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Slade Gorton

A former U.S. Senator and Washington State Attorney General, Slade Gorton served on the 9/11 Commission.

Senator Palin, maybe

It is difficult to burnish leadership credentials when one holds no position in which those credentials can be demonstrated. Her resignation as governor of Alaska was, at least at the time, an indication that Sarah Palin did not intend to run for president; it is perhaps more likely that she will be a candidate for senator at some future election, a race in which she might well be a distinct favorite. In the meantime, she will continue to do what she does best: rally the enthusiasm of her myriad of admirers and continue to cause her liberal critics to froth at the mouth at every possible opportunity.

By Slade Gorton

 |  February 9, 2010; 5:59 AM ET
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Sarah Palin is a great cheerleader. But let's face it, she ain't no quarterback.

Too bad we just can't bench her so we won't have to listen to her unremitting complaints about the coach without a having a game plan of her own.

Posted by: HiloBob | February 11, 2010 3:47 PM
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I agree she needs to burnish her credentials and a couple of terms as senator would certainly help. She is obviously a bright and capable woman, but I feel if she truly wants to lead the country she will have to educate herself on issues of foreign policy. She was a great governor and experience governing is important for a president. But a president should also be well versed in foreign policy and international affairs and I feel in this aspect she is sorely lacking. A couple of terms as a successful voice in the Senate, would certainly bolster her credentials for the position of President. At present, she may be popular with the Tea-bag group, but I don't see her as electable.

Posted by: Niamb | February 11, 2010 10:42 AM
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"Why do Republicans publish their ignorance?"

Posted by: austininc4 | February 10, 2010 10:48 PM
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"Why do Republicans publish their ignorance?"

Posted by: austininc4 | February 10, 2010 10:47 PM
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I think that many people consider Senatorial candidates more closely than they do Presidential candidates, that they're relatively content looking at sound bytes and chrisma in a President, someone more global or overarching, whereas they look for competency and substance from a Senator, someone who specifically represents their interests (not the interests of the country as a whole.

If Ms. Palin ran for the Senate seat, she would be more closely looked at with the view of what can and what will she do for Alaskans. What will she return to the State? They will not vote for a senatorial candidate asking themselves, how will she best serve the nation?

I think she would have an easier time winning the nomination for the presidency than winning a Senate seat.

Posted by: XMinusOne | February 10, 2010 9:38 PM
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Burnishing credentials that she doesn't have - what's a body to do? Palm reader on Fox news? Homeland Security post and a pair of binoculars? Tea party hostess?

Posted by: tm13 | February 10, 2010 2:54 PM
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Wow! An entire myriad of followers. What would the budget deficit look like after a myriad of wars? A myriad of dollars?

Posted by: tm13 | February 10, 2010 2:23 PM
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Typical republican logic: she's too much of an idiot to be president - so maybe a senator... Frothing at the mouth? What orifice did you pull that out of?

Posted by: tm13 | February 10, 2010 2:07 PM
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Typical republican logic - she's too much an idiot to be president - so maybe a senator... Frothing at the mouth? What orifice did you pull that out of?

Posted by: tm13 | February 10, 2010 2:00 PM
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Like F8FUL, I think the image of Palin's critics frothing at the mouth reveals just how much Gorton doesn't get it. I responded to a comment on a previous article which accused Palin's critics of foaming at the mouth. Frothing, foaming . . . If by that you mean a determined resistance to her becoming POTUS, then count me in as a "frother" or a "foamer." Beats being a "birther."

The only FEAR she instills is me is the prospect of her having the reigns of power, particularly having her finger on the nuclear button. But FEAR of her as a candidate? Hell, no. Bring her on. Please. And let her debate Obama.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | February 10, 2010 12:54 PM
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It's very RETRO thinking that you need to hold political office to be elected to political office or to have national influence.

Ms. Palin is operating as a Community Organizer on a massive scale.

She is communicating very effectively to voters via the Internet and Cable media. What would being a Senator add to that mix?

If she becomes a Senator from Alaska, she'll become bogged down in bringing Federal money back to Alaska, which is a basic aspect of being an Alaskan Senator, because of the unique relationship Alaska and the Federal government have regarding defense, natural resources and the environment. Playing that role would undermine her national influence.

Ms. Palin is blazing a new trail for leadership.

Becoming a Senator would be a step down for her national influence.

Posted by: jfv123 | February 10, 2010 10:24 AM
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Froth at the mouth? Only if laughter evokes frothing. Palin is the punch line to the joke the Republicans represent at this time.

Posted by: f8ful | February 9, 2010 3:38 PM
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