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Mayoral duties

In my continuous efforts to figure out how exactly Sarah Palin is qualified to run anything other than an Applebee's, or perhaps a small chain of photo huts, I came across this article on The Huffington Post entitled, "The Worst Vice-Presidential Nominee in U.S. History."

Despite its title, Robert Elisberg gave Palin credit for many things, far more credit than perhaps you might think for a writer who appears regularly in The Huffington Post. My favorite part of the piece is this, which details the "first two 'powers and duties' for the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska," the town Palin was the mayor of before she became the Alaskan governor less than two years ago.

1. Preside at council meetings. The mayor may take part in the discussion of matters before the council, but may not vote, except that the mayor may vote in the case of a tie

2. Act as ceremonial head of the city

To be fair, that's a decent description of the vice presidency. But when your presidential running mate is a 72-year-old cancer survivor, the rules change. I'll end with a quote from the article summarizing one of the reasons (but not the best reason according to Elisberg) that Palin is a lousy VP pick.

"If you live in small town America (and I mean really, really small), look around you and be honest - do you see your mayor...as a heartbeat from the presidency in 18 months?"