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We've all been waiting to hear more from Sarah Palin. God only knows that the poor woman has not had a chance to make her side of the story known in the media up until now. Just in time for holiday gift giving, we have 400 plus pages that she supposedly received a $5 million advance for from Harper Collins and the most ridiculous title yet, Going Rogue.
"Going rogue" was the term many Republicans and the press began to use for Palin's incredibly undisciplined actions as a Vice Presidential candidate, when she publicly disagreed with McCain and willfully ignored the campaign's strategy. This is apparently something that makes Ms. Palin as proud as a hockey mom at the state championship.
According to the AP report, there are absolutely no revelations in the book, which costs $28 so you better think twice about buying it new. Palin accuses the McCain campaign of sticking her with a $50,000 legal bill for vetting her as a Vice Presidential candidate (note to McCain camp: sue the lawyers who said she was good to go for gross negligence and incompetence). We also find out that the McCain camp kept her "muzzled" about a variety of issues and wouldn't let her speak honestly to the press.
Perhaps the only interesting thing comes from the book publicity campaign. In an upcoming Oprah interview, Palin says that her daughter's baby father, the ever-naked Levi Johnston (who will be posing in Playgirl with nothing but a hockey stick), should come home for Thanksgiving since they're a big loving family and want to bring him back into the fold.
Rolling Out Sarah Palin’s Side of the Story - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com.
We also learn, from Ms. Palin's facebook page, that she has no interest in stopping in them there big cities since those people aren't good ol' down home folks like her (that is, there are people who disagree with her in cities and worse, don't look like her). So instead the entire book tour will played out in small town America, Washington, PA and Roanoake, VA. Sounds like a losing strategy for selling a book to me, but then again, the woman got a $5 million advance, so she's obviously a way more successful writer than I could ever be.
Besides, this is a woman who has built a career on "going rogue," by which she really means appealing to America's most scary populist sentiments- the "close the border with Mexico," deny queers their civil rights, and generally hate people in the cities (i.e. Black and Brown people) sentiments that fueled her candidacy in the first place. Perhaps what Palin should have called her book is "Going Back" to a time when rural, white, and married America ruled the land. But then she probably wouldn't have gotten that huge advance and been able to offer her porn-actor would-be son-in-law a ticket home for the holidays.