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“Going Rogue” Review: Sarah Palin Shows She Knows How to Hate; Needs Injection of Pinocchio Serum

Outgoing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (2nd L), her husband Todd (C) look on as incoming Governor Sean Parnell (2nd R) is sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Daniel Winfree (L) during the annual Governor's Picnic July 26, 2009 at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks, Alaska. Parnell' wife Sandy held the bible for the ceremony. Craig E. Campbell was sworn in as the new Lieutenant Governor.

Outgoing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (2nd L), her husband Todd (C) look on as incoming Governor Sean Parnell (2nd R) is sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Daniel Winfree (L) during the annual Governor's Picnic July 26, 2009 at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks, Alaska. Parnell' wife Sandy held the bible for the ceremony. Craig E. Campbell was sworn in as the new Lieutenant Governor.

Last July in Fairbanks, with Todd smiling at her side and Piper sitting in her lap, Sarah Palin watched Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell take the oath to fill out her term in office as Governor of Alaska. Then she vanished. For the past four months the Forty-Ninth State has seen neither hide nor hair of the woman. No speeches at chambers of commerce luncheons. No sightings on the street. No Sarah cheering on the sideline at Wasilla Warriors girls basketball games. No Sarah sitting in the pew on Sunday worshiping at the ChangePoint and Anchorage Baptist Temple evangelical mega churches. She’s been gone. Disappeared.

It now turns out that while Alaskans were hunkering down for winter Sarah was in San Diego working for a woman named Lynn Vincent, the ghostwriter HarperCollins hired to cobble together Going Rogue: An American Life, Sarah’s first person account of her it-only-would-happen-in-America rise from small town mayor to small state governor to Republican Vice Presidential candidate to popular culture icon.

Since Tuesday when Going Rogue was released nationwide copies of the book have been flying off the shelves at Barnes & Noble in Boise and Grand Rapids and not flying off the shelves in San Francisco and Seattle.

Since I already have enough to read, I had intended to give Going Rogue a pass until I had time this weekend to motor over to the Anchorage Barnes & Noble and give Ms. Vincent’s word-smithing a skim. But on Monday I learned that I’m in the book. Not surprisingly, that piqued my interest. And then yesterday a friend lent me a copy.

I’ve now read it. Here’s the review.

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Palins Welcome Troops and Son Track Back from Iraq

Track Palin sits with Willow Palin while holding Trig Palin on day three of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Track Palin sits with Willow Palin while holding Trig Palin on day three of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

FAIRBANKS — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has made a rare public appearance since leaving office.

Anchorage television station KTUU reports Palin attended a ceremony in Fairbanks on Thursday to welcome home the 1st Stryker Brigade.

Palin’s son, Track, is a member of the brigade, which recently returned from a yearlong deployment to Iraq.

Also at the ceremony was Gov. Sean Parnell, who succeeded Palin upon her resignation July 26. Since quitting, Palin has been writing her memoirs. The former Republican vice presidential candidate’s book, “Going Rogue,” will be released Nov. 17.

A memorial unveiled Wednesday at Fort Wainwright bears the names of 12 soldiers who died in the yearlong deployment. Seven were stationed at Fort Wainwright and five were attached to the brigade.

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Ceremony Honors End of Deployment for Fort Wainwright’s Stryker Brigade

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is presented flowers by Staff Sgt. Yvonne Smith on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, during the redeployment ceremony for the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry, in the Carlson Center. Palin’s son, Track, is a member of the brigade, which recently returned from a yearlong deployment to Iraq. Commander Col. Burt Thompson honored Palin with the flowers sayin she is a distinguished member of the brigade and senior mom. Sitting next to Palin is Walter Eggleston, whose son Pfc. Cody Eggleston was killed in Iraq during the deployment.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is presented flowers by Staff Sgt. Yvonne Smith on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, during the redeployment ceremony for the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry, in the Carlson Center. Palin’s son, Track, is a member of the brigade, which recently returned from a yearlong deployment to Iraq. Commander Col. Burt Thompson honored Palin with the flowers sayin she is a distinguished member of the brigade and senior mom. Sitting next to Palin is Walter Eggleston, whose son Pfc. Cody Eggleston was killed in Iraq during the deployment.

FAIRBANKS — After a yearlong deployment to Iraq, it’s the little things about being back home that matter most to members of Fort Wainwright’s Stryker brigade.

“The first thing I noticed when I got off the plane was the smell, the smell of pine trees and fresh air,” Lt. Sean Raleigh said. The personnel officer spent only a couple of weeks in Fairbanks before he was shipped off to Iraq with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry.

He said he plans to take in all Alaska has to offer during his next few weeks of leave time.

Raleigh is just one of the more than 4,000 men and women in the brigade who were welcomed back to Fairbanks on Thursday during a redeployment ceremony at the Carlson Center.

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Sarah Palin Grabs the Grievance Grab Bag From Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on NBC's "Meet the Press" this past Sunday.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on NBC's "Meet the Press" this past Sunday.

The woman who was prematurely counted in is out. And the woman who was prematurely counted out is in.

Goodbye, Sarah. Hello, Hillary.

In their vivid twin performances Sunday — Hillary on “Meet the Press” in Washington and Sarah at her farewell picnic in Fairbanks — two of the most celebrated and polarizing women in American political history offered a fascinating contrast.

Hillary, who so often in the past came across as aggrieved, paranoid and press-loathing, was confident and comfortable in her role as top diplomat, discussing the world with mastery and shrugging off suggestions that she has been disappeared by her former rival, the president.

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

Sarah, who was once a blazingly confident media darling, came across as aggrieved, paranoid and press-loathing in her new role as bizarre babe-at-large, a Nixon with hair extensions ranting about “American apologetics,” which sounds like a cross between apologists and Dianetics.

Sarah once criticized Hillary for being a whiny presidential contender, arguing that women who want “to progress this country” should not complain about being under a “sharper microscope,” but instead should just work harder to prove themselves capable. Now Sarah is a whiny presidential contender, complaining about the sharper microscope that women wanting to progress this country are under and rejecting advice to work harder to prove herself capable.

The Alaskan who shot to stardom a year ago as the tough embodiment of Diana the Huntress has now stepped down as governor and morphed into what the Republicans always caricatured Hillary as — preachy, screachy and angry.

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Palin’s Siren Song

In denouncing Hollywood and Washington insiders in her farewell speech, she shows that the culture wars are still alive, at least for some.
Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, center, congratulate incoming Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell.

Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, congratulate incoming Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell.

Sarah Palin’s valedictory address as governor of Alaska will (we hope) be little noted nor long remembered. But its denunciation of Hollywood and Washington insiders reflects a perennial obsession by some conservatives that mainstream politicians are too eager to indulge. As Republicans regroup after the disaster of 2008, they would be wise to resist this shrill siren song.

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Sarah Palin Steps Down As Alaska Governor (VIDEO)

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Sarah Palin stepped down Sunday as Alaska governor to write a book and build a right-of-center coalition, but she left her long-term political plans unclear and refused to address speculation she would seek a 2012 presidential bid.

Her first order of business as a private citizen is to speak Aug. 8 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. She also wants to campaign for political candidates from coast to coast, and continue to speak her mind on the social networking site Twitter.

Free speech was a theme of her farewell speech at a crowded picnic in Fairbanks, as the outgoing governor scolded “some seemingly hell bent on tearing down our nation” and warned Americans to “be wary of accepting government largess. It doesn’t come free.”

She also took aim at the media, saying her replacement, Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, “has a very nice family too, so leave his kids alone!”

And she told television cameras: “How about, in honor of the American soldier, you quit makin’ things up?”

She also took aim at the media, saying her replacement, Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, “has a very nice family too, so leave his kids alone!”

And she told television cameras: “How about, in honor of the American soldier, you quit makin’ things up?”

She didn’t elaborate, but Palin said when she announced her resignation July 3 that she was tired of the media focus on her family and felt she had been unfairly treated by reporters.

Friend and foe alike have speculated that Palin may host a radio or TV show, launch a lucrative speaking career or seek higher office in Washington.

Palin hasn’t ruled out any of those options, and her political action committee, SarahPAC, has raised more than $1 million, said Meghan Stapleton, a spokeswoman for the committee and the Palin family.

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