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Nicely writ, Roseanne. Great minds think alike, as I wrote a similar essay over a month ago, which was published on-line and in print in my hometown newsweekly, Mountain Xpress. Here's why I think I'd be a better VP than Ms. Palin. Basically, almost any of the experienced intelligent moms I know would be better choices for America.

Anne Fitten Glenn

Asheville, NC

Oct 14 2008 - 8:47pm

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Couldn't agree with Ms Cash more. But she might want to reconsider where she makes her new home in case Governor Palin does win. Unfortunately for New Zealand, they are on the verge of electing a right-wing government led by a shallow demagogue of their own. Their election is on November 8, so Roseanne could well be looking at getting on another plane before she's over her jetlag. There is no safe haven from the right-wing nutbags!

Jim Welch

Sydney, Australia

Oct 14 2008 - 5:39am

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You'd be welcome here in Australia, Roseanne. Don't move to New Zealand --they talk funny over there!

I must say I was staggered by your revelation that Leonard Cohen is your father!

Geoff O'Connor

Adelaide, South Australia

Oct 14 2008 - 4:39am

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Ah Roseanne, you are as brilliant and funny, as you are talented vocally. My biggest regret is never having had the opportunity to see you in concert. My favorite of your albums, Interiors, is pure poetry and has been with me through good times and bad. Thanks for making me laugh.

And please come to San Francisco. You could do a great and intimate evening at Slim's.

Robin Burton

San Francisco, CA

Oct 14 2008 - 2:21am

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Yay Rosanne! My vote's for you! But if you get in, I beg you, please don't say the word "maverick"!

Thanks from Minnesota! :) (Mother of 3, been out of the country, worked at same company twenty years, four-year degree, able to leap a pile of laundry and baby gate in a single bound to answer the door for the Schwanns Man, worried about gas prices and college fund for kids, and I think being the mom of two teenage daughters should really get me an honorary PHd.)

tonia forscher

Duluth, MN

Oct 13 2008 - 1:40pm

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Simply stated, this lady rocks! Humor aside, she makes more than several cogent points regarding the absurdity of Governor Palin's (and I don't mind calling her governor because she at least earned the title, unlike the current "president" and "vice president" Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney) attempt for our vice-presidency. Her father, in fact, would have seen the absurdity of a Palin candidacy in the very beginning. Johnny Cash may have been one who believed in conservatism, religion and his own take on what patriotism was all about; he also believed in populism and the rights of individuals to live freely from the tyranny of imposed religion. He had no problems aligning himself in song with great artists such as Pete Seeger or Bob Dylan: no shrinking liberal elements were they ever. The point is not to align Rosanne Cash as a Democrat, liberal, Republican, conservative, green, or libertarian but to recognize that she, like so many of us, sees the malfeasance of one who simply cannot cut the mustard in this ever complicated political world. And although I don't know Rosanne Cash, I suspect greatly that she may well believe that this complicated world doesn't really need to be all that complicated if people are simply honest about relationships and exchanges in all facets of life. This is where our political structure and its mechanisms have failed all of us. It is why the duopoly, as Ralph Nader says, is putting us in regression, and why Rosanne Cash may in fact be ultimately moving to New Zealand if Governor Palin gets this gig. Can anyone really blame her?

Riad Mahayni

Richmond , VA

Oct 13 2008 - 12:07pm

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Rosanne, you would, without a doubt, be a better VP than Sarah Palin and I'm betting that your father would agree. And, were he here,he would be smiling that beautiful, famous smile as he read your letter.

You letter is fantastic. Let us hear more from you, please.

Nancy Jarmin

Cashmere, WA

Oct 12 2008 - 10:01pm

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I'm so grateful for people with a great sense of humor during times like these.

I hope Cash is inspired to write more like this. Wouldn't it be fun to see her take on how she'd handle McCain's campaign? Clearly, they need a better strategy.

Victoria Landis

Boca Raton, FL

Oct 11 2008 - 2:07pm

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While fully accepting Ms. Cash's qualifications for the office of Vice President, I respectfully submit that I own a 6-year-old yellow dog who would be better qualified for the the office than Sarah Palin.

As Ms. Cash seems to have the lock on channeling Molly Ivins, I will not elaborate on Dusty's claims to office.

A. J. Martin

Nashville, TN

Oct 11 2008 - 11:05am

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I would submit Johnny Cash would be proud of Rosanne's act of writing a letter to a magazine in a political season and embarassed by the content, the position taken, the premise and the venue... The Nation.

And my guess is he would vote for McCain/Palin, and would, if healthy, have traveled with Palin.

John Maasch

Lincoln, NE

Oct 11 2008 - 12:11am