Palin title fight

Get ready for a pile of new books about the famous VP candidate


Palin title fightNo one and nothing polarizes her nation—you betcha!—like Sarah Palin. Even Barack Obama, who has admirers loving enough to hand him a Nobel Peace Prize for good intentions alone and enemies virulent enough to deny he’s a legitimate President at all, can’t match the contrasting depths of adulation and vitriol Palin invokes. In the four days between John McCain choosing the unknown Alaska governor as his running mate in late August 2008 and her speech to the Republican convention, Palin utterly (if temporarily) transformed the presidential election campaign. Anti-abortion and pro-gun, a moose-hunting Christian hockey mom, she seemed to supporters to radiate with what one called the same raw political talent “we hated and admired in Bill Clinton.” The vice-presidential candidate galvanized her party’s conservative base and gave the Republicans a bounce in the polls. Political opponents, especially women, reacted with fear and loathing to the perceived threat. Heather Mallick, writing on the CBC website, was hardly beyond the pale of standard anti-Palin rhetoric when she sniffed at Palin’s “porn actress look” while condemning her for “terrible” parenting.

A year later, astonishingly little has changed. Palin remains intensely newsworthy. The handful of special elections held this year were scrutinized in light of how they might influence her chances for the Republican nomination in 2012. The ramblings—and upcoming Playgirl appearance—of Levi Johnston, the self-described “f–kin’ redneck” father of Palin’s grandson who is now estranged from the Palin family, are parsed primarily in terms of whether they inspire ridicule or sympathy for Palin. And her eagerly awaited autobiography, scheduled for release on Nov. 17, has enough pre-orders to rank No. 2 on Amazon.com’s bestseller list. Publisher Harper-Collins is guarding the text as closely as if it were a new Da Vinci Code.

That’s not the only Dan Brown touch. On Nov. 16 Palin will appear on Oprah, her nation’s true mark of celebrity arrival. And not only is Tina Fey rumoured to be dusting off her red Palin suit for new Saturday Night Live skits, the burgeoning Palin publishing industry has been busy. Palin’s own Going Rogue: An American Life is matched with the essay collection Going Rouge: An American Nightmare. They have similar titles and similar covers: a smiling Palin, in trademark red, looks off into the distance—but on Rogue the backdrop is white clouds in a blue sky, while on Rouge black clouds flash lightning. Rouge comes out the same day as Rogue. Arriving earlier are Matthew Continetti’s pro-Palin tome, The Persecution of Sarah Palin—which also has a red-clad Palin on the cover—and Sarah From Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Superstar by Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe, two reporters who followed her campaign. The latter is the only work with even a pretense of neutrality—not to mention a dust jacket with Palin dressed in something other than red.

The writers offer mostly renewed takes on old flashpoints. Continetti’s fan letter hits a few reasonable notes—yes, Palin’s flute-playing act during the 1984 Miss Alaska beauty pageant is part of the reason her nomination outright horrified urban sophisticates—but has no answer for those who felt she was, if not evil incarnate, clearly not up to the job. As for Going Rouge, it’s most interesting for showing how many opponents, again particularly women, remain locked in Mallick-level rage. Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, writes bizarrely about her “Sarah Palin nightmares”—in one of them, Palin and her friends “wore the claws of drowned and starved polar bears around their necks”—while JoAnn Wypijewski, noting that “a man fiddling with his wedding ring in the presence of another woman” is clearly up to no good, says McCain was doing just that as he introduced his VP choice.

The temperature is considerably lower in Conroy and Walshe’s work. They keep the focus on her weaknesses—including an overweening self-confidence that, they say, won’t permit her to admit she has things to learn before tackling the presidency—and her strengths. Palin far outstrips other Republicans in her ability to draw crowds, raise money and start a national uproar over “death panels” via her Facebook page. She clearly has an intuitive understanding of the fears and hopes of millions of Americans: come Nov. 17, as the Sarah Palin Circus, Part II, gets rolling, the burning political question will be whether her memoir adds or detracts from that connection.


Palin title fight

  1. Pass~!

    I have to say she is easy on the eyes. Much better than Clinton, male and female.

  2. Hmmm, books on Sarah Palin. Sounds like Terry Pratchett's next Disc World novel is coming out.

  3. I don't dislike Palin but the U.S. does not need another leader who is not qualified to lead, we have at least 3 more years of the one we have now. My wife was born in Canada, can we move up there if he gets elected again?

    • No you cannot move here!!

    • Welcome.

    • We'd gladly have you on the condition that you spend a few years educating yourself on how the rest of the world operates and leave your attitude at the border.

    • Wow, talk about preconceived notions!

  4. Evil incarnate? No, I'd expect evil incarnate to speak coherently on world issues. Or on any subject, really.

  5. blabla

  6. On behalf of the American people I would like to apologize for Sarah Palin. On a more serious note, I think she's proof that many sectors of American society have decided to embrace mediocrity and look down on achievement. Palin is nothing more than whiote trash's answer to gangsta rappers.

    • Perhaps, you should be apologizing for Obama.

  7. I find it absolutely fascinating the way the MSM is so undone by Palin – they are both aggressive and passive-aggressive in their hate – they betray their snobbism; they betray their spitefulness, and most emphatically, they betray the fact that the MSM are populated mostly by adolescents who are taken with name calling – reminds me of the horrors of high school. Yeah like that's a group of people I'm going to listen to on anything.

    • No different from the name calling Palin herself engages in. Sure, there is a hefty dose of snobbism in the way people judge her. But it's not just snobbery. It's that she CAN BARELY FORM A COHERENT SENTENCE and is *proud* of her ignorance on the issues. That is what's appalling about her. Being proud of being one of the "regular folks" is well and fine, but it doesn't automatically mean she should be treated with kid gloves over her actual (non) qualifications for the job of President.

  8. What does one do with a rogue elephant?

    By Stephen Benedetti

    November 20, 2009

    Ultimately, Going Rogue goes rogue as a political memoir, demonstrating what can only be described as a persistent and guileless lack of knowledge of even basic foreign-policy or domestic political issues. It is what we might have expected from Palin. And it is much less than anyone should expect of a candidate for one of the most powerful offices on Earth.

  9. This is where the Republican party has ended up: supporting an ignorant buffoon who believes in the End Times and speaking in tongues while deriding some of the best and most successful strategies for scientific research.

    We are in real trouble because we know dyslectic idiots can be elected for two consecutive terms in the U.S. We have cause to worry. She is just George W Bush with heels and lipstick.

  10. Clearly most of the commenters on this article reflect the hate of the MSM – very unbecoming – I think your high schools are calling you to return!

    • Keep it up vicitm Maureen, I hope your "poor us the MSM hates us" Kool Aid tastes delicious. Drinking Kool Aid is always more fun that self examination.

  11. Sarah Palin,was a good basketball player,smart student,beautiqueen contestant,mayor and governor.ran for vice president of the USA and now a best selling author plus a wife and mother too. Sarah is a tough and smart fine woman-left wing media fears her book!.

    • She attended five different colleges over six years receiving a single degree (journalism).
      When interviewed, she was unable to explain Bush's foreign policy principles commonly called the "Bush Doctrine.
      On Oct 20th, 2008 when asked by a student what the Vice President does, Palin erroneously replied: "They're in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes
      A Fox News reporter revealed that Sarah Palin, in preparing for the VP debate, didn't know that Africa was a continent and what countries were in NAFTA
      She lied about death panels being created with the proposed health care reform.
      You cannot fix stupid.

  12. The MSM. Ah yes. Well before all you cheerleaders start raining Pulitzers and Nobels their way, please try and remember this: the longest uninterrupted commercial-free broadcast in CNN's history wasn't the bombing of Baghdad, nor the Indian Ocean Tsunami, nor the death of any president, nor the Haiti earthquake. No. The longest uninterrupted commercial-free broadcast in CNN's history, was when a giant-boobed 90 IQ gold-digging bimbo named Anna Nicole Smith managed to kick in Mexico. CNN's wake ran for hours and hours, while NBC ran a similar 2 hour segment without interruption, with ABC and CBS up there chomping at the bit too. Forget all this Sarah Palin nonsense. If you want some really IMPORTANT NEWS, get off your keyboard and go park yourself in front of a TV.

  13. Sarah Palin is an artist now? I couldn't agree more with you pogomutt. Very well said there.

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