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With all due respect, I think Ms. Pollitt is exceedingly partisan and unfair.

Palin may be provincial, may not have a first-rate, Ivy League education, but she is incredibly charismatic, courageous and appealing.

Her positions are, frankly, simply center-right mainstream positions. She never offered to ban books or does she believe in creationism. More lies have been spread about her than any candidate in history. She is so "aburd" that she has been offered in toto close to $100 million in speaking fees, and she is the only Republican on the stage now who seems to inspire real passion among Republicans outside the few elitists like David Brooks, who isn't really a Republican and certainly not conservative.

What does Pollitt hate so much about her? That she is prolife, like 51 percent of the country? That she was appalled by the media and her own campaign refusal to take Obama to task for Reverend Wright?

Let's face it. If she had aborted her last child and had a D after her name, Pollitt would have liked her. She did not govern Alaska from the right. In fact, she was very centrist. I wonder if Pollitt's ilk hates her because she is gorgeous. I have never been able to figure out the obsession.

lee tabin

Highland Park, IL

Nov 28 2009 - 8:47am

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Wow, that was the most amazingly sexist, horrible column I have read on Sarah. Her husband makes less money than her? Shame on you. As a physician and mother of 6, I easily out-earn my husband, but I never realized that was a negative in the world of woman libs. Hate her ideas if you must, hate her politics if you must, but do not become the stereotypical catty (meeeoooowww) female we have all worked so hard to refute. Shame on you! I was mortified to read that column regarding Sarah Palin. You reveal yourself as a knee-jerk partisian. By the way, I have six kids and earn way more than my husband. I thought that was what the '70s and liberalism was all about. Hmm?

ellen vanlaanen

Iron Mountain, MI

Nov 28 2009 - 1:07am

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Due to the "winner take all" rules in the Republican primaries, there is an excellent chance Palin will be the 2012 presidential nominee.

The 2010 elections look like the Republicans will take the House and five to eight seats in the Senate and will freeze all of Obama's initiatives.

By 2012, our deficits will be overwhelming. Even if we tax all income above $75K at 100 percent, we will only raise $550 billion--chump change in the face of trillion-dollar deficits.

If Palin stays the course of her conservative positions, she will be viewed as the "stop the insanity, back to basics" candidate and Obama will be positioned as a failed experiment, not to be repeated.

As a registered Democrat for thirty-four years, I am learning to pucker up and say "President Palin."

William Grubbs

Chapel Hill, NC

Nov 27 2009 - 6:52pm

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I think Ms. Pollitt is jealous and intimidated by Sarah Palin. Not only is Palin good-looking, which Katha mocks and should be jealous of, but Palin rose to governorship of the largest state on a Idaho (non-Ivy League) degree, while supporting motherhood, and without the help of a rich father/husband. If left alone in the woods, she'd survive, whereas Ms. Pollitt would most likely become food.

Reference "political Barbie" and try to destroy her all you want. It won't change the fact that Sarah Palin is not stupid, and is not going away.

Do I want her for president, not really, but she could do less damage then The One.

Sad article.

Neil Barrett

Sierra Vista, AZ

Nov 27 2009 - 5:38pm

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When was the last time you ran a marathon, Katha? Last time I checked, shorts were the standard attire for people who run. Michelle Obama can run around in spaghetti straps and sleeveless outfits and she's not accused of slutty behavior, but Sarah Palin is. I don't get it. Liberals such as yourself see Sarah as slutty and Michelle as stylish. And yet their manner of dress is not really that different. In fact, I would say Governor Palin dresses the more conservatively of the two. The difference is, Sarah Palin looks a lot better in a business suit than the vast majority of us.

She doesn't wear more makeup than a lot of "normal" women I work with or go to church with. Your idea of her radical religion is the way huge swaths of Americans worship every Sunday. This isn't really about Sarah Palin at all. This is about the intolerance of the left.

Sarah Palin doesn't bring up the timeline of her daughter's pregnancy, the press does. She never gave anyone any reason to doubt her son was her own child, the press came up with that. She was in a beauty contest when she was 19, the press obsesses with that, but seems rather nonchalant about our president's account of snorting cocaine and smoking pot in his college years.

Sarah Palin is simply a commonsense conservative. And rather than argue the pros and cons of the conservative political ideology, the press obsesses on her personal life. A life that most of us find rather ordinary. Most of us have or know someone with an unwed teenage mom. Many of us have son-in-laws that are useless. Most of us work full time while trying to raise our kids. Most of us have a family member that we must care for, either a child or a parent.

The longer Governor Palin is out there, the more and more normal she seems and the less and less the radical press will be able to sell their mantra of extremism.

On the other hand, our current president? We're really starting to find out how extreme he is, aren't we?

Dr. Vicki Wicker

Searcy, AR

Nov 27 2009 - 1:22pm

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Pollitt's last column on Palin? If I were a betting man, I'd wager on the opposite. I think we'll hear more from Palin, given how popular she has become.

John D. Froelich

Upper Darby, PA

Nov 27 2009 - 1:07pm

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You are fooling yourself if you think that this is the last article that you will write about Sarah. I mean, you guys wrote a book mocking her book. Not exactly mature, by the way. Sarah Palin is like crack for you people. By the way, not all leaders have to look like Golda Meir. She can be beautiful, sexy and have great legs and still be able to lead the free world. Something you will find out very soon. Sarah Palin is leading a movement as we speak. She will be unstoppable in '12.

Kristy Patullo

Smithfield, RI

Nov 27 2009 - 10:08am

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While you seem to dislike all the snarky articles about Palin, you write another one. Every time one of you self-proclaimed media superior thinkers call Palin ignorant, you make more fans for her. This is a women that rose from nowhere to become a governor of a state and to be seen as a respected governor at that. Give her her due and move on and that will be the end of her. Act superior, and you just make her more and more important.

wayne place

Pittsburgh, PA

Nov 27 2009 - 9:10am

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Less than a year ago, Pollitt wrote that if one was sick of reading about women named Rielle, one should elect more women leaders. In addition to trying to kick John Edwards to the curb, she clearly meant that women should be in office because they're women. But that was before Sarah Palin came to the fore. People voted her governor of (the largely socialist) Alaska and we get to read about kids named Track, Trig and Bristol! Consider this and the fact that had a serious presidential contender has a daughter named Chelsea, and I'm only glad I stopped believing that "women hold up half the sky" pap years ago.

I know lots of the snarks laying into Palin lately have pointed out that these photos of her prove that the abstemiousness and continence she and her base advocate are clearly only for others to do. Still, it would have been much more relevant to Palinanity if a Nation columnist had. The fact that the media wouldn't do this to Mike Huckabee or a man is, well, a fart in a tornado.

Douglas Presler

Minneapolis, MN

Nov 25 2009 - 5:35pm