It would be absurd for me to diagnose Sarah Palin with a sprained ankle, let alone any sort of mental illness.
I think politics is like an X-ray machine: Everything is found out eventually.
A life in politics is for people who know themselves and know where their own line is between loyalty and honesty.
A lot of newsrooms have thought very carefully about how they cover race. I don't think the same conversations have gone on regarding women.
Campaigns bring out the warriors in everybody.
I am not someone who throws around the word 'self-esteem.' It is a fictional description.
I don't think that a woman in politics exists or thrives on her own.
I like and respect Elisabeth Hasselbeck so much. I'm from a political party that represents half the country.
I never really thought that anyone thought there was just one kind of Republican woman.
I worked for Sarah Palin. I have the political staffer version of P.T.S.D., so whenever I hear that she's breaking her silence, my heart stops.
I'm not a fan of identity politics.
Republicans have said much worse things about me than any Democrat ever has.
Sometimes with the Palins, it's exactly what it looks like.
The two pillars of winning the presidency are being a strong leader and being someone who understands us and our problems.
There are probably many, many people who are better writers than me.
During the day, I don't read too much of the blog traffic, but then at night, I read transcripts of all of the network packages, and then I watch the wires and some of the political blogs.
Everybody wants to do 'The View.' It's this iconic show. When I worked at the White House, I used to watch the beginning to see what they were talking about. If a political topic was on their radar, I used it as ammunition with the president or the White House staff.
I didn't have a special secret about Sarah Palin. I just had a feeling and some concerns. Her blank stares and her lashing out in some interviews, I think, gave voters pause about her, too.
I love Carly Fiorina's fire; she's feisty as heck. She really seems to fearlessly take the fight right to the doorstep of the Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
I was very much inspired by the things that I'd seen and done in politics, but I was also desperate for a complete departure from the reality of my political experience. 'It's Classified' and my previous book 'Eighteen Acres' are both works of fiction, but if they do seem realistic, it's by design.