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Sarah Palin, Inc.

The notorious, no-show Alaskan governor has signed up with Washington Speakers Bureau.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during the Republican Governors Association conference November 13, 2008 in Miami, Florida. Palin delivered remarks about her feelings on the future of the Repulican party.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during the Republican Governors Association conference November 13, 2008 in Miami, Florida. Palin delivered remarks about her feelings on the future of the Repulican party.

With the exception of occasional messages from her Facebook and Twitter accounts, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin hasn’t been in the public eye since she left office last month.

That’s about to change. Mike Allen of Politico.com reports that she has signed up with Washington Speakers Bureau, which represents everyone from George Bush to Bob Woodward and Colin Powell, to help sort through the nearly 1,000 requests for speeches that have poured in. The speeches Ms. Palin will give will range from paid appearances for six-figure fees to charitable and campaign events where little or no fee will be charged.

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Joe McGinness To Write Book on Sarah Palin?

Author Joe McGinniss

Author Joe McGinniss

Author Joe McGinniss has a new literary agent, having signed on with Dave Larabell of the David Black Agency after parting company with David Vigliano last spring.

According to several sources, Mr. Larabell has spoken with publishers about a book Mr. McGinnis has been wanting to write about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the subject of a cover story he wrote for an issue of the now-defunct Portfolio back in March. Mr. Larabell declined to comment on what Mr. McGinniss—best known for the 1983 true-crime thriller Fatal Vision and the groundbreaking campaign book The Selling of the President 1968—is currently working on, but said that at the moment, “there is no deal in place.”

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Open Letter to Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

It has now been a little over a week since your resignation as governor of Alaska, and thankfully you haven’t made many recent headlines. It seems America has been too busy discussing race relations, health care, and the economy to notice you. How refreshing!

As a 17-year-old American who has to live in this country for probably the next 80-90 years, I formally request that you pack your bags and swim across to Russia. After all, it must be close enough if you can see it from your house. I have never seen, nor have I ever heard of, a politician less qualified and less engaged than you are, and I want you to leave politics for good before you start giving the impression to other politicians that somehow these deficiencies are acceptable.

It’s not so much that you and I see two different Americas, or that we just have different perceptions of the same core American ideals. It’s that you fundamentally misunderstand America’s ideals. Every time you talk about freedom, or the future, or “the wisdom of the people,” I only have one question: what the hell are you trying to say?

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Sarah Palin to Alaska: And This Bird You Cannot Change


Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Yesterday was Sarah Palin’s last day as governor of Alaska, and she marked the event with a farewell address to a crowd gathered in Fairbanks. Below is a transcript of the speech, as filtered through my brain.

Gosh, thank you so much for all your claps and your welcoming yells. It’s so great to be with you all on such a great, good day here in Alaska, with that bright, strong Alaska sun up there in the sky, warming our faces and necks and the tops of our heads and serving as a beacon, not only to Fairbanks but to the whole solar system, for freedom and prosperity. It’s a real treat to be here among such common people as yourselves. People, who you are, those very same, loving this fine, big land of ours. You know, on such a rich, clean day, it’s hard to believe that there are some who would tear down our country, who would say that our best days were yester. But how can that be, when, all around the world, so much blood is spilt in our name? If that doesn’t make you proud, then I don’t know what.

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Palin Favorability Rating Dips As She Nears Exit, Poll Finds

As Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin prepares for the next stage of her political career, a majority of Americans hold an unfavorable view of her, and there is broad public doubt about her leadership skills and understanding of complex issues, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin serves hot dogs to citizens at the annual Governor’s Picnic in Fairbanks, Alaska, July 26, 2009.

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin serves hot dogs to citizens at the annual Governor’s Picnic in Fairbanks, Alaska, July 26, 2009.

Last year’s Republican vice presidential nominee remains a deeply polarizing figure, and there are warning signs for her as she emerges as a possible contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. While she is still widely popular among those in her party, she has lost ground among Republicans generally and among the white evangelicals who are so critical in the early presidential primaries.

Overall, the new poll found that 53 percent of Americans view Palin negatively and 40 percent see her in positive terms, her lowest level in Post-ABC polling since she first appeared on the national stage last summer as Sen. John McCain‘s running mate.

The dip in Palin’s favorability comes as she gets ready to leave office Sunday with about 18 months remaining in her term and plans to turn her attention to national politics. Palin, 45, has said she intends to campaign for other like-minded candidates, and speculation has been rampant that she may seek the GOP nomination to oppose President Obama.

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New Sarah Palin Poll Numbers Take a Dive among Republicans, Conservatives & White Evangelicals

Here are some of the change numbers on Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s (R) behind today’s Washington Post poll story about a new low in her favorability rating.

The findings are especially surprising among Palin’s core supporters, Republicans, Conservatives and white evangelicals.  Whereas among those polled after the Republicans convention expressed high “strongly favorable” impressions of Sarah Palin (Republicans – 66%; Conservatives – 58% and white evangelicals – 53%), the latest Washington Post – ABC News polls show a significant drop in Palin’s “strongly favorable” ratings.  Republicans dropped 24% down to only 41% “strongly favorable”; Conservatives who “strongly” favored Palin declined 23% to only 35% and most surprising, her “strong” support among white evangelicals dropped 20% down to only 33% of respondents who “strongly” favored the soon to be ex-governor of Alaska.

Palin favorability in the Washington Post – ABC News polls:

% favorable
(% strongly favorable)
                   Post-Conv.*     Now      Change
All                58% (35%)     40% (20%)   -18 (-15) 

Democrats          34  (12)      20  (11)    -14 ( -1)
Republicans        88  (66)      70  (41)    -18 (-24)
Independents       60  (35)      40  (17)    -20 (-18)

Liberals           27  ( 9)      18  ( 8)     -9 ( -1)
Moderates          58  (28)      30  (12)    -28 (-16)
Conservatives      77  (58)      61  (35)    -16 (-23)

White Evangelicals 77  (53)      62  (33)    -15 (-20)

*Post-convention poll was registered voters;
 July poll among all adults.

Last September about eight in 10 Americans
 said they were registered to vote.

Jon Cohen
Washington Post

Palin’s Resignation Speech: The Edited Version

If you watched Sarah Palin’s resignation speech, you know one thing: her high-priced speechwriters moved back to the Beltway long ago. Just how poorly constructed was the governor’s holiday-weekend address? We asked V.F.’s red-pencil-wielding executive literary editor, Wayne Lawson, together with representatives from the research and copy departments, to whip it into publishable shape. Here is the colorful result.

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