A few years ago, my life almost revolved around politics. As a state government reporter, I spent most of my time around politicians. I knew the issues. I understood the process. And I knew many government officials personally.

Maybe I understood politics a little too well. Since becoming a stay-at-home mom, I have pretty much tuned out politics. I have become so disinterested in that world that it’s hard to believe it was ever such a big part of my life.

But suddenly, I’m interested in politics again.

Did you watch Sarah Palin give her speech at the Republican National Convention? I can’t remember the last time I listened to a female speaker who inspired me. I wasn’t embarrassed for her. I wasn’t wondering how she would handle her critics. She drew me in, and I didn’t want to just turn her off and tune her out.

I’m not saying that I agree with everything about her.

But I do like her style. She took on Obama without seeming whiny. She’s strong, gutsy, dynamic and, yes, … inspiring. I have never wanted a woman in an elected position because of her gender. But I am intrigued by watching such a strong political force who is a woman.

I spent some time this morning reading the reviews of her speech… trying to catch up on her stand on the issues. That’s something I haven’t done in a long time.

This stay-at-home, minivan-driving mom is actually excited about politics again.

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