Sarah Palin has certainly brought energy and youth to the Republican ticket. And wanting to buck the Washington system is refreshing. I am proud to be an independent thinker, not an R or a D. The obvious answer for me this year is Obama, as we can not take a chance of things remaining the same as the last horrible eight years. Were Palin to become president, her rigid views on abortion and gay rights would prove disastrous should she name a Supreme Court Justice.
Sarah Palin is the mother of five children, at least two of whom will need her in very special ways in the next few years. They chose to have their Down's syndrome infant. She and her husband are to be commended for their strength and long-term commitment to this new life. He will require many therapies and interventions to maximize his abilities. Dad can help, nannies and siblings can help, but what about the commitment Sarah made to this child? Her pregnant daughter, whether married or not, will need her parents to help with child care as she attempts to work and or pursue schooling. As vice president she will hardly be available to "be there" for her son and daughter.
And what about the other three children? No matter how much women want to have and do it all, it is not possible. The answer Sarah Palin should have given John McCain was, "I am honored, but the time isn't right for me now. My family needs me."