so again in 2012. We all know who and what she is; an opportunist and a talker with no substance. The farther the GOP distance themselves from her and her rhetoric the better chance they have of winning in 2010 & 2012.
JOHN HUNSTSMAN for President !!!

Posted by: american17 | February 9, 2010 12:50 PM
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Not one word of what you posted is true - it's beyond ridiculous. You may not feel Obama's policies are going to get the US where it needs to be but to say he's an empty suit and Palin could clean his clock is like saying Eleanor Roosevelt and Mamie Eisenhower would clean Palin's clock in a beauty contest. No offense to Eleanor and Mamie....Pro-Palin posts are an affront to accomplished Republican women like Olympia Snowe and Kay Baily Hutchinson.

Posted by: deltadelta | February 9, 2010 12:40 PM
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It is hard to discuss this Sarah thing without being harsh, condescending, or nasty. Her substance is all physical. Take away the titzenass, and Sarah Palin is gone, too.

But the real danger to Palin is her lack of sense. She was filmed advocating that Obama declare war against Iran, in order to win re-election!

How does one respond to such dangerous idiocy? How many more wars do we need to distract the American People from what the conservatives have done to America? How many more people do we have to kill before they feel "safe"?

Why do we let these incomplete people dictate to us at all?

Posted by: gkam | February 9, 2010 12:17 PM
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Mr. Howard Garner, you are so right to write: "But, alas, the notion that one has to have demonstrated successful leadership skills in order to attain high office seems anachronistic. Celebrity appeal, a dash of charisma, and a pandering message seem to suffice."

So, so right you are, just look at Mr. Obama! the mirrow of what you just wrote.

Posted by: Dalva1 | February 9, 2010 12:11 PM
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Take away the titzenass, and you've removed Sarah.

Posted by: gkam | February 9, 2010 12:01 PM
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Palin is a boob..... nuff said?

Posted by: EdSantaFe | February 9, 2010 11:58 AM
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Sounds like someone is off his meds.

Posted by: Skeptic21 | February 9, 2010 11:36 AM
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I wonder if she honed her skills at writing notes on her palms preparing for high school and college tests. Probably clever at noting extra facts on the soles of her shoes, too.

Posted by: jonstephens | February 9, 2010 11:35 AM
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Crib notes on the palm of her hand and you want to make her President. Yikes!
Palin and her followers are in the "BOZONE".
The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating.

Posted by: beachbum1938 | February 9, 2010 11:20 AM
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Hispana, are you SERIOUS?!
"Ms. Palin has hit a nerve and you all cannot take."
Hit a nerve? If you call your insistence on electing someone I wouldn't allow to run a kindergarten class 'striking a nerve,' then I guess you have. WHAT is your fascination with her?! Beyond clueless, virtually uneducatable, and she QUITS the job she had where she could actually do some GOOD! What has she done for you lately, other than make you look like someone with ZERO judgment?

You think WE'RE the ones who are off our rocker? Why do you so desperately want to associate yourself with her for? I'm not stopping you, nobody's stopping you! HAVE AT IT! Let her represent you forever! YOU DESERVE IT!

I'm not afraid of Palin in the slightest. I'm afraid of people who are so infatuated with her having ANYTHING to do with the governing of my country. WAKE UP!

Posted by: FredEvil | February 9, 2010 10:56 AM
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"Bunch of cowards when you resort to personally attack..."
Do you see the irony here?

Posted by: djjd | February 9, 2010 10:51 AM
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"I'm not even close to being one the "faithful" for Ms. Palin, but this blog post is utter nonsense. She was the Governor of Alaska. Regardless of when she left, or the reasons why, that certainly qualifies as "leadership credentials" - arguably more so that our current president's resume."

Mike...you scare me. You don't even know the words you used to post with. Leaders don't abandon elected positions because they would rather make speaking circuit money.

If all you have is hatred for the president fine. But he is indisputable bright.
Mike that means he actually knows the subject matter. No writing notes on his palm. Try and understand the distinction.

Posted by: Tblack68 | February 9, 2010 10:44 AM
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This article is utter nonsense and typical of the Washington elitists that continuously see the majority of people in our country as DUMB and DEAF and totally beneath you.

Let's stop hiding the real truth of the matter and that is that Ms. Palin has hit a nerve and you all cannot take. Bunch of cowards when you resort to personally attack this woman who doesn't seem to match your supposed intelligence.

And you totally ignore her qualifications as Governor of Alaska, what are you going to say next about this, that she got it because she lifted her legs?

No, my friends, Sarah Palin is right now a symbol of HOPE that many americans have and not the faux hope that the current President used to hypnotize so many.

She is not the scholar and eloquent type but she has been highly successful at inspiring people and those of us that want desperately to bring our country back to the values that we can digest.

Sarah Palin will be the agent that will help us take our country back. And she could not necessarily be our next President, but she would have achieved a milestone in the great majority of us maintaining hope for the real values that carry this country.

Obama will go into history as a sidestep of our future, but one that we corrected in time. Good riddance!

Posted by: Hispana | February 9, 2010 10:33 AM
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She actually seems more of a comedienne or entertainer. Most of her speeches are zinging one-liners (ba-da-bing!) criticizing Obama or Democratics or whatever her audience dislikes. To be a leader she needs something substantial that thoughtful American citizens, be they conservative or progressive, can get behind. Don Rickles is better at what palin is doing than Palin is - why watch Palin when one can watch Rickles?

As a "politician" she simply has no substance or real policy positions, and it's difficult to believe that anyone takes her seriously.

Posted by: kathleen_oconnor | February 9, 2010 10:24 AM
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If it wasn't for her high cheekbones, Sarah Palin couldn't be elected dog catcher of Wasilla. Let's be honest, the fact that she is physically striking lends her credibility. What does that say about us as a society? Shallow, vacuous.... The fresh blood thing to replace the DC establishment will grow louder unless those in Congress learn to put the country first, instead of their re-election campaigns

Posted by: dcameron1 | February 9, 2010 10:14 AM
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She could identify them if they were written on her hand.

Posted by: cllrdr | February 9, 2010 10:12 AM
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i hope she does run for prez and win cuz she'll quit in two year. Maybe 1 and 1/2 to keep the proportion about right.

Posted by: anonymous3 | February 9, 2010 9:49 AM
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And Howie et al foam at their rabid mouths over Sarah - knowing that in a one-on-one contest with "The One", she would clean his clock. The arrogant, Mussolini-chinned empty suit currently infesting the White House has shown himself to be a sophomoronic, anti-American marxist who is determined to make the USA a third-rate, impoverished, weak-militaried country. So good luck, Sarah - - you'd be a far better President than the current schmuck.

Posted by: segeny | February 9, 2010 9:39 AM
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We had eight years of George W. Bush, a transparently hollow man, so I'm taking the vacuous Sister Sarah very seriously. Americans have come a long way down the road to our current state of de-evolution (texting while driving? obesity epidemics?) and many of us vote for the regular guy that you'd want to have a beer with or the pit bull hockey mom. It doesn't take genuine substance to get elected in America. It takes an Academy Award level performance as a "regular" person, just another working class stiff fed up with DC just like you are. And then when they're in, the Cheney's and Rumsfeld's and Summers and Rubin's take over. And the curtain remains closed on how our country really operates. I shudder to think of the kind of people that Sarah would turn us over to.

Posted by: curtb | February 9, 2010 9:18 AM
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The woman is a dunce!!.. if this is the best repubs have to offer as preidential material then I say bring her on!!.. repubs are morons!

Posted by: VietVet68 | February 9, 2010 9:16 AM
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I'm not even close to being one the "faithful" for Ms. Palin, but this blog post is utter nonsense. She was the Governor of Alaska. Regardless of when she left, or the reasons why, that certainly qualifies as "leadership credentials" - arguably more so that our current president's resume.

There are lots of legitimate reasons for being against Ms. Palin. This is not one of them.

Posted by: mikem1 | February 9, 2010 9:00 AM
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Reason, planning, being able to recite articles of the Constitution, has nothing to do with any of this.Check out Mickey Mouse.
A government leadership position could be more hindrance than help to her in this distracted age of government bashing. If she is perceived as leading the way for a disorganized republican party that will suffice for leadership for many people.
I don't think she is going to get any where with her Presidential aspiration, or the Republican nomination, but I have learned that there is no lower bound to the foolishness people are capable of.
Enjoyed Gardner's writings on multiple intelligence. Wonder how that squares with
No Child Left Behind variants.My guess is, not very well !

Posted by: steveandjanereed1 | February 9, 2010 8:52 AM
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Sarah is mostly interested in enriching Sarah's coffers. Running for office - any office - would mean having to actually produce - and she's not intersted in that. Look carefully at the people paying to hear her speak, they think she's cute. I don't think she's dumb at all, but she's not a scholar either and the prospect of her speaking for us is frightening. right now she's grabbing for the brass ring for her and her family.

Posted by: seriouslywondering | February 9, 2010 8:41 AM
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To the Sarah faithful:
I have some great swamp land for you here in Florida for you to buy to fund your retirement.
Think you might have buyer's remorse when you find out what you've really got?
Fuggedaboutit - just trust me and my marketing skills!

Posted by: colton | February 9, 2010 8:15 AM
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I hope she does run for the democrats sake

Posted by: johnstrack1 | February 9, 2010 8:11 AM
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My guess is that Sarah Palin could not identify the subject matter of the first three articles of the US Constitution she is so concerned about defending.

Posted by: judy64 | February 9, 2010 7:58 AM
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