Sarah Palin’s soon to be available book, Going Rogue: An American Life, has apparently reached best-selling status before a single copy has been sold. Although I don’t begrudge her any success she will have with the book, I am surprised that so many people are interested enough to lay out the purchase price.
For me, Gov. Palin has neither the intellect nor the age to have gained sufficient insight and experience to produce a compelling autobiography—a bit of too little too soon. Her life so far—especially her experiences as John McCain’s running mate—could make an worthwhile magazine article, but there’s not enough there to fill a book.
As to the boarder question of where this book fits in with any future political aspirations she may have? Obviously, it will help financially. But I don’t see it resonating beyond her base, and she already has that base pretty well on her side. And, unfortunately for the former governor, her base isn’t big enough—broad enough—to win her the White House.
Some Republican Party insiders like Steve Schmidt, John McCain’s former chief campaign strategist certainly aren’t fans. He is quoted today as saying that if former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin were to be the Republican nominee, it would be ‘catastrophic’ for the Republican Party. Ouch!
Judging by her performance as a vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin is not the deep-thinking type. Oh, she can appeal to her base in the religious-right and to some of the Joe-the-plumbers, and there’ll always be those who want every woman candidate to succeed. But she’ll never win that huge band of middle America who’ve been to college and know that a president needs more than common sense and a beautiful smile.
Americans tried a good-old-boy as president: George Bush the younger, and look where that got them. No way will the majority of them give a good-old-girl like Sarah Palin a second chance.
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