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Whether Palin is capable or not of being vice-president while raising five children is besides the point. The electorate should concentrate on much more serious issues. All this sudden infatuation for a woman whose experience consists of four years on the city council and six years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, and 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people is astounding. But it becomes truly scary when one considers that this woman wants to impose her religious and ethical beliefs upon the rest of us, that she lies as well as any of the Bush cronies, that she has a history of rewarding her closest friends while waging a vindictive war upon those who dare to question her judgment, that she will not rest until the women’s wombs become the property of the government, that she would gladly put your daughter in jail if she tried to have an abortion (along with her doctor, of course, even in the case of rape).

This woman brings to mind a comment I heard long ago: “If the devil were to try to seduce you, would he have a red face, horns, and hoofs? Of course not, he would be handsome and charming.” For the moment, Palin seems to have seduced a number of Americans who can’t see beyond her pretty face, including former Hillary Clinton supporters who don’t seem to understand that Palin and Clinton have nothing in common except their sex. Let us hope they wake up before it’s too late. We are just coming out of eight nightmarish Bush years, and presidential candidate McCain went along with the Bush policies 90 percent of the time. Palin is the necessary distraction to this crucial fact. Are we again going to put the fox in the chicken coop? As Truman said: “How many times must you be hit over the head before you realize that it hurts?”

-- Odile Ayral - San Luis Obispo

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