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October 27, 2009

Sarah Palin: Going Rogue vs Going Rouge

sarah palin going rogueWhether you love Sarah Palin or can't stand her, November is shaping up as a big literary month for you. Palin's book, "Going Rogue," is scheduled for a Nov. 17 release. Pre-orders have made it a best-seller already, and it has also been helped by the price war among Walmart, Amazon and other retailers.

HarperCollins says Palin will provide "an intimate portrait of growing up in the wilds of Alaska; meeting her lifelong love; her decision to enter politics; the importance of faith and family; and the unique joys and trials of life as a high-profile working mother. She also opens up for the first time about the 2008 presidential race, providing a rare, mom's-eye view of high-stakes national politics—from patriots dedicated to "Country First" to slick politicos bent on winning at any cost."

But even before her memoir hits the shelves, she's become the target of parodies, including "Going Rouge," a collection of critical essays put together by two editors from The Nation. It will be released the same day as her memoir.

going rougeThe book's cover reminds me of a parody from Mad magazine or National Lampoon -- a seemingly faithful depiction, but the sunny skies on her memoir are replaced by storm clouds.

Publisher OR Books says it will examine "Palin’s quirky origins in Wasilla, Alaska, her spectacular rise to the effective leadership of the Republican Party, and the nightmarish prospect of her continuing to dominate the nation’s political scene."

Geez, OR, don't sugarcoat it -- tell us what you really think of her.

Posted by Dave Rosenthal at 11:55 AM | | Comments (10)


I just don't see why people call themselves conservatives when-

if they're in favor of life why don't they militantly oppose war? the death penalty?

wouldn't they be in favor of a lot of sex education and condoms?

why wouldn't they be strong eco warriors against global warming- trying to "conserve" our precious planet?

in fact, on the economic front, whey wouldn't they try to regulate laisser faire capitalism to prevent the sort of greedy- we hold all the wealth stuff we always get? it seems like it's the rich that want to "conserve" all the wealth for themselves

do conservatives care about the great numbers of persons in the world going to bed hungry- if they have a bed? when they will be sure to hate us who have wealth?

i just don't get it- it seems like a lot of hypocrisy and scamming- or, to say the least- misguided lack of education

Ayn Rand has been getting some play lately, also? why?

I try to be fair- but- why would I read this book? Why wouldn't I just dismiss it "out of hand".

I hope some enlightened Read St. blogger will enlighten me with some arguments of substance?

i get the impression that "conservatives" are sponsored.

I've always considered "Dutch" to be the worst political book ever. The only way to tell if Palin's book is worst would be to read it. Or maybe, instead, I'll just go through life not knowing which is the worst political book. The author of "Dutch" intentionally mixed facts and fiction. But Palin believes that whatever emerges from her mouth must be fact. Maybe there's a chapter on the newspapers she reads.

It's funny seeing the left act like 5 year olds with a publisher. How old are the authors of "Going Rouge" anyway?

Will they ever grow up?

All this signifies to me is they are afraid of Ms. Palin.

"All this signifies to me is they are afraid of Ms. Palin."

Not afraid, just amused.

David- that's because the so-called conservatives in the US are anything but. Just another example of Orwellian newspeak that we've grown so accustomed to in the US (just like so-called liberals in the US are to the right of what would be considered moderate in the rest of the world). There's nothing conservative about going to war at the drop of a hat, giving out enormous no-bid contracts to the corporate sector, stripping American citizens of their rights in the name of "national security" or raping our natural resources at record speed. About the only truly conservative Republican out there is Ron Paul, and the rest of the party does everything they can to marginalize him.

I agree that some conservatives (most?) offer contradictory positions, but don't throw Ayn Rand into that mix. She wasn't a conservative, liberal, or libertarian, and her views never contradicted each other. As she wrote: "Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong."

I agree with Tedd about Ayn Rand. The reason why she is getting more play, as one commenter asked, is because her books, from 52+ years ago accurately predicted the state of the union and what would happen if we followed altruist and collectivist ideas into the future. So her Atlas Shrugged is selling twice as many as it did last year, and 2008 was the highest selling year in its history.

Mr. anonymous- thanx for the posting re Ron Paul- you make me think there are more words than liberal and conservative being misused.
So how to change that?
Ms. Palin probably isn't "rogue" at all. Some one like Ralph Nader? He's rogue, not her.

Goooo Sarah, I love your book and I haven't read it yet. You are the next Ronald Reagan. I am ready to support you 110 percent. You have the energy we have all been craving for since Ross Perot! Let's lame duck Obama in 2010! Gooooooooooooooooooo Sarah 2012!

if they're in favor of life why don't they militantly oppose war? the death penalty?


The same can be said about liberals. They are into killing unborn babies, but not for killing those who have committed crimes against humanity. How can one be for abortion and against the death penalty?

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Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now is the Maryland Editor. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.
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