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Your letter was profound, Rosanne. Please be scouting other options for those of us holding passports. This election is the most critical yet in our lifetimes. We hope your health is improving day by day. Your kindness made a difference in my life. Blessings,

Le Malone

St Bonaventure Class of '73<br />Camarillo, CA

Oct 25 2008 - 6:11am

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I enjoyed writing this essay tremendously. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the letters here from people who, like myself, find relief from the hysteria of the current election cycle in humor and irony. However, I must take exception to Mr. Maasch of Nebraska's assertion that my father would be embarrassed by my essay, and his assumption that my father would be a supporter of Palin and McCain. Mr. Maasch knows nothing of how my father felt about me, nothing of the dozens of private conversations about politics and world affairs that my father and I had over early morning cups of coffee while watching CNN, and nothing at all about what my father would have thought of the four candidates for office in this election. On the last subject, of course, I also know nothing, since my dad has been dead for five years. I can tell you that he believed a black man would be president in my lifetime, and he said as much to me. I can also say with certainty that I knew my father a hell of a lot better than Mr. Maasch of Nebraska and I would not be so quick to put him on the McCain/Palin bus. I would love at this point to state with all the certainty that Mr. Maasch possesses that dad would be an Obama fan, but I would never be so presumptuous as to state the intentions of a dead man, even if he is my father.

Rosanne Cash

New York, NY

Oct 22 2008 - 10:03pm

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Rosanne, I thoroughly enjoyed your article and was laughing out loud. I am sending it to everyone I know, as I am terrified thatPalin might actually become VP. You, on the other hand, I think would be great as VP. I would watch you on TV and read whatever you wrote, since you are so enjoyable! Thanks, Rosanne!

Becky Bonnette

Pflugerville, TX

Oct 22 2008 - 3:05am

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While I found that little ditty quite humorous, I still wish (with all my heart) that the wealthy entertainers of the world would stop trying to tell me how to vote. Stick to what you're good at, sister! I am a big fan.

I don't mind (at all) you or any entertainer reminding me to vote and the importance of it. But gosh, I sure wish they'd stop telling me who to vote for. I don't try to tell you who to vote for. Leave that up to the media, impartial is what they are supposed to be (slanted is what they appear to be).

Just once, it would be really really great to have a side-by-side comparison of the issues done by a truly impartial person.

Still undecided Texas mother of 5,

Sharra Blair

Rainbow, TX

Oct 22 2008 - 12:54am

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A most witty commentary on the reason we women should all be scared. While I believe everyone has a right to their opinions, no one has a right to my body. My biggest beef (or should I say moose steak?) with Palin is her blind faith in following the same path the Bushes started. Her dangerous tendencies towards pro-life at any cost concern me beyond measure. The election fiascos in 2000, and again, in 2004 are the main reasons I live in Europe. Brava, Rosanne. I'd vote for you any day!

Christine Louise Hohlbaum

http://diaryofamother.blogs.com<br />near Munich, Germany

Oct 21 2008 - 10:35am

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Like so many of you, I am a longtime fan of Rosanne Cash, and I'm not surprised to see that her writing talents extend beyond her beautiful songs I, too, had the desire to leave the country when George W. Bush was re-elected in 2004. For those of us who have endured the disastrous decisions of the last eight years--and saw it coming--I posit that it is precisely because of our love of of country that we make those statements. I am extremely pro-America, and I have been saddened and disgusted watching us slide in our stature in the world. So to the Palin fan in Wasilla, while I may disagree with you politically, I have every right to call myself a member of the base of this country as you do. And it is for the progress of--and my great love for--this counry that I will cast my vote for Obama/Biden.

Mike Boyd

Washington, DC

Oct 20 2008 - 4:19pm

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Sitting in a small "funny country" with "funny money," I'd love to see you as VP instead of Palin. But couldn't you move ahead and go for president? Or is it too late? But you never know. I mean, just think about God's will. It could be great with a singing president instead of a fighting one.

Peter Ostergren

Stockholm, Sweden

Oct 19 2008 - 5:41am

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Rosanne: You totally have my vote! And, if God forbid, you don't get elected and some idiot drops a few ballot boxes into a lake and Obama does not get elected, I look forward to being neighbors in New Zealand.

Honestly, I think my dog Tazzie would make a better vice president than Palin. And the cat agrees on this one.

hannah McKee

Nashville, TN

Oct 17 2008 - 6:49am

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The Palin choice is a sad example of our strange cult of mediocrity and knee-jerk anti-"elitism."

Picture this: you just got into a car accident and you are in the ER. You are told you have a subdural hematoma and need brain surgery. As you lay in your gurney, Joe Sixpack and Jean Hockeymom show up in scrubs. He tells you: "Not to worry. We'll handle it. I'll play the doctor and she'll play the anesthesiologist. We never went to medical school and we're not very smart, but I am a fighter. I am a veteran, and I am going to whack that blood clot right out of your brain if I have to kill you." She smiles helpfully and winks at you: "You won't even feel a thing. I have five kids, can talk my way out of any tough questions and, while I never anesthetized anyone, I am very self-confident! Who needs those educated smartypants MDs who went to Harvard or Hopkins? They are wimpy elitists. We're just regular people like you, and we'll take care of you just fine!" I suspect you would be rather worried about your prospects for survival in the OR, and you would be right to demand a real doctor who has enough education and training to take care of you.

For some reason, we don't expect competence and education from our elected officials as we do from other professionals. We want brilliant doctors, rightly so. We idolize CEOs, based on the theory that they are such geniuses that even if they drive their companies into the ground, they deserve tens of millions of dollars in bonuses. Yet many of us don't find anything wrong with having "regular people" with limited knowledge and qualifications in high elected offices. We are suspicious of candidates who sound too smart, and take a liking to people who sound "folksy." This is how we came to have eight years of a breathtakingly incompetent administration, and that's the card that the McCain campaign played with Palin.

My question is: if it takes intelligence, education and knowledge to run a company or take care of your broken head, why is it acceptable that people of mediocre intelligence and education whose only talent is "political skills"--i.e., BSing their way out of substantive conversations--should be put in charge of the whole country?

It's time to realize that being president, or vice-president, or secretary of state or anything like that is not for the average Joe or Jane. It does require qualifications other than popular appeal and a knack for peppy delivery. My favorite president, Abraham Lincoln, was self-taught, but was a man of enormous intelligence, knowledge and vision, who educated himself because he realized the value of knowledge and competence, far from despising them. He famously said: "Whatever you are, be a good one." We should all want uncommonly talented persons not only in the OR or the boardroom, but above all in the White House.

Lucio Miele

Chicago, IL

Oct 15 2008 - 2:02pm

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Sarah Palin is my governor and was my mayor. While I respect everyone's right to an opinion and enjoyed your article, one thing kept going through my uneducated brain:"The one on the left is on the right." Yes, that's one of Rosanne's daddy's songs. While the article wasn't as vile and mean as most people in the entertainment industries, it was still condescending. I will not be told how to vote by people who haven't a clue how I live.

I am pro-choice, I think marriage should be allowed between two consenting adults and that America is the greatest country in the world. I do not believe in socialism; spreading the wealth to those behind you does not appeal to most Americans. I'm voting for McCain/Palin, and would have regardless of who he picked for VP.

Our boys and girls overseas do not need someone who has association with the likes of Ayers in the White House. This election has become a farce. If you're black and don't vote Obama, you're jealous; if you're white and don't vote Obama, you're racist. It can't just be because you're American and you love your freedoms, believe hard work should be rewarded and that people who work should be allowed to prosper. I'll keep singing Johnny Cash's song until the election's over to drown out the likes of Sandra Berhart, the two Rosies, Matt Damon and too many others to list. By the way, where can people like me run to if Obama wins? We are the base of America, and none of us have the money or means to leave like you all do.

An unqualified mother of 6,

melanie hall

Wasilla, AK

Oct 15 2008 - 1:31pm