Wednesday, September 30, 2009


I don't entirely agree with TBogg, who explains why he thinks the Sarah Palin book will sell (at least at first):

I think it is safe to say that we can expect the following:

The heartwarming story of a plucky small town girl, her family, her trials, her tribulations and how her faith has carried her through it all. This is will be Christian ghostwriter Lynn Vincent's contribution to the book and the reason it will sell well at Wal-Mart for $14.97.

Bitter recriminations, finger-pointing, revenge seeking, blame casting, contempt, snarling self-regard, whining, disgust, smug but baseless know-it-all-ism, and an unreliable narrator's inside view of the Wiley Coyote campaign of John McCain. This will be the Sarah Palin's contribution.... and the reason that the rest of us will buy it.

I think the Palinites think they'll buy it for the former reason. But they're really going to buy it mostly for the rage.

But I think the 'Bogg has accurately described what most of the book is going to be like -- it's going to be that rage. It's going to be pages and pages and pages and pages about what ingenuity-stifling losers Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace and other McCainites were. And I'm not sure that's what Palin's fan base wants. I think they're hoping she's going to alternate tearjerking stories about Trig with explanations of why only she and Jesus, side by side, can deliver America from the clutches of Barack Obama, socialist instrument of Satan. And I'm not sure she's going to deliver.

Evidence? Well, yesterday The Wall Street Journal's John Fund issued the first press release on behalf of the Murdoch media empire (Murdoch, of course, owns HarperCollins, Palin's publisher) -- and here's the anecdote he was tasked with leaking in his breathless "Sarah Palin, a Soon-to-Be Publishing Phenom":

Ms. Vincent [Palin's writer] didn't reveal any details about the book, but did acknowledge it will describe Ms. Palin's frustration over her treatment by the staffers she inherited from the McCain campaign after her surprise pick as the GOP vice presidential nominee last year. Ms. Palin was booked on grueling interviews with hostile reporters while talk-show hosts such as Glenn Beck couldn't even get through to her aides. Mr. Beck tells me he was stunned when he picked up the phone one day just before the election to discover Sarah Palin was on the other end of the line. "She explained that she had been blocked from reaching her audience, so she was now 'going rogue' and booking her own interviews," Mr. Beck told me. "I was thrilled she had burst out of the cage they'd built for her and we were finally talking."

This tedious, played-out crap could be half the book. I think the faithful could be seriously disappointed.

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