Friday, October 02, 2009

Palin Pens Preprint Bestseller?

Bloggers are abuzz with the news. Sarah Palin has rushed publication of her book to reach the stands before the holidays. It is expected to hit the stores November 17th. Reports trickling in show that advance sales have pushed the soon-to-be book to Number One. I suppose on-line places like Amazon are sourcing these reports. And the very amazing thing is that the initial printing will be at 1.5 million copies. Wow!

Her many detractors in media and politics have to be giddy with puzzlement, agonizing on occasion how a blithering and irrelevant idiot (their words) could command such an audience to listen to her on print. And this time not for free, for now they have to shell out almost $30 if bought from a bookstore, or half of the price if ordered on-line. But that is too kind, maybe they are just livid with rage why some nobody like Palin could weave words together and have people read her. Maybe the purchasers are just naïve, or easily manipulated? Or too ideological? But the title of the book suggests she is not beholden to any side.

One hopes that the book is more than just an autobiographical primer of the life of Palin, rather that it should also expose in good prose who Sarah Palin is and what she truly stands for. And some concrete plans on how this country can be put back on track, if perceived to have been derailed. Yes, it ought to contain honest and earnest accounts on the last contentious presidential campaign amidst the many internal controversies and adverse claims between staff and candidates. I hope she truly goes rogue, and expresses what she truly feels and believes about the many events ushering her abrupt debut to the national stage.

If not all these and more, then what is to differentiate it from the two autobiographies penned by the current WH occupant?

It could be judged as too self-serving, or too arrogantly self-assured, as to be both inspirational and humbling.


  1. I'm not a big fan of Sarah. I like most of her ideology and I like most of what she did in Alaska, but she was not ready to be a VP candidate any more than Obama is ready to be president. Why not Elizabeth Dole or Kay Bailey Hutchison if we HAD to have a woman VP to counter black candidate Obama? Sarah is a looker, but looks is why the dems went for Comrade Barry. Why would we do essentially the same cynical thing? And putting forward candidates based mostly on their race or gender shows just as much prejudice as voting against someone for the same reason. Its unsophisticated and dishonest. Having said that, I have nothing against her; I wish her well, but I'll never vote for her.

  2. I have no problem with your analysis of Palin, Phil. I myself doubt that we will be voting again for her at the national level anytime soon. She will have to form her own party to force herself into the limelight of a presidential election.

    I surmise that she will continue with the current role she is playing and continue to feel the pulse of the electorate and to build up her constituency. But right now one is hard pressed to believe that she could get the nod of the party machinery if she wants to run for president in the near future.

    She might run for a lower national office or get appointed to a position in a new cabinet or whatever.

    My take:
    Palin – member of a minority and physically attractive; Obama- member of a minority and attractive only with regard to oratorical skills (delivery, voice, and rhetoric). Not mentioning differences/similarities in ideology, only because you mentioned “looks” of both.

    Am I wrong? Why is media and his supporters gushing over his looks and that of his wife? Is this an accommodation given because they now have power and influence? Or are the couple really both physically attractive?

    Just asking honest questions.


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