November 20th, 2009
04:24 PM ET

Who is trailin' Sarah Palin?

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Like a proverbial swarm of locusts, book buyers are descending on stores coast-to-coast to devour endless stacks of a new publication. Talk and news shows are devoting so many hours to discussing the author, even John Grisham might be jealous. And the subject of all this literary wonder: Sarah Palin.

The ubiquitous former governor of Alaska is once again blasting over the American political landscape, this time astride her super-charged snowmobile of a memoir, “Going Rogue.” The actual sales figures are changing by the hour, so let’s just say she moving more paper than Dwight Schrute. Harper Collins reportedly planned to print 1.5 million copies in the first run, and industry insiders say they’ve rarely seen such pre-release demand for a non-fiction book. Although, having done some fact-checking, I must say putting it into the non-fiction category may be a stretch.

Anyway, with her custom bus rumbling from one town to the next for these Take-Back-America tent revivals, it’s like a Shania Twain concert tour without the band.

The striking thing about Palin is the fervor she evokes from both sides of the aisle. Her fans see her as one of their own; a conservative politician who speaks plainly and without apology. She talks about complex subjects as if they are easily grasped. She barbecues public discontent with politicians like a nice moose steak, and serves it up steaming with just a hint of red meat in the middle.

And what pleases her fans infuriates her foes. Want to watch a liberal friend start breaking dishes? Just say “You know, Sarah Palin has some good points.” Never mind that she has made big-enough blunders to undermine any future run at a major political office. (Hey, just look at the polls.) Forget about the fact that she is engaged in that wacky battle with her erstwhile, sort-of-son-in-law, the Playgirl posing Levi. She still drives the opposition completely nuts.

Why? It comes down to something very simple. America is interested in her. For good or for bad. And in the modern age of celebrity politics, where popularity often trumps policy, that makes her a player. Heck, she’s raised that game to such a level you might even say she wrote the book.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Kimberley Campbell

    I have been following her tour of her book release. Have not changed my opinion of her since her VP run

    November 20, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  2. Jordan

    Palin is going to surprise you Bigtime on your comment that she has made enough blunders to undermine her major political future....It's simple, American is Not interested in this Dictator type of politics that we have now. She wants to take America back....and We will.

    November 20, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  3. Rufael Mulugeta

    My status is a refugee here in the USA & I am reasonably educated person and I worked as a communication officer for various International Organizations in Africa as well as here in the USA . However, in the course of all these years, I never understood the Credit Card agreement documents from all the Banks in the USA. It is written by ugly gibberish lawyers and is is full of crap to confuse the public at large. Because of that, my credit card debt load is unimaginable and I want to extend my thanks and support to my hero, Alan Siege who came up with a simple 1 page credit card contract format.

    I hope millions of Americans will support his noble Idea.

    November 20, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  4. Tim Gibson

    "Golly, gee, as Sara Palin's biggest gay fan I do not think she has raised the level any higher than Obama did with his "celebrity politics" now more a distraction than an actual platform of solid movement forward in accomplishments during his first year in office beyond the ever expanding national debt and continued reckless behavior on the hill and in the white house.

    In the words of Dolly Parton, I got "the Mule Skinner Blues."

    November 20, 2009 at 1:04 pm |