Former Sarah Palin aide Frank Bailey has written a tell-all book, which comes out tomorrow. Let's take a look at what he'll reveal.
According to the AP, Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years includes the following tidbits:
- Palin got help from the Republican Governors Association for her gubernatorial campaign, although this is against the rules. Bailey describes her walking into a hotel "over and over and over" to get a good shot for an RGA ad. An early preview of her reality-show days?
- She was totally bored with being governor and said in February 2009 — six months before her actual resignation — that she'd "quit tomorrow" if she could find the right excuse.
- She was always cancelling stuff. Writes Bailey,
Getting Sarah to meetings and events was like nailing Jell-O to a tree. On the campaign trail and as governor, Sarah went through at least ten schedulers, with few lasting more than months. Nobody wanted the job because Sarah might fail to honor, at the last minute, the smallest commitments, and making excuses for her became a painful burden.
If none of these seem like huge bombshells, it's partly because Bailey's book has already been leaked, making the hotel story, among others, common knowledge. But generally, few people will be surprised at this point to find out that Palin was a quitter who often fail to honor commitments. And her political star has fallen since 2009 — Bailey's book now seems poised not to topple a "queen on a horse" (which is how he apparently saw her when she entered Alaska politics), but to heap further scorn on someone few people still see as a serious presidential contender. This is a relief not just because a Palin presidency would be so awful, but because the Palin rumor mill itself has become incredibly tiresome. Palin has fed into this by shrouding her own books in secrecy and overreacting to every criticism, but our own appetites for dirt on everything from Trig's real parentage to the Palins' marital problems is partly to blame. In some ways Palin asked to become a soap opera when she farmed her entire family out to reality shows. But Americans were peering in her windows long before that, and all we've seen is a woman who wants power and isn't terribly keen on work. Let's hope now that Bailey's book confirms what many of us have suspected, we can finally stop looking.
'Blind Allegiance To Sarah Palin': Former Aide's Tell-All Says She Was After The Money [AP, via Huffington Post]