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Palin will bring change

I grew up in Georgia, a heavily “red” state, and now live in California, generally regarded as “blue.” I appreciate that diversity and its influence in my political thinking. Though I’m a prior supporter of both Ross Perot and Al Gore, in this election I’m backing John McCain. I think his leadership ability speaks for itself, and Sarah Palin’s addition to the team confirmed it.

As a female small business owner, I appreciate Gov. Palin’s credentials. I admire the balance she’s achieved between career and family. She strikes me as a genuine, honest person ” the kind we need in Washington, particularly following the recent criminal behavior around our current economic mess.

Leadership is not a popularity contest. It requires tough decisions that may not be “cool” but are in the highest good. Martin Luther King said it best: “Many people fear nothing more terribly than to take a position which stands out sharply and clearly from the prevailing opinion. The tendency of most is to adopt a view that is so ambiguous that it will include everything and so popular that it will include everybody.” King never questioned his convictions, and he stood by them under pressure.

Palin’s performance under pressure also is impressive. In Thursday’s debate, Gov. Palin proved herself a graceful competitor. When was the last time you’ve seen a civil debate? Change isn’t coming ” she’s already here.

An 80 percent approval rating is no accident. I also lived in Vail, a small ski town, so I know the special challenges that small-town politics create. They aren’t changed without the will of the people. Palin saw the needs of Alaskans and met them, whether it meant tackling corruption in government or corporations. And the people of Alaska got a check in the mail.

And when we talk about experience, I think it’s important to consider not just how long one does the job, but how well. How did they respond to challenges? What did they learn? And how valuable were those experiences in shaping their character?

I don’t agree with McCain and Palin on every issue, and I think that’s healthy. I’m an independent thinker. Yes, I am a small town girl, and like Sarah Palin, I speak with an accent, am good with a pistol, and love my family and community. I also attended an Ivy League school, moved to LA, and self-financed my own business. So I know it’s possible to defy a stereotype and change the status quo, because I’ve done it.

McCain-Palin earns my vote for the same reason ” an independent spirit and determination to change the status quo when it no longer serves us.

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