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November 17th, 2009
05:51 PM ET

Sarah Palin is an insider playing a rogue

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Richard Kim and Betsy Reed
Special to CNN

Sarah Palin begins her manipulation of the readers of her book "Going Rogue" in the title, embracing as a badge of honor the accusation leveled at her by McCain campaign staffers during the last bitter days of election 2008 - even though she's exemplified the political insider throughout her career.

In "Going Rogue," she describes the campaign as disorganized and defeatist and writes that Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain's aides had a "jaded aura" about them.

She's a "diva" who is "playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party," one anonymous McCain staffer alleged at the time. Now, Palin wants payback.

It's not yet clear who will emerge the victor in this Republican Party version of "Thunderdome." But it's telling that Palin intends to twist the meaning of "rogue" - an untrustworthy and unprincipled person - into its very opposite.

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  1. Tim Gibson

    Do we make distinctions between Obama as the new poster child on the fringe in regards to Palin as the same? Illisionary finger pointing lives on both sides of the comparison in all respects.

    November 17, 2009 at 11:15 am |