I still get a lot of questions about what I think of Sarah Palin. Here it is:
Based on what I have seen so far, I think if I knew her personally, we would get along fine. Though our political views are very different, I can handle that. I don't choose my friends based on political views and I have many friends whose views are different than my own. She seems feisty and has the ability to pull off sarcasm, which I like. She is a little too "cutesy" at times with the winking and the finger waving and the "betchas" type of comments, but I can deal with that, too. If she were a friend of mine, I would just tell her to STOP DOING THAT!
Does it bother me that she was found to have "abused her power" in the governor's office? Yes. Enough that I wouldn't vote for her IF I was going to vote for her? Probably not. But I am NOT going to vote for that ticket, so I guess at this point, it's not really an issue for me. If they win, then maybe I will be a little more concerned about what else she and her husband might do that is "out of bounds". This appears to be a situation where a personal family matter worked its way into how she was performing her job, what decisions she made and how she handled her authority over others. And I do agree that is wrong.
Do I think she is qualified? No. Not because she is "inexperienced". I think any governmental position requires a lot of "on the job training". Though it would be nice if she had at least stepped foot into Congress to see how it works, and maybe she has and I am unaware, but I still don't think it's a requirement. I think she isn't qualified because I am not convinced she is smart - not book smart, not common sense smart, not smart. Don't translate that into I think she is dumb, because I don't think she is that either. I am just not convinced she has the brain power to pull off being second in command of this country, and very possibly, president.
Do I think it's wrong for her to be running for this office with her current family situation - the mom to five, one with Down's Syndrome, one unwed mom to be daughter? NO. NO. NO. Has a man ever been criticized for this? Maybe, but not nearly as often as women and it is WRONG! She will be able to bring Down's Syndrome to national and international attention. She may even be able to afford help/services for this child that she would not be able to do if she's not VP. Her daughter is already pregnant. Staying home now is not going to resolve that. Just because she might be in the office of VP does not mean she won't be able to support her daughter through all of this. And come ON. Maybe Mr. Palin is the type of father who does/can/will provide all of the same benefits as a mom.