Late Returns: Everything You Need To Know About This Palin Tell-All
It is unclear whether or not the memoir being shopped around by former Palin aide Frank Bailey, "In Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of our Tumultuous Years," will find a publisher.
The biggest reason why not? Well, as Alex Pareene points out today, this new offering only "confirms what you know about Sarah Palin." Come to think of it, why didn't you write this book? Probably because you have better things to do! Anyway, here's a brief and lamentable compendium of everything you need to know about this:
--Ben Smith and Andy Barr talked to a "Palin ally, who spoke on the condition of anonymity," who said that the content [of Bailey's book] should be viewed through the lens of Bailey being "the quintessential disgruntled employee." This disgruntled employee still had access to Palin's email passwords, however!
--The folks at Wonkette discovered that Sarah Palin apparently operates a second Facebook account under the name "Lou Sarah," which is exclusively used to "like" the things the actual Sarah Palin likes. This is deeply weird: is Sarah Palin not aware that she has a huge and obsessive fanbase on Facebook that will reflexively do these things anyway?
--Andrew Sullivan: "Bailey describes Palin's eventual media strategy: avoid any MSM interviews and get talking points out through surrogates. Who were they? Bailey names names: Bill Kristol, Mary Matalin, former Bush aides Jason Recher and Steve Biegun, GOP officials Nick Ayers and Michael Steele, Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Glenn Beck, Greta Van Susteren, Sean Hannity, and Bill O'Reilly." Bailey says: "We could normally expect them to repeat any coordinated message we sent." This is all pretty shocking to you, I'm sure.
--Sarah Palin is not a big Newt Gingrich fan.
--Bailey blames Joe McGinniss for the leak of his book.
And that's about it. Next week, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank will be able to talk about this.
Would-be presidential candidate Donald Trump apparently has a gun, which he will probably use to protect himself from "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Jose Canseco. I know I would. [Politico]
Haley Barbour took some heat last week after he refused to denounce...well, anyone, actually. But especially not Ku Klux Klan grand wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was to be honored by a Mississippi state license plate. But he's found a work-around this week, saying that he'll veto the bill that would create this license plate. [NY Mag]
David Frum says that Thune's departure from the 2012 benefits Mitt Romney, unless it doesn't, in which case it benefits Tim Pawlenty, unless it doesn't, in which case it benefits nobody. (Though the big beneficiary of Thune's decision not to run is probably John Thune.) [Frum Forum]
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