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September 29, 2008 at 4:34 PM

Sarah Palin interview with Katie Couric

Think before you speak, Sarah

With all the coverage of Sarah Palin’s interview with Katie Couric, I find myself in discussions with many women who don’t support Gov. Palin but nonetheless “feel sorry for her” because she was obviously ill-prepared and uncomfortable.

I don’t feel sorry for Palin. She has sold herself as a conservative feminist and is responsible for making mature decisions.

Sen. Barack Obama reportedly did a lot of soul-searching before deciding to run in 2008. He had been advised that he needed to wait and accumulate more experience. He ultimately decided that this election was a unique moment. He had sufficient understanding of the problems of this country to be president and to lead the country in trying times.

When asked to be a candidate for vice president, Palin should have done some soul-searching as well. If she had “blinked,” she might well have judged that she was not ready. So really, her VP candidacy represents two important failures of judgment — hers and Sen. John McCain’s

— Anne Trench, Seattle

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