Rick Santorum is psyched for Sarah Palin's new book — he says "she has a gift for prose." But lecture buyers are worried about booking her "because they think she is a blithering idiot."

In a positively gem-filled interview with National Review Online, Santorum said,

Sarah has jumped onto the scene and has been hammered by the mainstream media. This is an opportunity for her to show a more thoughtful side. She has a gift for prose. Hopefully that comes across.

He also cautions that, "the media loves to take a small part of a book only to twist and turn it around." This "twisting" language is familiar — last week an Alaska insider said Sarah Palin had turned to Facebook because, "There was so much difficulty in her getting her message out without it being deliberately, in my opinion, twisted by members of the media." It's a little disingenuous for someone who turned end-of-life counseling into "death panels" to complain about media misrepresentation, and also plain inaccurate. It's not like Sarah Palin is secretly a liberal and the media is just making her look like an oil-loving moose-slayer. She doesn't really seem to have any interest in being seen as a moderate, and neither does Santorum, who is now heading to Iowa to "address President Obama's power grab." He has a point: it does suck how Obama and his vice president are getting secret legal orders to spy on citizens, and then invoking executive privilege to cover up said spying. Oh, wait ...

Of course, probably what Palin really hates is the media "twisting" her words to make her look stupid, so she may not be too thrilled with a lecture circuit expert who told Page Six,

The big lecture buyers in the US are paralyzed with fear about booking her, basically because they think she is a blithering idiot.

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The expert says that Palin is a bad choice of speaker not just for left-leaning universities, but for lecture series that work on the subscription model and want to avoid pissing off subscribers. He adds that Palin is not only "polarizing," but that she "is so uninteresting to so many groups — unless they are interested in moose hunting. What does she have to say? She can't even describe what she reads."

Of course, maybe Palin's book will be the kind of thoughtful, honest story that proves all the critics wrong. Her collaborator Lynn Vincent — no doubt hired to tone down Palin's natural "gift for prose" so she didn't blind anyone with her wit — isn't revealing any details, as per her nondisclosure agreement. We do know that Vincent's most famous book, Same Kind of Different as Me, about a millionaire art dealer whose life is changed by his friendship with a homeless man, is being made into a movie by Mark Clayman, executive producer of The Pursuit of Happyness. Ralph Winter, producer of X-Men, is also attached. This leads me to imagine a pretty fun crossover film version of Going Rogue, in which Rogue (played not by Anna Paquin but by Sarah Palin herself, or maybe Bristol) travels to Alaska to battle an evil liberal warlord who wants to stop all oil drilling. Ralph, call me!

Update: Whatever's in it, Going Rogue is already third on Amazon's bestseller list.

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Santorum Heads To Iowa, Looks Forward To Palin Memoir [National Review Online]
Sarah's Lectures A Tough Sell [New York Post]
S.D. Ghostwriter Mum On Sarah Palin Memoir [San Diego Union-Tribune]
Palin Already A Bestseller [Politico]