Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008 | 2:05 a.m.
As a lifelong Democrat since the 1960s, I am voting Republican for the first time in my life. I attended the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago as a delegate from Indiana, but everything since has changed, mainly the quality of executive candidates offered by the two parties.
I struggle with voting for my party’s selected candidates come November because something just doesn’t seem right with these two senators. Then along comes Sarah Palin. I was astonished and mesmerized. This is a true American. Sure, some pundits will try to discredit her with their spin, but I carefully read into both sides of each issue and came to the conclusion that she is as near perfect a candidate as I’ve ever seen.
As far as being unqualified for the vice presidential position, I say nonsense! Let’s face it, in reality, both the presidential and vice presidential positions require on-the-job training because the knowledge required is so vast in so many areas. Every candidate has areas of expertise and other areas of weakness.
This is why there are expert advisers and Cabinet members with precise knowledge in their respective fields to aid the elected executive in intelligent decision-making. Sarah Palin by all definition is a born leader who I feel comfortable will make righteous decisions, and experience will follow.