To millions of Americans, Sarah Palin is the one person who can save the US from the perils of communism, gay marriage and gun control. But can she ever win the White House, or will she destroy the American right?
Sarah Palin pressing the flesh in Grand Rapids, on her three-week-long, 14-state promotional "Going Rogue: An American Life" book tour.
It is a freezing night in Indiana. A light drizzle is turning to ice as a crowd of 1,000 people shiver and huddle under umbrellas in a shopping mall car park outside the small Midwestern town of Noblesville. But no one is complaining.
“I came to hear the truth get told,” says Roy Hendrickson, a moustached 66-year-old retiree from the town of Lebanon, about 30 miles away. “I want to see her go rogue!”
She, of course, is Sarah Palin, and Going Rogue is the name of her autobiography. The event tonight is the third stop on one of the most audacious book tours in the history of publishing. It is a 14-state, three-week-long trek through the heartland of America that has already drawn tens of thousands of fans. No other figure on the right of American politics can pull in crowds and generate excitement like Palin. Like Obama with Democrats, people believe in her. But Palin World is a very different place from Obama Nation. In Palin World, America is succumbing to the foreign ideology of socialism, and the lifeblood of the free market is being squeezed by Big Government. The threat of “death panels” haunts the elderly. It is a nation of whispered conspiracies that Obama wants to take away people’s guns, and where communist appointees plot secret internment camps and the forced indoctrination of innocent American youth.
Posted in 2012 Presidential Race, Sarah Palin Going Rogue: An American Life
Tagged Alaska, Alaska politics, Barack Obama, Barbara Walters Sarah Palin, Barnes & Noble Sarah Palin, Beth Kerttula, Bill Owens, Birthers, Bristol Palin, Caribou Barbie, Caribou Barbie Sarah Palin, Chuck Hurley, conservatives Sarah Palin, David Brooks, death panels, Deathers, Dede Scozzafava, Doug Hoffman, Down Syndrome, Downs Syndrome, Evangelical Christians, Fox News Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Going Rogue, Going Rogue: An American Life, Guantánamo Bay, Iowa Family Policy Center, Joan Walsh, John McCain, Katie Couric, Katie Couric Sarah Palin, Ken Leicht, Larry Haas, Levi Johnston, Levi Johnston Vanity Fair, Maureen Dowd Sarah Palin, McCain aides, McCain staffers, Michael Steele, Moderate Republicans, New York 23rd congressional district, New York Times Sarah Palin, Newsweek Sarah Palin, Noblesville Borders, Oath Keepers, Obama Nation, Oprah Palin, Palin World, Palinism, Palinite Republicans, Republican In Name Only, Republican National Committee, Republican party, RINOs, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin 2012, Sarah Palin Going Rogue, Sarah Palin Noblesville, Saturday Night Live, Saturday Night Live Sarah Palin, Shaun Bowler, Stewart Rhodes, Tea Party movement, Tea Party protesters, The Post-Industrial Peasant, Tina Fey Sarah Palin, Trig Palin, Washington Speakers Bureau, Wasilla
Sarah Palin vs. Pit Bull
At last the American right and left have one issue they unequivocally agree on: You don’t actually have to read Sarah Palin’s book to have an opinion about it. Last Sunday Liz Cheney praised “Going Rogue” as “well-written” on Fox News even though, by her own account, she had sampled only “parts” of it. On Tuesday, Ana Marie Cox, a correspondent for Air America, belittled the book in The Washington Post while confessing that she couldn’t claim to have “completely” read it.
“Going Rogue” will hardly be the first best seller embraced by millions for talismanic rather than literary ends. And I am not recommending that others follow my example and slog through its 400-plus pages, especially since its supposed revelations have been picked through 24/7 for a week. But sometimes I wonder if anyone has read all of what Palin would call the “dang” thing. Some of the book’s most illuminating tics have been mentioned barely — if at all — by either its fans or foes. Palin is far and away the most important brand in American politics after Barack Obama, and attention must be paid. Those who wishfully think her 15 minutes are up are deluding themselves.
The book’s biggest surprise is Palin’s wide-eyed infatuation with show-business celebrities. You get nearly as much face time with Tina Fey and the cast of “Saturday Night Live” in “Going Rogue” as you do with John McCain. We learn how happy Palin was to receive calls from Bono and Warren Beatty “to share ideas and insights.” We wade through star-struck lists of campaign cameos by Robert Duvall, Jon Voight (who “blew us away”), Naomi Judd, Gary Sinise and Kelsey Grammer, among many others. Then there are the acknowledgments at the book’s end, where Palin reveals that her intimacy with media stars is such that she can air-kiss them on a first-name basis, from Greta to Laura to Rush.
Posted in Sarah Palin Going Rogue: An American Life
Tagged Air America, Alaska, Ana Marie Cox, Barack Obama, Barbara Walters Sarah Palin, Bob McDonnell, Bono, Bridge to Nowhere, conservatives, death panels, Dick Cheney, Fox News, Gary Sinise, Glenn Beck, Going Rogue, GOP, Greta Van Susteren, Jewish settlements Sarah Palin, John Boehner, John McCain, Jon Voight, Katie Couric, Kelsey Grammer, Levi Johnston, Liz Cheney, Lynn Vincent, Matthew Continetti, McCain-Palin, McCain-Palin campaign, Michael Steele, Mike Huckabee, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Naomi Judd, Neocons, pallin' around with terrorists, Pat Robertson, Persecution of Sarah Palin, Peter Wehner, Republican convention, Rich Lowry, Robert Duvall, Ronald Reagan, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin Down syndrome, Sarah Palin Going Rogue, Sarah Palin Going Rogue: An American Life, Saturday Night Live, Saturday Night Live Sarah Palin, Thanks But No Thanks, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, Tim Pawlenty, Tina Fey, Warren Beatty, Wasilla, William Jennings Bryan, William Kristol