Virginia Bianco-Mathis
University professor, author

Virginia Bianco-Mathis

Business department chair of management programs at Marymount University and author of two books on executive coaching.

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Palin pixie dust

Q: Can former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who is hugely popular among conservative Republicans, help her former running mate John McCain hold onto his Arizona Senate seat? How often do proteges eclipse the success of their mentors?

Proteges often eclipse the success of their mentors and good mentors love it when that happens.

It's a hand-over-hand maneuver that doubles one's personal success. A successful protégé reaches down and provides a range of new opportunities for the mentor. It's a wonderful cycle that should be repeated many times throughout one's career.

So, can Sarah Palin help McCain hold on to his Senate seat?

It's a messy time. McCain is accused of being a compromiser by Republican conservatives. He has the threat of a radical conservative breathing down his neck. The Tea Party mess is running amok.

Palin enters and adds to the mix. Interesting drama.

In the short run, I think Palin can help McCain. Unfortunately, I can't fairly answer this question without my bias poking through. In the long run, I think Palin is the best tool the Democrats have for winning.

By Virginia Bianco-Mathis  |  April 1, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  | Category:  Mentors Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The ending was a high truth. Palin is going to be the best tool for preventing any significant shifts in the next elections. It is the best thing for her opposition that she leads her fellow mentally unbalanced and educationally-challenged groupings of dangerous extremists. The will be no repeat of the Newtzi 1994 sweep.

Posted by: revbookburn | April 2, 2010 6:10 PM
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Yes, Sarah Palin is a tool.

Posted by: veerle1 | April 2, 2010 5:57 PM
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Now living in AZ, I look forward to voting AGAINST McShame! As a long-time Indpendent, I might have voted for McShame in the presidential election until he showed his disdain and disrespect for the intelligence of women by choosing an unqualified person as his running mate - thinking that we, as women, would vote for him just because that VP choice was a female.

Posted by: Utahreb | April 2, 2010 12:51 PM
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Clearly, Palin did not help McCain with his presidential campaign because she was too much of a distraction to the McCain message and didn't enhance his conservative credentials with the Republican base. Now, conservatives are again rejecting McCain so his delusional thought is that Palin can "pixie dust" him this time when she didn't before.

But again, she is too much of a distraction with her own agenda. I disagree that McCain was her mentor because he barely knew her when he selected her to run as his VP candidate. What McCain can't seem to understand is that Palin is in it for Palin, nothing more. She couldn't care less about McCain and she makes it obvious.

But now that she has "paid her debt" by appearing with him, he owes her if he somehow pulls out a primary win. Ain't politics grand?

Posted by: Fairfax3 | April 2, 2010 12:32 PM
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Excellent post edarden1.Have you cared to see the language used by left wing supporters against Palin ? I am afraid they have scant regards for Nancy Pelosi's advise.All kinds of obscenities including profanities are being printed against her.She is routinely denigrated for untold reasons.Youtube is full of disparaging videos of Sarah Palin parodies.What is your take on this ? Is it that profanity is impolite if directed against Democrats but perfectly okay if hurled at Mrs. Palin ?

Posted by: subhashisn | April 2, 2010 12:20 PM
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Nancy Pelosi reminded all of us that words have power. That's an important lesson to remember because many of President Obama's detractors are using harsh words to undermine him and his policies.

For instance, anti-Obama anti-liberal anti-Democrat commentators, even in this space have used what my grandmother called "gutter language" as a weapon against their opponents. Such words as "crap" and worse, when referring to The President of the United States drag down the conversation to a level of near thuggery. Those who use such gutter talk appear to want a nasty atmosphere where reasonable discussion cannot take place.

When so-called conservatives and Republicans hurl inflammatory words like "Armageddon" and "Reload" and "secession" their words are like the shoes that an Iraqi journalist hurled at then President Bush.

And the intention is the same, to so pollute civility with antics and mindless opposition that reasonableness and compromise become next to impossible. Such is the reasoning of that murderer, who wanted to disrupt abortion services by killing and intimidation. His shoe was a bullet.

I mention this because the automatic and scripted nature of anti-Obama rhetoric is a barrier to uniting our nation. How can the people subdue their tendency toward mob behavior when words and deeds incite rashness? Misbehavior begins with using gutter language, then escalates.

Pelosi, like my grandmother, hoped to remind us that reckless words are dangerous. It's a lesson not only for Congress but for each of us individually. As she said, "Cut it out!"

Posted by: edarden1 | April 2, 2010 11:39 AM
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North America has come under the vicious influence of left wing activism ( oh sorry extremism ).So, if Muslim clerics in US denounce America and call for its total destruction, they are considered to be pious.However, if a Christ believing, America loving, patriotic lady wants to take her country back from the brinks, she is considered a weirdo.I am a Canadian and am fed up with the same phenomenon prevailing here.Sarah Palin wants oil drilling in US.She is thus a crazy lady!! However, some days back Obama allowed for new offshore drilling, excatly what Sarah has been asking for. Now Obama is being hailed as a hero of American energy policy.Is'nt this strange ?You may have conflicting political viewpoints.But does it mean you can harbour hypocrisy as well?

Posted by: subhashisn | April 2, 2010 9:25 AM
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North America has come under the vicious influence of left wing activism ( oh sorry extremism ).So, if Muslim clerics in US denounce America and call for its total destruction, they are considered to be pious.However, if a Christ believing, America loving, patriotic lady wants to take her country back from the brinks, she is considered a weirdo.I am a Canadian and am fed up with the same phenomenon prevailing here.Sarah Palin wants oil drilling in US.She is thus a crazy lady!! However, some days back Obama allowed for new offshore drilling, excatly what Sarah has been asking for. Now Obama is being hailed as a hero of American energy policy.Is'nt this strange ?You may have conflicting political viewpoints.But does it mean you can harbour hypocrisy as well?

Posted by: subhashisn | April 2, 2010 9:21 AM
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Palin is better than any of the crap that's in Washington now.

Biden mocking Palin,

"Sarah Palin thinks the answer to energy is "Drill, baby, drill," " Biden said at a rally this afternoon. Then he leaned in to the microphone: "It's a lot more complicated, Sarah."

Biden called on Democrats to "join us in teaching a lesson" to a Republican Party he said is promoting "absolutism" and "cannot tolerate any dissent."


Obama to Biden, "Drill Baby Drill" it's not so complicated, Biden

Palin---100
Biden----0

Even though Obama is Lying about this it's still very funny.

Yes, the media will continue to pimp for Obama no matter how non-transparent non-ethical and crappy Obama/Democrats have shown themselves to be.

Posted by: mikeglossy | April 2, 2010 9:09 AM
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Are you as tired of Sarah Palin as I am?

Cliche would paint her in a role as beauty contestant whose gab seems sincere but makes little sense upon examination. Where is the political savvy in her quips, except as a pretty cheer leader whose wit never rises above sarcasm.

If she is simply catty and probably avarice as she grabs big pay checks, then to the media she is catnip.

It is simply not news when Sarah Palin writes on her Facebook page. OMG Facebook she doesn't answer anybody's comment because she won't allow it.

Yeah, I am tired of Sarah Palin's mouth and shrillness; it reminds me of high school. Remember the pretty popular girl who didn't worry about grades, just enough to get by, because what was important was her clique and having a good time? Besides, she knew her looks would land a reasonably rich husband, so why worry.

Truthfully, that girl often grew up and in her maturing became a fine person. It's just that, when you're having fun, why stop. Sarah Palin is having a good old time--entertaining the public, getting paid big time, and facing little responsibility except loyalty to her clique.

Honestly, why can't we move on? I'm just tired of Palin's pageant walking and talking.

Posted by: edarden1 | April 2, 2010 5:38 AM
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