The former Alaska governor and VP candidate sat down with PEOPLE on Nov. 14 to answer some reader questions – such as that from Samantha Harris, of Boca Raton, Fla., who wrote that the man she's dating "doesn't believe in politics because it doesn't affect him. Do you think this is a deal-breaker?"
Answered Palin, "The deal-breaker is that he may not be that sharp a cookie. Politics affects every aspect of our lives."
Asked if she might do her best Fey impression and declare, "Deal-breaker," Palin half-shrieked and half-giggled before responding, "I can't! I can't! That was a funny, funny episode, though."
What she would do, however, is tackle other things PEOPLE readers want to know. Among them:
As a military wife, and mother of two special-needs children, I wonder what you can recommend to keep my sanity during the long deployments with two children who are very trying at times. – Erin Pruneda, Ft Campbell, Ky.
Oh, man. That just gives me goosebumps. See, these gals have it so much tougher than I did. Looking back 18,19 years ago, when Track and Bristol were tiny, and Todd would be on the slope [oil fields], there were some days I felt sorry for myself. I had nothing to whine about when I compare that situation to the military wives and husbands whose spouses are deployed. The sanity is sweat – going out for a walk or a run and taking the kids with you so that they realize that these fun physical activities are good for them, too.
Were your children glad that you resigned as governor? – Phyllis Zimmerman, Harrisburg, Penn.
The kids recognized – especially Track – that I could fight for them, their future and America's future without needing a title. I never bring home work or political burdens. The kids couldn't escape all the political shots, though, because they took them, too. But they're thick-skinned and they're strong and independent. We're a team in this, so at the end of the day, they're just fine.
If you could have one job in the White House tomorrow, what would it be? – Alisha Cordoncillo, Copperas Cove, Tex.
It would be chief of staff, so I could start appointing people who would recognize those things that America needs to get our economy back on the right track and to secure our nation.
How is your daughter Bristol doing as a young mother? – Marci Griffith, Gilbertsville, Penn.
She's spectacular. She's amazing. Still doesn't get a lot of sleep because Tripp is a light sleeper through the night and Bristol's got him all the time. But she's going to college, she's working and taking care of the baby. She's got her hands full. But very, very strong, very optimistic. She teaches me good lessons through all of this, too. She keeps things in perspective. She is realizing that her good decisions today will bear fruit, perhaps years down the road, but she's seeing now that it's worth it to take the high road when it comes to the [custody] controversy with Levi [Johnston] and him doing his porn stuff [posing for Playgirl]. It's all about the baby, it's all about what he is going to grow up with, and she knows she has to pull even more weight to make sure Tripp has a good upbringing. That's why she's getting her college education, plus working. She's quite independent, wants to make sure she's paying for Tripp, all the diapers and formula. That is her commitment.