The publication date of Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin has been moved up from the Spring to November 17th. The memoirs by the former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate is having an initial printing of 1.5 million copies.
Going Rogue is a reference to some of the infighting that took place during the 2008 campaign between Sarah Palin and the staff of then Presidential candidate John McCain. Sarah Palin thought, almost certain accurately, that she was being over handled by McCain’s staff and nor being allowed to be as herself.
Since the 2008 campaign, Sarah Palin has maintained a certain notoriety and is often mentioned as a possible Presidential candidate in 2012. Her political strategy has been, mildly speaking, unconventional and controversial. But so far it seems to be working.
Sarah Palin, for instance, in perhaps a prime example of “going rogue” resigned as Governor of Alaska about midway through her term in office. She was criticized at the time for “abandoning her post”, but the move turned out to be a brilliant move on her part to short circuit some of the bogus ethics charges her enemies were using to harass and distract her. It was also noted that Alaska had been competently run enough (unlike some other, higher profile states) that Sarah Palin could turn over the Governorship to her Lt. Governor with no problem, freeing her to become a national political figure.
Sarah Palin has been making effective use of the new media to keep a hand in public affairs and to keep her profile up. One Facebook posting, which referred to a feature of the Obama health care that set up federal advisory panels for end of life care as “death panels.” The theory was that since President Obama was keen to find savings in Medicare, that since end of life care is very expensive, that these panels would be inclined to “persuade” senior citizens to forgo life saving and life extending health care.
The use of the term “death panels” was roundly criticized by many pundits as being hyperbolic and unfair. But then the United States Senate excised funding for the “death panels” from its version of health care reform, allowing Sarah Palin to claim triumph in a Wall Street Journal article.
More recently, Sarah Palin gave a wide ranging speech on foreign policy and economics to a gathering of fund traders in Hong Kong that was well received. In this way, Sarah Palin seeks to remove the Tina Fey, media generated caricature of her as a ditz. Of course it could be noted that Ronald Reagan, who won the Cold War and brought years of prosperity to the United States after a decade of stagflation, was once referred to as “an amiable dunce.” Conservative politicians are often misunderestimated (to coin a George Bush term) by their opponents.
Going Rogue should therefore be a fascinating read and, perhaps, a peek into the mind of one of America’s most celebrated, reviled, and remarkable politicians.
Source: Sarah Palin is “Going Rogue” with early release of memoir, Belinda Goldsmith, Reuters, September 29th, 2009