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Is Sarah Palin Qualified to Be Vice President?

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“Do you think that Sarah Palin is qualified to serve as Vice President of the United States?”

This was one of the questions we were invited to weigh in on last week for an online poll conducted by PBS, which I received in e-mails from friends urging me to combat what had clearly been a right wing “yes” campaign.

PBS introduced this poll on September 5 and didn’t, out of respect for user privacy, limit the vote to one per computer until September 23, after which it was removed from the Web site. The poll was, by their own admission, far from scientific, hardly an accurate reflection of Sarah Palin’s credibility. It was more of a popularity barometer. If you got fewer than fifty e-mails begging you to vote, you’re a loser.

I do feel qualified to make a judgment about Sarah Palin’s qualifications, more so than I do about the likelihood of the marriage between Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds lasting, the question posed to me online today.


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