I seem to be growing into my career in politco stalking. I've had my pic taken with John & Elizabeth Edwards, and Al Franken. Monday night I almost added Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post to the list. She spoke at a local college. Interesting woman - I remember when she was a conservative commentator - she underwent a transformation of attitude that left her doubting the GOP rhetoric and seeing government as an agent of good. Anyway, she had some interesting points - these are not verbatim, just paraphrasing:
"Don't dislike Sarah Palin because of her lack of experience. Plenty of great leaders have little previous experience. Look at Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld - impressive resumes but horrible leaders. I dislike Sarah Palin because she is a know-nothing!"
"Don't listen to polls - it's only a sample of answers from folks who are willing to pick up a phone call from some stranger, and then talk to them"
"The internet has completely changed politics. It's hard for a candidate to run away from quotes and appearances when literally everyone can watch it again and again on youtube. Remember - youtube didn't exist during the 2004 election"
Sadly I didn't get a photo with her - she had to catch a plane. Darn.