Saturday, January 2, 2010

Book Review: Going Rogue by Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin. Many people like her immensely. Many people can't stand her. Many people think she would make a better president than any other major-party candidate in 2012. Many people think Curious George would do better.

If you delineate the border between Palin-lovers and Palin-haters, you understand much about American politics. They love her here in Middle America. To blue-collar Republicans, she talks sense in a way they don't often hear from politicians. But to educated east-coast Democrats, she is the anti-christ. She is everything wrong with populist politics. They look at Sarah Palin and see a menace to society.

Why is she so polarizing? Much of it, I believe, is due to the media. The media has done much to tarnish Sarah Palin's reputation. This could be good and it could be bad. If Palin were Rod Blagojevich, we certainly would want her tarnished so that she would never show her face in the public square again. If, however, she were Ronald Reagan, we would not want her tarnished.

So which is she? Sarah Palin's 2.5 year stint as Governor of Alaska was, in the beginning, wildly successful. As Alaskan Dewey Whetsell explains, everything she did worked and she did everything with high approval ratings and bipartisan support. (This is included at the end of Palin's book.)

But then, at the Alaska State Fair, in August 2008, Palin got a call from a man named John McCain, who was running for president. Would Sarah like to be a vice-presidential candidate? Yes, Sarah would. Depending on Palin's political future, she may one day rue that decision.

Suddenly, this cute, folksy mother of five catapulted onto the national stage. The Media, who had already crowned King Barack, were stunned. How dare this bumpkin stick her nose in? "Concerns" and "questions" arose. When frivolous ethics charges surfaced against Palin (like wearing an Arctic Cat jacket and talking to reporters in a hallway--apparently taboo on the Loony Left), these were trumpeted for all to hear.

Fast forward almost a year. The campaign is over, McCain-Palin soundly defeated. Palin calls a press conference and resigns the governorship. Once again, the country is stunned. Was it an admission of guilt? Was there another shoe about to drop? Had the pressure gotten to her? Was she dropping out to plan her presidential run? Or was she, as she said, unable to afford the legal bill for those ethics charges and left the public sector to make some money? No other shoe dropped and she appears sane, so it must have been the latter two.

I'm not talking about the book, am I? Well, that's because to understand Sarah Palin's book, one must understand Sarah Palin. And that's something that many people fail to do.

The writing is average. Palin charms sometimes, but at other times I wish she would stick with grammatical and verbal convention. Every cutesy word she makes up detracts from the seriousness of the work. Her life certainly has been busy, and fulfilling.

It's interesting that, until she reached the national stage, everyone liked her. Sarah could do no wrong on the Wasilla City Council, as mayor, on the various commissions she served on, and finally as governor. So she was a good pick for John McCain.

Her political beliefs are very, very right-wing. She is hardcore, man. But she makes it work. Without animosity, and without bias, she perfectly rode the line between big business and big government as governor.

God is on every page of Going Rogue. She invokes Him and His plan constantly. This could be real or it could be artificial--who am I to judge? But it's nice to see it in a book written by a popular politician.

Her family life is concerning. She has five kids and a largely absentee husband (work). But she still found time to govern the largest state of the union. That raises questions about her priorities. Would a truly devoted mother take on this more-than-full-time job? Part of me wonders how well her kids have been brought up. Bristol Palin's teenage pregnancy makes me wonder as well. Palin does not, in the book, chastise Bristol at all, nor does she admit any failings as a parent, or any failings at all.

Her TV appearances during the campaign were awful. Frankly, just terrible. This only increased the Media's dislike, and Tina Fey's SNL parody skewed many people's views still further. It was so accurate and so devastating.

After the campaign, though, she cleaned up her act. In Going Rogue she raises serious questions about her handling by the McCain camp, and indeed, as she tells it, it was wildly mismanaged. But the campaign itself was basically imploding before the election, and aides were fighting over the pieces.

Now, Sarah Palin lost to Hilary Clinton by one percentage point in a poll of Most Admired Women, beating such notables as the Queen and Oprah. For a politician whom I had never heard of in June 2008, that's quite an accomplishment.

Sarah Palin remains an enigma. My own view of her has skewed wildly, from love to serious distaste and back to cautious optimism. Go for it, Sarah, but just prove that you are who you say you are. Whatever else Sarah Palin does, she is not going to die quietly. Her book has already past up Barack Obama's and Bill Clinton's bestsellers. Maybe she will do the same for the American electorate.


cow said...

Hey Mos,

I greatly enjoyed your post. I have been wondering about "Going Rogue." It sounds interesting. I also liked how you told us a little about her life.

Nice job,


lizz said...

Hooray, I was able to change my screen name!

Susan said...

I was actually thinking of reading the book too. At the moment I don't really know what to think of Sarah Palin. I don't really like the idea of female politicians.

Anonymous said...


[b]Xrumer SEO Professionals

As Xrumer experts, we from been using [url=]Xrumer[/url] quest of a long leisure now and recollect how to harness the enormous power of Xrumer and adapt it into a Banknotes machine.

We also provender the cheapest prices on the market. Many competitors see fit order 2x or even 3x and a destiny of the opportunity 5x what we charge you. But we maintain in providing great mending at a tearful affordable rate. The whole point of purchasing Xrumer blasts is because it is a cheaper surrogate to buying Xrumer. So we focusing to abide by that thought in rebuke and outfit you with the cheapest grade possible.

Not simply do we have the greatest prices but our turnaround time for your Xrumer posting is super fast. We drive secure your posting done to come you certain it.

We also produce you with a ample log of successful posts on contrasting forums. So that you can get the idea over the extent of yourself the power of Xrumer and how we have harnessed it to benefit your site.[/b]

[b]Search Engine Optimization

Using Xrumer you can trust to distinguish thousands upon thousands of backlinks in behalf of your site. Many of the forums that your Site you force be posted on get high PageRank. Having your join on these sites can categorically serve build up some cover rank endorse links and as a matter of fact riding-boot your Alexa Rating and Google PageRank rating through the roof.

This is making your instal more and more popular. And with this inflate in reputation as grammatically as PageRank you can think to lead your area in effect superiority high in those Search Mechanism Results.

The amount of conveyance that can be obtained by harnessing the power of Xrumer is enormous. You are publishing your plat to tens of thousands of forums. With our higher packages you may even be publishing your locality to HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of forums. Create 1 collection on a in demand forum disposition almost always enter 1000 or so views, with say 100 of those people visiting your site. Now devise tens of thousands of posts on in demand forums all getting 1000 views each. Your freight ordain withdraw sometimes non-standard due to the roof.

These are all targeted visitors that are interested or curious in the matter of your site. Imagine how innumerable sales or leads you can fulfil with this titanic number of targeted visitors. You are literally stumbling upon a goldmine bright to be picked and profited from.

Reminisce over, Above is Money.


Anonymous said...

Lose Slow Downloads With NZB Downloads You Can Instantly Search Movies, PC Games, Music, Software & Download Them at Dashing Rates

[URL=][B]NZB Search[/B][/URL]

Anonymous said...

Validate Our Bereavement of consciousness Prices at, The Unequalled [b][url=]Online Dispensary [/url][/b] To [url=]Buy Viagra[/url] Online ! You Can also Details to Pre-eminent Deals When You [url=]Buy Cialis[/url] and When You You [url=]Buy Levitra[/url] Online. We Also Be subjected to a Eleemosynary Generic [url=]Phentermine[/url] In tote of Your Nutriment ! We Huckster Continued standard [url=]Viagra[/url] and Also [url=]Generic Viagra[/url] !

Anonymous said...

Infatuation casinos? research this advanced [url=]casino[/url] exemplar and pick up up online casino games like slots, blackjack, roulette, baccarat and more at .
you can also discontinuation our untested [url=]casino[/url] without at and sketch bona fide genially misled !
another voguish [url=]casino spiele[/url] series of events is , as a substitute on of german gamblers, confine in unrestrained online casino bonus.

Anonymous said...

Someone deleted a variety of links from yourfilehost and filefactory servers.

From now, we will use as our default [url=]url shortener[/url], so every url will be there and visible for everyone.

You can pick out from several great [url=]short url[/url] address like: and many others.

They include above 60 different available domains and the [url=]url shortener[/url] service work well for free without any registration needed.

So we think it is good idea and propose you to use [url=]url redirect[/url] service too!

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

[url=]Porn video online[/url]
[url=]Porn video download[/url]
[url=]Porn video torrent[/url]
[url=]Gay porn online[/url]
[url=]Teen porn online[/url]
[url=]Free porn videos online[/url]
[url=]Best porn video[/url]

Anonymous said...

link for [b]download software for windows[/b] are available at:

download software for windows
[url=http://www.downloadsoftwareforwindows]download software for windows[/url]

[url=http://www.downloadsoftwareforwindows/products/download-iphone-video-converter/productpage.php]download iphone video converter[/url]

download dvd to psp converter

Anonymous said...

link for [b]buy software for windows[/b] are available at:

buy software for windows
[url=]buy software for windows[/url]

[url=]buy dvd to ipod converter[/url]

buy video to flv converter

Anonymous said...

site for [b]download software for windows[/b] is available here:

download software for windows
[url=]download software for windows[/url]

[url=]download youtube to mp3 converter[/url]

download screenshot software