Sarah Palin's Going Rogue is set to be released on Tuesday, which is great news for your Aunt Helen, who still has a "pitbull with lipstick" bumper sticker on her car, but fairly terrible news for the rest of us.
It was incredibly wishful thinking to imagine that Palin would disappear after the 2008 election; if anything she's only gotten bigger, as scandal and insanity have marked most of her 2009, and her book, her attempt at getting her side of the story out there, only provides her with a greater platform to tour the country, reenergize her fans (and she does have many, many fans) and continue providing those of us who aren't particularly fond of her or her politics with reasons to instinctively type "Why won't she go away!??!" in the comments each time her name is mentioned. But we really should know better; Sarah Palin isn't going away. Not anytime soon. And to ignore her, as lovely as that might be, is to ignore the politics and the mindset she represents, and frankly I think it's always better to know what the other side is up to.
In today's Sarah Palin news, the former Governor has decided to attack the AP for daring to fact-check her book by posting a scathing screed on her Facebook page. Yes, I know, it's Sarah Palin Facebook page. I'm sure there are better Facebook stories you'd rather hear about, like how your Mom just watered something in Farmville or how Becky Stupinara from 7th grade is marrying Alan, that kid who ate thumbtacks at lunch. But we're going to talk about it, because it's a bit insane and includes hilarious quotes like this:
Amazingly, but not surprisingly, the AP somehow nabbed a copy of the book before it was released. They're now erroneously reporting on the book's contents and are repeating many of the same things they spewed during the campaign and afterwards. We've heard 11 writers are engaged in this opposition research, er, "fact checking" research! Imagine that – 11 AP reporters dedicating time and resources to tearing up the book, instead of using the time and resources to "fact check" what's going on with Sheik Mohammed's trial, Pelosi's health care takeover costs, Hasan's associations, etc. Amazing.
We'll keep setting the record straight, and we'll keep reminding some in the media that Americans are very tired of their non-objective reporting. A great, recent post that accomplishes this is a Conservatives4Palin post. It's got some nice fact checking included. As always, they did a great job holding some of the media accountable for spreading more misinformation and for making things up. You can read it here. Enjoy!
Ah yes. For nothing quite says "unbiased organization" like Conservatives4Palin.
In other Sarah Palin news, Foster at Gawker has a roundup of leaked McCain campaign emails that's worth reading, even if you can't stand her, as it's hard not laugh when you come across an email wherein she declares that Saturday Night Live is "whack." Tomorrow, I'm sure, there will be another Sarah Palin story, or scandal, and the book tour and all that comes with it will roll on, possibly until 2012 or beyond, should Palin decide to run for office again.
It's very easy to brush Palin off, and as evidenced by much of this post, easy to take shots at her logic and style, but it's harder to deny that she still has a way of captivating people's attention, and that she represents something greater and more frustrating than just a book tour or a series of wacky family scandals. When she speaks, there are many people who not only listen, but nod in agreement. The publicity for her book might die down, and Sarah Palin may eventually fade into the background, but the ideas she's pushing probably won't, and that's something we all need to pay attention to.